Carnival Corporation has today announced two new cruise ship orders and on of those is to be a second Pinnacle class ship for Holland America.
Holland America Line already has a brand new Pinnacle class vessel being built by Fincantieri but now the Italian shipyard has made a deal with Carnival Corporation to add a second. The new ship will be identical to the upcoming MS Koningsdam and scheduled to be delivered by November 2018.
“To have been once more chosen for such an important order is the best recognition for our skills,” said Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri Chief Executive Officer. “This is an extremely important sign, especially if we consider the shipbuilding industry’s present period of evolution, both in Europe and Asia.”
Bono added, “Today Fincantieri can count on a solid order book, without equal in terms of diversification and quality of the product, which is a testament to our leadership in the cruise ship business sector. This position has been solidified over the years also thanks to our relationship with Carnival, a partnership which has allowed us to grow and which is now strengthened by our recent agreement involving the Chinese market and by today’s orders. We are hopeful that many others will follow in the future.”
Once the new vessel enters service it will carry 2,650 passengers along with 1,025 crew members. Onboard features similar to MS Koningsdam along with some new ones are expected. Cruise Hive has previously reported on MS Koningsdam, the cruise line released a video of renderings of what the ship will look like once it’s delivered in February 2016
The Carnival Corporation is still growing the cruise industry with many new vessel being ordered all the way up until 2018. You can also see a full list of new cruise ships on order here.