Brodosplit Shipyard is reported to be nearing a deal for two 1,200-passenger cruise ships for an unnamed German owner, according to a news report out of Croatia.
After building smaller cruise ships for Grand Circle in the 2000s, Brodosplit is quickly becoming a force in specialty newbuilding bids.
The Star Clippers vessel, the Flying Clipper, is scheduled to launch in 2018, while the Hondius from Oceanwide follows in 2019.
AIDA, TUI and Hapag-Lloyd are all key German cruise operators with announced ship orders.
Smaller players with existing capacity in the cruise market include Phoenix Reisen and FTI.
The report said that the ships will be 250 meters long with 12 decks, and built at a cost of 340 million euro each. An announcement is expected once a financing package is arranged.