Find here the answer to which is the newest cruise ships currently under construction or on order. You can jump directly to the lists of new vessels on order / under construction (2018-2027), as well as new river ships (2015-2021) and new cruiseferries (2010-2024).
Here you'll find them all - from small to really big to the ever largest cruise ships from the fleets of Royal Caribbean, NCL and MSC. So browse to know the world's major cruise ship orders for construction of brand new passenger ships, with information on their design and construction, building cost, passenger capacity, builders (shipyards).
Our list of newly built cruise ships with first sailings ("Inaugural Cruises", aka "Maiden Voyages") offers simply the most special travel deals ever. These are absolutely unique offers for one-time-only events, which just like our birthdays are moments cherished for a lifetime. Most of the world's top cruise companies add to their fleets one newly build (or acquired) ship every 2 to 4 years on the average.
Newest cruise ships
New companies on the cruising market are Dream Cruises (2016, GHK), Virgin Voyages (2017), Ritz-Carlton (2017), Norwegian Yacht Voyages (2017), CSSC Carnival China (2018), Diamond Cruise (2020, China), Anteros Cruises (2017), Zen Cruises (2018, Essel Group India), Merhi Cruises (2018, Lebanon), Blue World Voyages (2019), Cruise Retirement (2020), Arctic Cruise Line (2021).
Cruise vessels on order 2018-2027 deliveries
The largest "small ship" cruise companies are Viking Ocean and Ponant. Industry's estimated revenue for 2018 was USD 40 billion, with projected growth to USD 59 billion (2027). In terms of source passengers, the largest markets are North America (50+%) and Europe (30+%). The fastest-growing market is luxury cruising, with the largest companies being Viking Ocean (Viking Expeditions), Silversea, MSC (separate small-ship fleet), Crystal (yachts and riverboats), Ponant, Hapag-Lloyd, RSSC-Regent.
New MSC ships 2017-2026
On March 20, 2014, MSC and STX France signed in Paris a letter of intent for building 2 new mega-liners with scheduled deliveries in 2017 (Meraviglia) and 2019 (Bellissima), each with GT 167,600 tons (slightly smaller than Quantum-class / 167,800 GT), but with bigger passenger capacity - 4500 (vs 4180).
In February 2016, MSC announced the building of two "Meraviglia Plus" class liners with max capacity 6300 passengers, 200 more cabins, 16 meters longer (compared to Meraviglia-Class, This order made MSC France's largest private foreign investor - with USD 8,6+ billion in export contracts over a 5-year period. On April 6, 2016, MSC signed a letter of intent with STX France for the construction of up to four World-Class vessels - LNG-powered, with GT tonnage 250,000 tons and max passenger capacity 6800.
On November 29, 2017, MSC announced the order of 2 "Seaside EVO" class ships from Fincantieri (contract value EUR 1,8 billion). The new ships are bigger (16 m longer, 17,330 GT tons heavier, with 200 more cabins / 467 more passengers) in comparison to Seaview and Seaside. Newbuilds' deliveries were scheduled for 2021 (Seashore) and 2023 (tbn). With Seaside EVO, MSC had a total investment of EUR 10,5 billion into 12 new vessels with scheduled deliveries by 2026. The first of four "World Class" vessels will be delivered in 2022.
In October 2018, MSC and Fincantieri signed an MoA (memorandum of agreement) for the construction of 4 ultra-luxury expedition ships with total value EUR 2+ billion. The newbuilds (the first is scheduled for delivery in 2023-Q1) have GT tonnage ~64,000 tons and 500 cabins. The remaining 3 units are due to enter service one per year (2024-2025-2026).
New Carnival ships 2019-2022
In March 2015 was announced, that Carnival Corporation orders a total of 9 new vessels to be built by two different companies. Fincantieri SpA (Italy) will construct 5 ships in Monfalcone and Marghera. Meyer Werft BmbH will construct the other 4 ships in Germany (Papenburg) and Finland (Turku).
One of the new vessels (for Princess) will be of a new class, with a gross tonnage of 175,000. All new liners feature next-generation designs and marine architecture and technologies, each designed accordingly to the brand it will serve (Costa, AIDA, Princess, Holland America, Carnival). In 2019 was established CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping - a Chinese joint venture company with a separate fleet of 2 Costa ships (Atlantica, Mediterranea) plus 2 newbuilds (2023, 2024).
The next photo represents the NCL Leonardo ship design.
The next video is about the new Ponant ships in the Explorer Class.
|Shipowner||Ship Name (launch year)||Vessel Details (Gross Tonnage, Capacity||Building Cost (millions USD or EUR) / Shipbuilder|
Blue Star Line (owned by Clive Palmer)
|$500 / CSC Jinling (China)|
(1) $645 , MHI-Mitsubishi
(2) $950, Meyer Werft Papenburg
TBN 2023, TBN 2024
|SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co Ltd) China|
Queen TBN (2022)
|$ / Fincantieri|
Celestyal TBN1 (2020)
Celestyal TBN2 (2021)
Celebrity Flora (May 2019, Galapagos fleet)
Flora (pax 100, cabins 50)
$900 / STX France
Disney Wish (2021), Disney TBN (2022), Disney TBN (2023)
|$ / Meyer Werft (Papenburg Germany)|
TUI (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
|$155 each / VARD Norway-Romania|
|$520 each / Fincantieri|
"Breakaway Plus" class
(1-2) $920 each
(3-4) $1,1 billion each
(5) $850 million each
(1-2-3-4) Meyer Werft
Oceania Cruises (NCLH)
(Allura-class) - Oceania TBN1 (2022), Oceania TBN2 (2025)
EUR 575 each / Fincantieri
Seaside EVO ships - MSC Seashore (May 2021), tbn (February 2023)
4 ships "World Class" - MSC Europa (2022 May), tbn2 (2024), tbn3 (2025), tbn4 (2026)
4 ultra-luxury ships - tbn1 (2023), tbn2 (2024), tbn3 (2025), tbn4 (2026)
|$450 (each) / Fincantieri|
The USD 2,5 billion financing for both RCI Oasis-class Finland-built ships (8 and 9) was announced in Dec 2017. The international bank consortium includes BNP Paribas (France), HSBC (UK), BBVA (Spain), Commerzbank (Germany), BayernLB (Germany), DZ Bank (Germany), KfW IPEX-Bank (Germany), JPMorgan (USA), Santander Bank (USA), SMBC (Japan). The largest loan package was provided by KfW IPEX (EUR 686 million). Both loans were granted per vessel (separately) with terms of 12 years from the ship's delivery date.
On May 9, 2014, was announced the 4th Oasis-class order. On Nov 3, 2015, was announced the 5th Oasis-class order (contract signed on May 25, 2016). On February 18, 2019, was announced the 6th Oasis-class order.
On July 2, 2019, was ordered the 3rd Icon-class liner by Meyer Turku.
(3, 4, 5, 6) $625 each
(1, 2, 7) $614
builder- Meyer Werft (Finland)
(8, 9) - Fincantieri (Italy)
TUI (Marella Cruises)
3 transferred / old ships
EUR 200 million (each)
Genting Hong Kong (Crystal Cruises)
$960 each / Lloyd Werft (Germany)
new expedition class vessels designed by Rolls-Royce Marine
|$220 each / Montex Shipyard (Poland) and Kleven Shipyard (Norway)|
SeaDream Yacht Club
|SeaDream Innovation (2021-September)||155-m long mega-yacht, 220 pax, 220 crew, onboard helicopter||Damen (Mangalia, Romania)|
|$230 / Uljanik Group (Croatia)|
(1-2) $960 / Meyer Werft (Germany)
(3-4) $1,1 billion / Lloyd Werft (Germany)
|$350 (each) / Meyer Werft|
Scarlet Lady (2020), TBN2 Lady (2021), TBN3 Lady (2022),
|$710 each / Fincantieri (Genoa)|
NYV Caroline (2023)
plus 3 more same-class yachts (deliveries 2024, 2026, 2027)
|$ / MetalShips and Docks (Spain)|
(NatGeo Quest & Venture ships)
(NatGeo Endurance & Resolution ships)
Evrima (2020 June), TBN2 (2021), TBN3 (2022)
|$225 (each) / Barreras Shipyard (Vigo, Spain)|
Australias Cruises Patagonia
Ventus Australis (polar expedition ship) 2018 January
