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quantum-of-the-seas-rendering There's nothing we love more than snagging a peek at those first facts and figures about cruise ships that are on order. 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.

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To the right: A rendering of Quantum of the Seas. Photo appears courtesy of RCI.

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146,600 4,028 January 2014 Norwegian Getaway will be the second of four Project Breakaway ships. Getaway will sail year-round from Miami starting in February 2014. Pop artist David "LEBO" Le Batard has designed the hull art, which will feature mermaids and pelicans and will use colors inspired by the sun and the ocean. The line's "Illusionarium" -- a special-effects magic show -- debuts on Getaway, which also will feature a Grammy museum and the Broadway show, "Legally Blonde." The ship will offer weeklong Eastern Caribbean cruises.
Pandaw River Cruises' Kindat Pandaw
187 feet 40 January 2014 Kindat Pandaw is one of two river ships Pandaw River Cruises is adding to its fleet in 2014. Both sail in Burma between Mandalay and Bagan. The new ships are in keeping with the line's committed "colonial style" -- simply furnished and clad in warm wood and brass.
Pandaw River Cruises' Kalaw Pandaw
187 feet 40 January 2014 Kalaw Pandaw is one of two river ships Pandaw River Cruises is adding to its fleet in 2014. Both sail in Burma between Mandalay and Bagan. The new ships are in keeping with the line's committed "colonial style" -- simply furnished and clad in warm wood and brass.
Emerald Waterways' Emerald Star
443 feet 182 February 2014 Part of Scenic Tours, Emerald Waterways line will sail seven to 14-night itineraries on Europe's Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle Rivers. The line's two ships, Emerald Star and Emerald Sky each have 92 cabins divided into five different categories –– and an innovative dual-purpose public space that transforms from a pool to a cinema.
Avalon Waterways' Avalon Poetry II
N/A 128 March 2014 Avalon Poetry II will join Avalon Waterways "Suite Ship" class. Fifty-two cabins -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts.
Avalon Waterways' Avalon Impression
N/A 166 March 2014 Avalon Impression will join Avalon Waterways "Suite Ship" class. Sixty-six cabins -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts.
Avalon Waterways' Avalon Illumination
N/A 166 March 2014 Avalon Illumination will join Avalon Waterways "Suite Ship" class. Sixth-six cabins -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts.
Viking Cruises' Viking Buri
443 feet 190 March 2014 Viking Buri is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Delling
443 feet 190 March 2014 Viking Delling is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Heimdal
443 feet 190 March 2014 Viking Heimdal is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Hermod
443 feet 190 March 2014 Viking Hermod is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Ingvi
443 feet 190 March 2014 Viking Ingvi is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Lif
443 feet 190 March 2014 Viking Lif is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking River Cruises' Viking Hemming
262 feet 106 March 2014 Viking Hemming is one of two new Viking ships built to sail Portugal's Duoro River. Like the ships in Viking's Longships Class, Hemming and fleetmate Torgil feature the line's famous Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow. Hemming also has a sundeck with outdoor pool and putting green. It has four classes of cabins, including six Veranda Suites (302 square feet), featuring French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms.
Viking River Cruises' Viking Hemming
262 feet 106 March 2014 Viking Torgil is one of two new Viking ships built to sail Portugal's Duoro River. Like the ships in Viking's Longships Class, Torgil and fleetmate Hemming feature the line's famous Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow. Hemming also has a sundeck with outdoor pool and putting green. It has four classes of cabins, including six Veranda Suites (302 square feet), featuring French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms.
Aqua Expeditions' Aqua Mekong
210 feet 40 March 2014 Aqua Expeditions, which made its name in the river cruise market by offering luxury expedition cruises on South America's Amazon River, will enter the Southeast Asian market in 2014 with the launch of Aqua Mekong. The ship offers a 1:1 passenger-to-crew ratio, and its 20 suites feature California king-sized beds and rainwater showerheads.
Emerald Waterways' Emerald Sky
443 feet 182 February 2014 Part of Scenic Tours, Emerald Waterways line will sail seven to 14-night itineraries on Europe's Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle Rivers. The line's two ships, Emerald Star and Emerald Sky each have 92 cabins divided into five different categories –– and an innovative dual-purpose public space that transforms from a pool to a cinema.
Viking Cruises' Viking Alsvin
443 feet 190 April 2014 Viking Alsvin is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Bestla
443 feet 190 April 2014 Viking Bestla is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Eistla
443 feet 190 April 2014 Viking Eistla is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Gullveig
443 feet 190 April 2014 Viking Gullveig is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Kvasir
443 feet 190 April 2014 Viking Kvasir is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
AmaWaterways' AmaReina
443 feet 164 April 2014 New in 2014, AmaReina and AmaSonata follow in the footsteps of AmaWaterways' AmaPrima, AmaBello, AmaVerde and AmaCerto for the 2014 season. AmaReina has staterooms and suites ranging in size from 160 to 350 square feet, across nine different categories. It also has a small, heated pool with swim-up bar on the top deck.
AmaWaterways' AmaSonata
443 feet 164 April 2014 New in 2014, AmaSonata and AmaReina follow in the footsteps of AmaWaterways' AmaPrima, AmaBello, AmaVerde and AmaCerto for the 2014 season. AmaSonata has staterooms and suites ranging in size from 160 to 350 square feet, across nine different categories. It also has a small, heated pool with swim-up bar on the top deck.
5,000 159 April 2014 Uniworld's S.S. Catherine will be similar to the stylish S.S. Antoinette, which debuted in spring 2011. The riverboat will cruise the South of France along the Rhone and Saone Rivers.
Scenic Tours' Scenic Gem
362 feet 126 April 2014 Scenic Gem will sail the Seine through northern France. One of Scenic's "Space Ships," Gem (362 feet long) is slightly smaller than its fleetmates so it can transit the whole span of the Seine. Most of Gem's cabins feature private outdoor balconies. The ship features multiple dining options, including in-suite dining, and butlers.
Scenic Tours' Scenic Jade
443 feet 169 April 2014 Like fleetmates Scenic Crystal and Scenic Jewel, Scenic Jade is a "Space Ships," so named to highlight a higher-than-normal space ratio. It includes a unique Sun Lounge design, which allows passengers to experience true outdoor balcony space in all kinds of weather. Scenic Jade offers shore excursions and complimentary butler service on all European itineraries.
Riviera Travel's ms William Shakespeare
360 feet 140 April 2014 Riviera Travel, which operates river cruises throughout Europe and on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, will launch ms William Shakespeare on the Rhine in April. The ship boasts sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods and brass fittings in its 161-square-foot cabins and 245-square-foot suites.


