New Cruise Ships and Developments to Expect Through 2026

A recurring discussion at the Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 conference among company executives and industry insiders was twofold. One, there is an increasingly strong demand for cruise travel internationally, prompting new ships to be built, and two, there are not enough shipyards to construct them quick enough.

Consider the statistics Cruise Industry News is reporting: worldwide cruise fleet will reach a passenger capacity of more than 33.5 million by 2026, up considerably from this year’s 23.6 million, and the picture of new-builds on the horizon begins to come into focus. The main players building cruise ships currently are Fincantieri in Italy with several yards, Lloyd Werft in Germany, Meyer Turku in Finland and Meyer Werft in Germany, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan and STX France in Saint-Nazaire.

Looking at the list below, compiled in part from Cruise Critic, it’s remarkable to note that these ships only account for mostly firm orders and not options cruise lines have to build additional sister ships through 2026, and the schedule is already tightly stacked.

It doesn’t even include river vessels, which are experiencing a similar boom in expansion, nor Ponant’s four planned ships, Scenic’s Scenic Eclipse mega-yacht and Star Clippers’ new Flying Clipper being built at other yards.

As to the potential for additional yards to pick up some of the slack in the future, Asia may hold the solution. For instance, Carnival Corporation has announced that it will launch a new brand for China with potential new-builds that would be constructed under partnership with China State Shipbuilding Corporation and Fincantieri.

The question of whether cruise ships could also be built in America also comes up from time to time. While smaller ships like those for American Cruise Lines are built domestically by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp., large passenger vessels have not been built for awhile in the Unites States. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America actually started life with its hull constructed in the U.S., but it was completed at Lloyd Werft in Germany.

The challenge is mainly finding facilities that have years of expertise and suppliers readily capable of providing everything from cabins to water slides. Bottom line costs are also a predominant consideration, and inevitably it’s cheaper to build new cruise ships overseas.

virgin-cruisesRoyal princess

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Carnival vista 1

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Norwegian Joy

Fincantieri

Carnival Cruise Line ~ Carnival Vista ~ May 2016

Regent Seven Seas Cruises ~ Seven Seas Explorer ~ July 2016

Seabourn Cruise Line ~ Seabourn Encore ~ December 2016

Viking Ocean Cruises ~ Viking Sky ~ March 2017

Silversea Cruises ~ Silver Muse ~ Spring 2017

MSC Cruises ~ MSC Seaside ~ November 2017

Princess Cruises ~ Majestic Princess ~ 2017

Viking Ocean Cruises ~ Venice-class 4 ~ 2017

Carnival Cruise Line ~ Carnival Vista 2 ~ March 2018

MSC Cruises ~ Seaside-class 2 ~ May 2018

Seabourn Cruise Line ~ Seabourn Ovation ~ Spring 2018

Holland America Line ~ Pinnacle-class 2 ~ November 2018

Viking Ocean Cruises ~ Venice-class 5 ~ 2018

Princess Cruises ~ Royal-class 4 ~ 2019

P&O Cruises Australia ~ 1 ~ 2019

Costa Asia ~ 1 ~ 2019

Princess Cruises ~ Royal-class 5 ~ 2020

Viking Ocean Cruises ~ Venice-class 6 ~ 2020

Regent Seven Seas Cruises ~ Explorer-class 2 ~ 2020

Costa Asia ~ 2 ~ 2020

Virgin Cruises ~ 1 ~ 2020

Virgin Cruises ~ 2 ~ 2021

Virgin Cruises ~ 3 ~ 2022

Lloyd Werft

Crystal Yacht Cruises ~ Crystal Endeavor ~ August 2018

Crystal Cruises ~ Exclusive-class 1 ~ Fall 2019

Crystal Cruises ~ Exclusive-class 2 ~ 2020

Crystal Cruises ~ Exclusive-class 3 ~ 2021

Meyer Turku and Meyer Werft

Dream Cruises ~ Genting Dream ~ Fall 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line ~ Norwegian Joy ~ Spring 2017

Dream Cruises ~ World Dream ~ Fall 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line ~ Norwegian Bliss ~ 2018

AIDA Cruises ~ 1 ~ 2018

Royal Caribbean International ~ Quantum-class 4 ~ Spring 2019

Costa Cruises ~ 1 ~ Spring 2019

Saga Cruises ~ 1 ~ Summer 2019

Norwegian Cruise Line ~ Breakaway Plus-class 4 ~ 2019

Costa Cruises ~ 2 ~ Spring 2020

Royal Caribbean International ~ Quantum-class 5 ~ Fall 2020

AIDA Cruises ~ 2 ~ 2020

Disney Cruise Line ~ 1 ~ 2021

Disney Cruise Line ~ 2 ~ 2023

Mitsubishi

AIDA Cruises ~ 2 ~ 2017

STX France

Royal Caribbean International ~ Harmony of the Seas ~ May 2016

MSC Cruises ~ MSC Meraviglia ~ 2017

Celebrity Cruises ~ 1 ~ Fall 2018

Royal Caribbean International ~ Oasis-class 4 ~ 2018

MSC Cruises ~ Meraviglia-class 2 ~ 2019

MSC Cruises ~ Meraviglia Plus-class 1 ~ 2019

Celebrity Cruises ~ 2 ~ 2020

MSC Cruises ~ Meraviglia Plus-class 2 ~ 2020

MSC Cruises ~ World-class 1 ~ 2022

MSC Cruises ~ World-class 2 ~ 2024

 

Source: travelpulse

 

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