The first steel was cut today for Carnival Cruise Line’s newest XL-Class ships. The new livery was unveiled for the 180,000-ton XL newbuild that is due to be the first-ever vessel operating in North America to use LNG (liquefied natural gas).
The traditional steel-cutting ceremony was held at Meyer Turku shipyard (Turku, Finland), and signified the official beginning of construction of the biggest Carnival ship ever constructed, scheduled for delivery in 2020. A 2nd XL vessel will start construction in 2020 and is due to be delivered in 2022 and mark the 50th anniversary of line’s founding.
The cruise company also revealed a new red, white and blue hull design celebrating its legacy as America’s Cruise Line and paying homage to maritime tradition. Created by New York-based Bluarch Architecture, it builds upon Carnival’s iconic color scheme and is highlighted by a navy blue hull along with vibrant red & white accents running the length of the 1130 ft-long liner.
Following the steel-cutting, construction started on the 5200-plus lower berth cruise ship which will offer various never-before-seen innovations and will also be the first North America-based cruise liner to be powered by LNG, part of Carnival’s “green cruising” design platform.