Carnival Corporation is to build three new 180,000-ton Liquefied Natural Gas powered cruise ships for Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises.
Two cruise ships will be built at the Meyer Turku shipyard for Carnival Cruise Line, launching in 2020 and 2022, and a third will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg for P&O Cruises, which will launch in 2020.
“This new ship order signifies an extraordinarily exciting future for Carnival Cruise Line and the opportunities that lie ahead to introduce a variety of magnificent new features and innovations to further enhance our outstanding guest experience,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We are also thrilled to be introducing Carnival Corporation’s ‘green cruising’ design platform to North America. Both of these ships will be fully powered at sea and in port by Liquefied Natural Gas, which is the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. These ships are being designed for maximum energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.”
The three cruise ships will accommodate 5,200 passengers based on double occupancy, and will offer new guest experiences not seen on previous Carnival and P&O ships before.
In conjunction with the latest order, the delivery dates for previously announced additional new builds for AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises for 2020 will shift to 2021. AIDA and Costa will still receive its first LNG-powered ships in 2019.