Even bigger ships in 2016

By ,   October 12, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

There are 43 cruise ships on order scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2021. No doubt, more will be announced in the coming months. Seatrade Insider calculated the total cost at the thrilling £20 trillion. The average cost-per-berth is over £170,000. The new ships will accommodate 135,000 passengers. Following is the line-up for 2016:

  • Koningsdam: 2,660 passengers, 99,500-ton, arriving in April. The biggest vessel to be built for HAL (Holland America Line), part of the giant Carnival Corp. like Cunard, Princess and P&O. During her maiden season ms Koningsdam will sail to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Baltic and the British Isles. 
  • Ovation of the Seas: 4,180 passengers, 168,500-ton, arriving in April. The third Quantum-class vessel is destined to join her sister Allure of the Seas in the Far East. Chinese passengers are ready to spend a small fortune on luxury goods onboard the ship and beauty products and electronics at ports in Japan. 
  • Harmony of the Seas: 5,400 passengers, 227,700-ton, arriving in April. The third Oasis-class ship is being built slightly longer and broader and she can truly claim to be the largest cruise ship in the world. Just like Allure and Oasis, she features an open-air Central Park and Boardwalk area. For the first time Royal Caribbean will follow Carnival, MSC and NCL in fitting high-energy waterslides. 
  • Carnival Vista: 3,954 passengers, 133,500-ton, arriving in May. Carnival’s first new ship since 2012 Carnival Breeze, Vista will be the 25th in Carnival's fleet with more Americans to party at sea than any other. During her maiden summer season, Carnival Vista will be sailing in the Mediterranean. 
  • Regent Seven Seas Explorer: 738 passengers, 54,000-ton, arriving in July. Billed as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world, Explorer's suites ascend in size from 300 to 1,500 sq. feet. The ship will feature six restaurants on board. 
  • Seabourn Encore: 604 passengers, 40,350-ton, arriving in August. First of 2 new ships for the most luxurious brand of Carnival Corporation, with one additional deck more than the current Odyssey class ships but still with attentive service and of intimate dimensions. 

8 more ships are scheduled for delivery in 2017, another 8 in 2018, and 6 in 2019. The order books are filling up for 2020 and 2021. Among the newbuilds are 3 for Virgin Cruise Line, and 3 luxury ships for Crystal Cruises. 

The list of all cruise ships currently under construction is available at CruiseMapper