141,000 3,600 May 2014 Regal Princess will be a sister to June 2013's prototypical Royal Princess. Regal Princess will share many amenities and characteristics with its sister, including an expanded atrium, known as the Piazza; the SeaWalk, a cantilevered, glass-enclosed walkway that will extend 28 feet beyond the ship's edge and 128 feet over the water; a series of private, for-fee poolside cabanas; an adults-only pool; a pastry shop; and the Princess Live! television studio. All outside cabins will feature balconies, which amounts to about 80 percent of accommodations having al fresco space.
N/A 210 June 2014 The luxury ship is the first for relative newcomer Pearl Seas Cruises. The ship boasts high-end amenities, immersive itineraries and large cabins that start at 302 square feet. It also has a dozen singles cabins, a rarity in this segment of cruising. The ship will sail itineraries into New England, Canada, the Great Lakes and the Caribbean.
Viking Cruises' Viking Idi
443 feet 190 May 2014 Viking Idi is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Tui Cruises' Mein Schiff 3
99,700 2,506 June 2014 The ship will be the first new-build from German-based Tui Cruises, which is a joint venture between Royal Caribbean and TUI AG.
Viking Cruises' Viking Kara
443 feet 190 June 2014 Viking Kara is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Tauck River Cruising's ms Inspire
N/A 130 June 2014 Tauck's fifth riverboat -- the first of two "Inspiration Class" newbuilds -- will be 23 percent longer than its other four ships, with only 10 percent more capacity. Carrying only 130 passengers, the ships will offer passengers more room than many similar-sized ships that carry up to 190 passengers.
Viking Cruises' Viking Hlin
443 feet 190 July 2014 Viking Hlin is one of 14 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
N/A 130 July 2014 Tauck's sixth riverboat -- the second of two "Inspiration Class" newbuilds -- will be 23 percent longer than its first four ships, with only 10 percent more capacity. Carrying only 130 passengers, the ships will offer passengers more room than many similar-sized ships that carry up to 190 passengers.
AmaWaterways' AmaPura
188 feet 56 Fall 2014 AmaWaterways is also expanding in Asia with AmaPura, which has three categories of suites laid out on the ship's two main decks. The two largest suites measure 420 square feet each and are situated at the aft section of the ship's upper deck. The remaining 20 cabins are spacious, measuring between 285 and 290 square feet. AmaWaterways' cruises offer ambitious regional cuisine, and most shore excursions are included in the fares.
Haimark Travel's Irrawaddy Explorer
187 feet 40 September 2014 Colorado-based Haimark Travel is following the eastern wave of expansion in the river cruise industry with the launch of a small ship on Burma's Irrawaddy River. The 28 cabins onboard are all suites and will offer passengers between 280 and 410 square feet of living space.
Haimark Travel's Mekong Navigator
187 feet 40 September 2014 Haimark Travel will launch 68-passenger Mekong Navigator on the Mekong River in 2014. The ship has 34 cabins laid out over three decks; the rooms measure from 256 square feet up to 584 square feet in the Deluxe Suites. The ship is decorated in a French colonial style, as is typical of river cruises in the region, and the crew-to-passenger ratio is 2:1. The onboard restaurant and dining room serves Southeast Asian and Western cuisine, and there's a nightly slow-food entree on the menu.
132,500 N/A October 2014 This ship, slated for delivery in late-October 2014, will be the largest ever built for Italy-based Costa Cruises.


