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There's nothing we love more than snagging a peek at those first facts and figures about cruise ships that are on order. We just love learning about new cruise ships. The process, from design to keel laying to launch, generally takes two to three years. We keep track of the cruise ships under construction -- large, small and offbeat -- in our chart below.

Want to learn more about what it takes to make an older ship feel like new? Peruse our comprehensive list of cruise ship refurbishments for information about upcoming overhauls.


New Ship Tonnage/
Berths
Launch Date New Ship Details
163,000/
4,200
October 2015 The first ship in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class will come in at 163,000 tons and carry 4,200 passengers. It will feature one more deck than the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, which make up the similar Breakaway Class. The ship will include an outdoor dining and drinking space, called The Waterfront, and will feature famed Miami bar, Tobacco Road. Escape will feature a hull painting by artist Guy Harvey, and it will sail Caribbean itineraries out of Miami.
AIDA Cruises' AIDAprima
125,000/
3,250
October 2015 First of two ships to be built for the German line at Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The two vessels will be the largest ever for AIDA.


99,000/
2,660
April 2016 Koningsdam represents a number of firsts for Holland America. The biggest cruise ship in its fleet not only will be the first for the line since 2010's Nieuw Amsterdam, but also frontline a new Pinnacle Class. "New to the line" highlights include solo and family cabins, and new dining venues: Sel de Mer (French), the Lido Market (twist on fleetwide Lido Restaurant), Grand Dutch Cafe and Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center. The ship's maiden season will include Mediterranean, Baltic, British Isles and Northern Europe itineraries.
AIDA Cruises' (Unnamed)
125,000/
3,250
March 2016 Second of two ships to be built for the German line at Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The two vessels will be the largest ever for AIDA.
48,000/
928
March 2016 Viking Sky will be the second of four ships to debut for the Viking Ocean Cruises brand. The ship will include several of the company's popular riverboat features, including the Aquavit Terrace, an alfresco dining venue, and plenty of outdoor space on the sundeck and beyond. The vessel also will feature a promenade that fully encircles the ship.
167,800/
4,180
April 2016 Royal Caribbean's third Quantum Class vessel will sail in 2016. Like its sister ships -- Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas -- this third ship will feature new-to-the-seas activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It also will feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will feature "virtual balconies" -- essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It also will feature the wildly innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics. Ovation of the Seas will be based in China year-round and is being built to lure Chinese cruisers.
225,282/
5,400
April 2016 Royal Caribbean's third Oasis Class vessel will be built and ready to sail by April 2016. A fourth-in-class ship, still unnamed, will launch mid-2018. When these ships are complete, they will be the largest passenger ships afloat.

54,000/
738

July 2016 Explorer will be the largest ship in Regent Seven Seas Cruises' fleet, growing its fleet capacity by a whopping 40 percent. It will feature 369 suites ranging from 300 square feet to 1,500 square feet, six open-seating gourmet restaurants, a nine-deck atrium and a two-story theater.
48,000/
928
Mid-2016 Viking Sea will be the third of four ships to debut for the Viking Ocean Cruises brand. The ship will include several of the company's popular riverboat features, including the Aquavit Terrace, an alfresco dining venue, and plenty of outdoor space on the sundeck and beyond. The vessel also will feature a promenade that fully encircles the ship.
Seabourn's Encore
40,350/
604
Second half 2016 Seabourn will build two ships new all-suite ships that will be the largest in the fleet. All 302 suites will include private balconies. Both ships will be constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
135,000/
4,000
Spring 2016 New cruise ship from Carnival will be the line's first since 2012's Carnival Breeze. Vista will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It will feature Carnival's 2.0 enhancements as well as a number of innovations unique to the ship, which will be the line's 25th "Fun Ship." This is the first ship in the Vista Class, which will include a second unnamed ship set to debut in spring 2018.


