Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest travel and leisure company, announced it has signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world. They will be the first in the cruise industry to use LNG with dual-powered hybrid engines. The contract with Meyer Werft is part of larger previously announced strategic memo of understanding with shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Fincantieri S.p.A for nine new ship orders between 2019 and 2022.
The company said two of the ships will be manufactured for AIDA Cruises at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. In addition, Meyer Werft will also build the two additional ships at its shipyard in Turku, Finland. Additional information about the ships, including which new ships will be added to each brand, will be made available at a later date.
Based on Carnival Corporation’s innovative new ship design, each of the four new ships will have a total capacity of 6,600 guests, feature more than 5,000 lower berths, exceed 180,000 gross tons and incorporate an extensive number of guest-friendly features. LNG will be stored onboard and used to generate 100% power at sea – producing another industry-first innovation for Carnival Corporation and its brands. Using LNG to power the ships in port and at sea will eliminate emissions of soot particles and sulfur oxides.
“We are looking forward to executing on the next step in our fleet enhancement plan,” said Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald. “At a cost per berth in line with our existing order book, these new ships will enhance the return profile of our fleet. These are exceptionally efficient ships with incredible cabins and public spaces featuring a design inspired by Micky Arison and Michael Thamm and developed by our new build teams.”
Source: Carnival Corporation