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royal caribbean cruise shipanthem of the seas is being built at the meyer werft shipyard in germany 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.

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To the right: Anthem of the Seas at Meyer-Werft Shipyard.

New Ship Tonnage Berths Launch Date New Ship Details
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, named for fleetmate Quantum of the Seas, which debuted in Fall 2014. Anthem of the Seas will be based in Southampton during the summer, offering Mediterranean itineraries; it will then be based in Bayonne's Cape Liberty 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. It also will feature the wildly innovative entertainment space, Two70, which integrates HD-digital technology with singing, dancing and acrobatics.


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.
Ponant's Le Lyrial
N/A 224 April 2015 The ship will be the fifth in Ponant's fleet.


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 Feb 2016 Holland America's new cruise ship will mark the first in a new Pinnacle Class as well as 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 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.
Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas
167,800 4,180 Mid-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.
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. A fourth-in-class ship will launch mid-2018. When theses ships are complete, they will be the largest passenger ships 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Princess Cruises' (Unnamed)
143,000 3,560 2017 With the success of fleetmates Royal Princess and Regal Princess, Princess Cruises will build a third ship in it's Royal Class of ships. 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 also will include many of the same features that are on its fleetmates, such as a central atrium, the adults-only Sanctuary, Movies Under the Stars and plenty of balconies.
MSC Cruises (Unnamed)
167,600 4,500 2017 Along with the yet-unnamed fleetmate that will launch in 2019, 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.
MSC Cruises (Unnamed)
154,000 4,140 2017 The as-yet-unnamed ship will launch in 2017, and, according to MSC, will be a game changer, along with a fleetmate that will launch in 2018. 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.
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.
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 will launch mid-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.
99,000 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.
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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