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Carnival Corporation & plc has reached an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build a 99,000-tonne ship for its Holland America Line brand and a 135,000-tonne ship for its Carnival Cruise Lines brand.

The 2,600-passenger Holland America vessel is slated for delivery in 2015 and will represent a new class of ship for the line five years after its most recent build, ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ new vessel will have the capacity for 4,000-passengers when she is launched in 2016 and will also represent a new class of ship for the line that welcomed Carnival Breeze earlier this year.

Costing approximately USD$195,000 per lower berth, the vessels join seven other new ship builds across the Corporation’s brands between 2013 and 2016.

“We have strategically timed the introduction of these new ships to allow ample time for those brands to further grow their passenger base and absorb the new capacity while minimising revenue yield dilution in the remainder of their existing fleets,” Carnival Corporation & plc chairman and CEO Micky Arison said.

Mr Arison went on to note that the new builds are expected, to some extent, to replace existing capacity reductions from the possible sale of older ships in the Corporation’s extensive fleet.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan