Holland America Contracts Fincantieri For Two

Holland America Line, a unit of Carnival Corp. has signed an agreement with Fincantieri Cantieri Navali S.p.A. to build two new 84,000-ton vessels expected to enter service in the fall of 2002 and summer of 2003.

The contract also options Holland America to order up to three sisterships for delivery between 2003 and 2005. Able to hold 1,800 passengers, the vessels will be constructed at a price of $400 million each at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard. The vessel pair is the beginning of a new class of vessels for Holland America, who is introducing various new features, specifically the first "exterior elevators" located on both the port and starboard side of the vessel. Vertically transversing 10 decks, the elevators offer guests panoramic sea views.

Measuring 951 ft. (289.9 m), the new vessels will be among the longest in the world — yet able to transit the locks of the Panama Canal. Spacious staterooms — 85 percent of which will feature an ocean view also offer private verandas. An Azipod propulsion system was chosen to power the vessels.

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