The Hamburg-based cruise line Hapag-Lloyd said it has ordered a pair of 240-passenger expedition-style ships for delivery in 2019.

Marketing of the 16,100 ton ships will be split. One will be aimed exclusively at the German-speaking market. The other will also be marketed to guests from the U.S., the U.K., Belgium and the Netherlands.

The ships will be built by Norway's Vard, which is owned by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri. One is scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2019, the other in the fall.

Hapag-Lloyd didn't say whether the new ships would replace or be in addition to its two current expedition vessels, the Hanseatic and the Bremen. It said the design will include "a high ratio of balcony cabins."

Hapag-Lloyd is owned by TUI Group, based in Hannover.

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