According to The MediTelegraph (Italy), Carnival Cruise Lines, the largest cruise ship group in the world, is ready to order ten new ships and will sign a construction contract with the biggest shipyards in Europe, the German giant Meyer Werft and Fincantieri in Italy.
The total figure for the agreement and the details of the ships are expected by a couple of days, but a few details of the order signed by Carnival’s chief Micky Arison, have been uncovered.
The commission from Carnival will be divided equally between Meyer Werft and Fincantieri. The value of the new vessels can only be guessed at, until the official press release. However, the market price for them would be between $700 and $800 mill each, a figure that would bring the value of the commission for Fincantieri to 4 billion.
When announced, the order should include a new class of cruise ship for the Costa Crociere fleet: a 170,000-tonne prototype vessel that could be ordered with a twin sister. The other ships should be divided between Carnival’s various brands, as the company urgently needs a renewal of its fleet. Also at stake are new ships for AIDA, the German brand of the group. After the complicated construction of AIDAPrima in Japan, AIDA decided to build next ships in Europe.