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Costa Smeralda (image: Carnival Corporation)

More new cruise ships than ever in 2019

Cruise lines will take on 24 new ocean-going vessels during 2019, some of them massive, some of them nimble expedition ships.

As many as 24 new ocean-going cruise ships are expected to be delivered during 2019, making this the biggest year in history for new vessels, Cruise Industry News reports.

The total cost for the lines that are taking them on is just under $10 billion, adding 42,488 new berths to the market, eclipsing 2018’s record of around 34,000.

The vessels have an average passenger capacity of 1,770 and an average size of 67,694 tons.

Last year already smashed the previous record year for berth introductions, 2010, when 28,076 new berths were introduced.

All sizes
The biggest cruise ship to enter service this year will be the LNG-powered Costa Smeralda, with capacity for up to 5,224 guests.

Part of Carnival’s next-generation XL class of vessels, it will start sailing the western Mediterranean this autumn once construction is completed at Meyer Turku in Finland.

Another mega-sized vessel will be MSC Grandiosa, a Meraviglia-plus class ship, to debut in November with capacity for just under 5,000 people.

Other big new ships coming in 2019 are the 4,200-guest Norwegian Encore, to sail from Miami towards the end of the year, and the 4008-guest Carnival Panorama, to be based on the US West Coast and sailing to the Mexican Riviera.

Reflecting the trend for adventure cruises, exactly half of the 24 ships on order are expedition newbuilds, while 14 of the 24 are for under 1,000 guests. These include Hurtigruten’s 530-guest Roald Amundsen, the industry’s first hybrid-powered ship.

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