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Carnival Corporation have just announced a further two new ships. They have signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with Fincantieri to build a third ‘Pinnacle’ class ship for Holland America, and a sixth ‘Royal Princess’ class ship for Princess Cruises, and they expect to sign a firm contract for the ships in ‘early 2017’. The HAL ship (99,500 tons) will be constructed at Maghera for delivery in 2021 while the Princess ship (145,000 tons) will be constructed at Monfalcone and delivered in 2022. Carnival say that they now have 19 ships due for delivery between 2017 and 2022.

The Pinnacle class is a post-Panamax development of HAL’s Signature class (Eurodam, among others), itself a development of the Vista class. The new ship (when it arrives…) will therefore be a somewhat distant relative of Cunard’s Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, and even a very distant relative of P&O’s Arcadia. So far only the first Pinnacle class ship, Koningsdam, has gone into service.

The Princess ship is announced as being the sixth of the Royal Princess class. The others are named as Royal, Regal and Majestic Princess(es), with two more ordered and so far unnamed. So it seems thatP&O’s Britannia isn’t regarded as a member of the class.

Here’s a link to the Carnival Corporation announcement.

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