Carnival Corporation announced yesterday, June 15, that it had finalized a multi-billion dollar contract concerning the building of four next-generation ships with the largest passenger capacity in the industry.
The contract with Meyer Werft shipbuilding company is part of larger previously announced memo of understanding with Fincantieri S.p.A and Meyer Werft for 9 new cruise ship orders between 2019 and 2022.
The 4 new ships will feature a new “green cruising” design. They will be the first in industry to be powered at sea by LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). LNG will be stored on board and used to generate 100% power at sea. Using LNG both at sea and in port will eliminate emissions of sulfur oxides and soot particles.
The company also revealed that two of the vessels would be manufactured at Meyer Werft's shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for AIDA Cruises. Additional information about the newbuilds will be made available soon.
Based on Carnival's innovative design, each of the 4 Next-Gen ships will feature a total capacity of 6,600 passengers, over 5,000 lower berths, more than 180,000 GT and incorporate a large number of guest-friendly amenities. A major part of the innovations involve making more efficient use of the cruise ship's spaces and creating an enhanced experience for guests.
In addition to the two vessels being built in Germany, Meyer Werft will also build the two additional cruise ships detailed in the announcement at its Turku shipyard in Finland.
Each new ship will be specifically developed and designed for the brand and the passengers it will serve, underscoring company's goal to consistently exceed expectations and provide vacation experience of a lifetime.
The new ship order would allow Costa Group to continue building on its leadership position in European cruise market, in which 5 out of 10 cruise passengers in 2014 sailed on board a Costa cruise ship. Along with Princess Cruise Lines, also part of Carnival Corp. family, Costa Group occupies the leading position in China's rapidly growing cruise market.