NEW YORK — The company that owns the world’s most famous cruise ship will open its first US cruise ship in 2018, bringing more than 50 ships to ports across the country and expanding its fleet to a total of 3,500 vessels.
The company, which has already operated the world-famous Titanic, will add the new flagship to its fleet as part of its $2.9 billion deal to purchase cruise lines that are more than 100 years old.
Touro will operate a fleet of ships to serve its clients in Europe, North America and Asia.
The company will also take on new ventures in the United States and South America.
It will be the largest single ship sale in history for a U.S. operator, said Chris Goss, CEO of the New York Times Co., which bought the Titanic from its previous owner, the British company Gwynedd.
The deal will increase the capacity of the Titanic to a capacity of 7,500 people.
Goss said the deal will give the company more flexibility in the future.
He said it would be a good thing to see the Titanic open more ports and bring more people to the ships.
The Titanic, which was named after the British explorer Sir George Monckton, sailed from Southampton, England, to New York in 1887.
It sank on April 15, 1912, killing more than 300 people.
Tours on the Titanic also are on hold as a result of the government shutdown.
The Titanic is expected to reopen by the end of 2021.
The New York cruise lines, which have a fleet estimated at more than 20,000 vessels, have been in talks with other owners to purchase the Titanic.
The two ships that will be added to the fleet will be renamed the Titanic-American, the American-French, the New-American and the American Caribbean.
In a statement on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was pleased to see a “new and innovative company” in the company.
“It’s important to have a high quality of life for New Yorkers and all our guests,” Cuomo said.
“I am excited to see that this new company will continue to bring new life and excitement to the New Yorkers of this great city.”
Touros main attraction will be a new “Grand Staircase” that will open in 2021 on the island of Kauai, the company said.
The Grand Staircases will be open for tours for up to 60 days, including at night, and the tours will be guided by professional guides.
The cruise line will also offer a full weekend cruise with a tour of the city and a private boat ride to the beach.