Carnival Cruises have confirmed they will add nine new ships to their fleet over a four-year period from 2019-2022.
The multi-national cruise corporation signed a series of strategic memorandums last week, outlining their plans to assign a number of new ships to their brands based on market demand. The shipbuilding agreements are subject to satisfactory financing as well as several other conditions, a source has confirmed.
The Carnival Corporation comprises nine cruise line brands, with a combined fleet of over hundred ships – making it the world’s largest cruise ship operator. Carnival’s new vessels are expected to be in the 175,000-ton range, bringing a new class of ship to the cruise industry.
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A have been contracted to build the vessels based on next-generation ship designs provided by Carnival. Meyer Werft will build four ships in Papenburg, Germany and Turku, Finland, whilst Fincantieri will construct five further vessels in Italy.
It’s reported the new ships will serve established cruise markets in Europe and North America, as well as emerging markets such as Japan and China, bringing an exciting new class of cruising to holidaymakers across the globe.
According to Carnival, the ships will be designed and developed to offer passengers a new level of comfort and luxury, elevating every aspect of the guest experience.
Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, said: “Our goal as a company is to exceed the expectations of every guest on every ship every day, and these new ships will further enable us to do just that. These will be the most efficient ships we have ever built and the great guest experience will create even more excitement around cruising – helping new cruisers realize the superior vacation experience and value that cruising offers versus land-based vacations.”
Additional information on the design and specification of Carnival’s new cruise ships will be released in the near future.
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