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Big plans and even bigger ships as cruise industry enters a hull new world in 2016

Koningsdam cruise ship under construction

Koningsdam is the biggest ship to be built for Holland America Line – like Cunard, P&O, and Princess, part of the giant Carnival Corporation. 2,660 passengers, 99,500 tons.

From The Mirror UK:

When the lavishly painted hull of Norwegian Escape swings into the Solent at the end of next month it will be the last of the class of 2015’s new cruise ships to take a bow.

There are 43 ships on order for delivery between 2016 and 2021. The ships will accommodate an extra 135,000 passengers and the average cost-per-berth is more than £170,000. Here’s the line-up for 2016:

The order books are already filling up for 2020 and 2021. Among them, three for Richard Branson’s Virgin Cruise Line, and three luxury vessels for the fast-growing Crystal Cruises. There’s just no stopping the cruise lines.

Read more about the ships under construction at The Mirror

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