163,000/
4,200
Spring 2017 The second ship in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class, Norwegian Bliss, will be the same size as the first in the class Escape, coming in at 163,000 tons and carrying 4,200 passengers.
48,000/
928
Early 2017 The as-yet-unnamed ship will be the fourth of four ships to debut for the Viking Ocean Cruises brand. The ship will include several of the company's popular riverboat features, including the Aquavit Terrace, an alfresco dining venue, and plenty of outdoor space on the sundeck and beyond. The vessel also will feature a promenade that fully encircles the ship.
143,000/
3,560
2017 With the success of fleetmates Royal Princess and Regal Princess, Princess Cruises is building a third ship in it's Royal Class. After its summer 2017 debut, the unnamed ship will be based in China year-round. Little has been announced about the new ship, except that it will be built by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and will cost about 600 million euros. It will include features catered to the Chinese market as well as those on other ships, such as a central atrium, adults-only Sanctuary, SeaWalk, Princess Live! studio and Movies Under the Stars. The ship also will include balconies on all outside cabins.
167,600/
4,500
2017 Along with the yet-unnamed fleetmate that will launch in 2019, MSC Meraviglia will by passenger capacity become the second-largest ship in the world (after Oasis and Allure of the Seas). The 167,600 gross ton ships will have 2,250 cabins holding 4,500 passengers in double occupancy, and a maximum capacity of 5,700 passengers and 1,536 crew members.
154,000/
4,140
2017 MSC Seaside will launch in November 2017 and will herald a new class of MSC ship -- Seaside class. The ship will homeport in Miami year-round, and according to MSC it will be be a game changer, along with a (as yet unnamed) fleetmate that will launch in 2018, and an option on a third ship. Each of the ships will have a promenade with shops, restaurants and bars. The 154,400 gross ton ships will have 2,070 cabins holding 4,140 passengers in double occupancy and 1,413 crewmembers. The ships will be 1,060 feet long and 135 feet wide, with a height of 230 feet, and have more than 468,000 square feet of public areas, including a theater, a terraced balcony and panoramic lifts with sea views.
MSC Cruises (Unnamed)
154,000/
4,140
2018 The as-yet-unnamed ship will launch in 2018, and, according to MSC, will be a game changer, along with a fleetmate that will launch in 2017. Each of the two ships will have a promenade with shops, restaurants and bars. The 154,400 gross ton ships will have 2,070 cabins holding 4,140 passengers in double occupancy and 1,413 crewmembers. The ships will be 1,060 feet long and 135 feet wide, with a height of 230 feet, and have over 468,000 square feet of public areas, including a theater, a terraced balcony and panoramic lifts with sea views.


163,000/
4,200
Spring 2018 The third ship in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class will be the same size as the fleetmates Escape and Bliss, coming in at 163,000 tons and carrying 4,200 passengers.
Seabourn's Ovation
40,350/
604
Spring 2018 Seabourn will build two ships new all-suite ships that will be the largest in the fleet. All 302 suites will include private balconies. Both ships will be constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
135,000/
4,000
Spring 2018 This new Carnival cruise ship will be similar to fleetmate Carnival Vista, which is set to debut in Spring 2016. This new ship, part of the line's new Vista Class, will also be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. It will feature Carnival's 2.0 enhancements as well as a number of innovations unique to the ship, which will be the line's 26th "Fun Ship."
225,282/
5,400
Mid-2018 Royal Caribbean's fourth Oasis Class vessel will be built and ready to sail by 2018. A third-in-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, will launch April 2016. When theses ships are complete, they will be the largest passenger ships afloat.
Celebrity Cruises (Unnamed)
117,000/
2,900
Fall 2018 Celebrity Cruises, a line that touts "modern luxury," will build two ships under the name "Project Edge." This yet-unnamed vessel, as well as an identical fleetmate that will debut in 2020, will be built at STX France.
100,000+/
2,660
Fall 2018 The Holland America cruise ship will mark the second in a new Pinnacle Class, which also includes Koningsdam. It will be built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard.
Crystal Cruises (Unnamed)
99,000/
1,000
Late 2018 The first of Crystal Cruises' "Crystal Executive Class" ships will debut in late 2018 -- the line's first new builds for 12 years. The all-suite, all-balcony vessel will have the highest passenger to space ratio of any ship afloat. It will be built at Lloyd Werft in Germany and will be a polar ice class vessel.
Royal Caribbean(Unnamed)
167,800/
4,180
April 2019 Royal Caribbean's fourth Quantum Class vessel will debut in 2019. Like its sister ships -- Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas -- this third ship will feature new-to-the-seas activities such as onboard bumper cars and a skydiving simulator. It also will feature the North Star, a pod that extends up and over the ship for 360-degree views. Inside cabins will feature "virtual balconies" -- essentially floor-to-ceiling LCD TV screens linked to a camera mounted on the outside of the ship. It also will feature the wildly innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics.
MSC Cruises (Unnamed)
167,600/
4,500
2019 Along with the yet-unnamed fleetmate that will launch in 2017, this ship will by passenger capacity become the second-largest ship in the world (after Oasis and Allure of the Seas). The 167,600 gross ton ships will have 2,250 cabins holding 4,500 passengers in double occupancy, and a maximum capacity of 5,700 passengers and 1,536 crew members.


163,000/
4,200
Winter 2019 The fourth ship in NCL's Breakaway-Plus Class will be the same size as the fleetmates Escape and Bliss, coming in at 163,000 tons and carrying 4,200 passengers.
Celebrity Cruises (Unnamed)
117,000/
2,900
Early 2020 Celebrity Cruises, a line that touts "modern luxury," will build two ships under the name "Project Edge." This yet-unnamed vessel, as well as an identical fleetmate that will debut in 2018, will be built at STX France.






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