August 2, 2013 12:00 AM

7 new ships in 2014, 8 in 2015

With several cruise lines announcing recently that they have contracted for construction of ships, the stream of new vessels entering service will pick up after several slow years. The lineup as it looks now: Next year will see the launch of seven major new ships, including vessels for Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Costa and the first of four new ships for the new Viking Ocean cruise line. In 2015, eight new ships will enter service, among them vessels for Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Holland America and Seabourn. And 2016 already has six new ships so far scheduled. One of those, the Titanic II, will be a modern replica of the doomed White Star liner that sank on its maiden voyage 101 years ago.

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