|$ / ASENAV Shipyard (Valdivia, Chile)|
|$150 / Brodosplit shipyard (Croatia)|
Mystic Cruises (charters to Quark Expeditions and Nicko Cruises)
|$80 / WestSEA (Viana, Portugal)|
|$150 / Brodosplit Croatia|
|$75 each / VARD Vung Tau Vietnam (VARD Norway)|
Flying Clipper (2018-Q3)
|EUR 100 million / Brodosplit (Croatia)|
Sea Cloud Cruises
Sea Cloud Spirit (2020)
|MetalShips and Docks (Vigo, Spain)|
plus 8 optional vessels
|$ / Arctech Helsinki (Finland)|
MS Utopia (2021)
|$1,1 billion / Samsung Heavy Industries (Geoje Shipyard, South Korea)|
SunStone Ships Inc
all vessels are owned by SunStone and chartered to clients
|$65 / CMIH-China Merchants Industry Holdings|
Magellan Explorer (2019 November)
|$50 / ASENAV Shipyard (Valdivia, Chile)|
|$? / Hunghai Shipyard (China)|
This survey shows the list of newest river cruise ships and luxury boats. These are all newbuilds, so the list excludes boats that are chartered to other companies (thus only refurbished and renamed).
For all riverboats tracked at CruiseMapper, you can visit our River Cruises hub, where are listed all river shipping companies and their fleets.
|Shipowner / Shipbuilder||Riverboat Names||Vessel Details (launch year, capacity)|
Viking River Cruises longships
shipbuilder: Neptun Werft (Rostock, Germany)
(1, 4, 5) 95 cabins, 190 passengers
shipbuilder: Chesapeake Shipbuilding (USA)
shipbuilder: Vahali Shipyards (Serbia), Lloyd Werft (Germany), Vietnam (Dara)
Scylla AG (Scylla Cruises) also chartered to Nicko Cruises, Riviera Travel UK, Tauck Travel USA)
Genting Hong Kong (Crystal River Cruises)
shipbuilder: Lloyd Werft (Germany)
shipbuilders: Vietnam (1), Holland (2), Croatia (3)
|Spirit of the Rhine||2021 (192)|
Mystic Cruises-Douro Azul (Riviera Travel UK)
Vantage Deluxe World Travel
small river cruise companies:
|TUI Maya, TUI Skyla, TUI Isla - length 135 m, pax 155, crew 40||2020|
|Spirit of the Rhine - pax 190||2021|
Russian shipbuilders (Nizhny Novgorod, Astrakhan)
|Pyotr Velikiy, Mustai Karim - length 141 m, pax 338, crew 90, cabins 169||2021 (EUR 44 million per unit)|
Here are listed large-sized new cruise ferries built between 2010-2024. RoRo vessels as types can be ferries (car and passenger ships), cruise ferries (with passenger cabins), cargo ships and freight barges.
|Ferry Company||Ship Name (launch year)||Vessel Capacity||Building Cost / Shipbuilder|
|Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry (China)|
WB Yeats (2018)
|Cantiere Navale Visentini (Italy)|
Color Hybrid (2019)
Viking Glory (2020)
TBN1, TBN2 (2021 Q1 and Q3)
TBN 1 and TBN2 (2023), plus 2 optional units (2024)
|AVIC Weihai Shipyard, China|
two cruise ferries (2021, 2022)
Abel Matutes (2010)
|Barreras Shipyard (Spain)|
Visemar One (2010)
|Cantiere Navale Visentini (Italy)|
TBN1 (2020), TBN2 (2022), plus 2 optional
|GSI (Guangzhou Shipyard International)|
TBN1 (2021), TBN2 (2023), plus 2 optional
|CSTC (China Shipbuilding Trading Co)|
Cruise Olympia (2010)
Nova Star (2014)
|ST Marine (Singapore)|
|Nuovi Cantieri Apuania (Italy)|
4 sisterships for Norwegian coastal passenger shipping between Bergen-Kerkenes
New Golden Bridge VII (2018)
|Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (Japan)|
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