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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.

New Ship Tonnage Berths Launch Date New Ship Details
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 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.


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 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.
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 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 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 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.
MSC Cruises (Unnamed)
154,000 4,140 2017 and 2018 The as-yet-unnamed ships will launch in 2017 and 2018 and will according to MSC be game changers, with a promenade with shops, restaurants, bars and wind-deflectors. The 154,400 gross ton ships will have 2,070 cabins holding 4,140 passengers in double occupancy and 1,413 crew members. 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.


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.


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