How will the Signature class differ from the line's recent Vista-class models?
Innovative top-deck restaurant. The 144-seat eatery and 50-seat lounge will provide panoramic views of the ocean and the Lido pool.
Additional decks and cabins. The Signature class will feature 63 additional staterooms; 47 of the added accommodations will be verandah cabins, and 10 of them will be...
...a new style of stateroom. These 10 cabins, exclusive to the Signature class, will feature ceiling-to-floor and wall-to-wall windows.
Other additions include an Explorer's Lounge Bar, a premium wine-tasting lounge, a jewelry boutique, an atrium bar area and reconfigured show lounge, and a new photography center. Staterooms will be equipped from day one with premium "Signature of Excellence" amenities such as Euro-top beds, Egyptian cotton towels, flat-screen televisions and massaging shower heads. Favorite "Signature" features such as the Culinary Arts Center, Explorations Cafe and Pinnacle Grill are also on the blueprints.
One Signature-class ship is on order for delivery in the summer of 2008, with an option for another in the spring of 2010; the ships will be constructed at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard. Both are as yet unnamed, but will be the largest vessels ever constructed for the line at 86,000 tons -- each carrying 2,044 passengers and a price tag of $450 million.