167,800 4,180 November 2014 Quantum of the Seas is the first of three next-generation ships for Royal Caribbean. The flagship of the Quantum Class will be loaded with 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.
Sanctuary Retreats' Sanctuary Ananda
200 feet 44 December 2014 Sanctuary Ananda will ply the waters of Burma. All of its cabins will be suites. The smallest standard suites measure 291 to 301 square feet, and four luxury suites range between 334 and 356 square feet. The signature, apartment-sized Aloungpayah Suite comes in at 721 square feet. Cruise packages with Sanctuary include everything except flights, wine, spirits and gratuities.
141,000 3,611 February 2015 When Britannia debuts, it will be by far the biggest ship in the P&O Cruise fleet, coming in at 141,000 tons and carrying 3,611 passengers -- some 25,000 tons larger than P&O's previous biggest ship, Azura. It will also be the biggest ship ever built specifically for the U.K. market. The ship will include purpose-built single cabins with balconies and the largest spa in the fleet.
167,800 4,180 Spring 2015 The ship will be the second of Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class of vessels. Anthem of the Seas will be based in Southampton during the summer, offering Mediterranean itineraries; it will be based in Forth Lauderdale offering Caribbean cruises over the winter months. Anthem of the Seas will be loaded with 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.


48,000 928 May 2015 Viking Star will represent Viking's first foray into ocean cruising. The ship will sail under the new Viking Ocean Cruises moniker. 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. Star also will feature a promenade that fully encircles the ship.
Tui Cruises' Mein Schiff 4
99,300 2,500 May 2015 The ship will be the second new-build from German-based Tui Cruises, a joint venture between Royal Caribbean and TUI AG.
N/A N/A Spring 2015 The ship will be the fourth in Campagnie du Ponant's fleet.


163,000 4,200 October 2015 The third ship in NCL's Breakaway class will be larger than Breakaway and Getaway, coming in at 163,000 tons and carrying 4,200 passengers. It will feature one more deck than the first two ships of the class.
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.
Holland America (Unnamed)
99,000 2,660 Feb 2016 New Holland America cruise ship will be the first for the line since 2010's Nieuw Amsterdam.
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 The as-yet-unnamed ship 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.
Royal Caribbean (Unnamed)
167,800 4,180 Mid-2016 Royal Caribbean's third Quantum Class vessel will sail in 2016. Like its sister ships -- Quantum 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.
Royal Caribbean's Oasis III
225,282 5,400 Mid-2016 Royal Caribbean's third Oasis Class vessel will be built and ready to sail by 2016. There's an also an option for a fourth ship, which could launch mid-2018. When the ship is complete, it will be the largest passenger ship afloat.


54,000 738 Summer 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 The as-yet-unnamed ship 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.
Unknown Unknown Second half 2016 The as-yet-unnamed ship will be modeled after the line's Odyssey Class series.
Carnival Vista
135,000 4,000 Winter 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."
Titanic II
40,000 1,680 2016 Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has announced plans to build a replica of Titanic, called Titanic II. Seniors will be banned from the casino, says Palmer. Is it just one massive publicity stunt?


163,000 4,200 Spring 2017 The fourth ship in NCL's Breakaway class, Norwegian Bliss, will be the same size as the third in the class, 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.
MSC Cruises (Unnamed)
167,600 2,250 2017 and 2019 The as-yet-unnamed ships will launch in 2017 and 2019 and will by passenger capacity become the second-largest ships 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.


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