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New ships announced by Princess, NCL

In separate transactions, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) signed agreements that will increase their combined fleets by nearly 12,000 berths between 2017 and 2019. In two recent press releases, Princess announced it will add a ship to its Royal class and NCL announced plans to build two Breakaway-Plus ships. The new ships will be the largest in their respective fleets.

The new Princess ship, expected to enter service in 2017, will measure 143,000 gross tons and have a passenger capacity of 3,560. She will be a near-sister to Royal Princess (which debuted in 2013) and Regal Princess (May 2014). Like her sisters, the new ship will boast ocean views from 80 percent of its cabins; additionally, she will offer what Princess describes as “brand-new amenities,” which will be disclosed at a later date.

The new NCL ships, expected to debut in second quarter 2018 and fourth quarter 2019, are slightly larger versions of the line’s current Breakaway class ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. Each will measure approximately 164,000 gross tons and carry up to 4,200 passengers. They will be the third and fourth in the upcoming Breakaway-Plus class, joining Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss, which are expected to debut in autumn 2015 and spring 2017, respectively.

Names and itineraries of the three ships have yet to be announced.

The Princess ship will be constructed at Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy; the NCL ships will be built at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.

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