Carnival Corporation & plc has exercised its option for a new 86,000-ton vessel for its Holland America Line brand.
The new 2,100-passenger ship will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri
at its Marghera shipyard at an estimated all-in cost of â‚¬425 million. Delivery is scheduled for fall 2010.
Stein Kruse, Holland America Lineâ€™s president and CEO, noted that the new vessel will be a sister to the Eurodam which is already under construction at Fincantieri and due to debut in summer of 2008. Eurodamâ€™s size has been increased slightly since originally announced and both ships will have a lower-bed capacity of 2,100.
Kruse added that the two ships, to be the largest in Holland Americaâ€™s fleet, will maintain the brandâ€™s commitment to mid-sized vessels, larger staterooms, and richly appointed dining areas, lounges and other public rooms. â€œThe addition of these two ships represent
a 23 percent increase in our capacity over the 2008 through 2010 time period and will allow us to continue our premium leadership position and achieve a greater share of the growing cruise market,â€ he said.
The new vessel will continue the evolution of the Holland America Line brand with features that will include a topside 144-seat specialty restaurant, a diversity of live music and entertainment facilities, outside-view glass elevators at mid-ship, and an expanded Greenhouse Spa and Salon with thermal suites and hydro-pool.