easyCruise May Build Four New Ships

May 8, 2006

easyCruising might be getting a bit easier: easyCruise announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to build two new, 7,500-ton, 500-passenger ships, with an option for two more. These ships would be significantly larger than the 4,077-ton, 170-passenger easyCruiseOne, currently the line's only ship, and the 100-passenger easyCruiseTwo, a river ship that will be joining the fleet this July. The new vessels will be built at Neorion Holdings' shipyards in Greece.

The new ships will reportedly sail from Athens, offering weekend cruises to Mykonos and Syros, and four-day cruises to Santorini and a few more Greek Islands. The ships may also cruise other parts of the Mediterranean, or go further afield to the Caribbean, Florida and the Bahamas, or Dubai.

It's important to note that, as exciting as the new ship development may sound, this is a "letter of intent" and not a committed, contracted-for newbuild. While letters of intent are important first steps, the only step that matters is a signed contract. easyCruise founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou reports that the line will be working with Neorion Holdings to finalize the details of their agreement in the next two months. We'll keep you posted.