Confirmed: Carnival Places 9-Ship, Multi-Brand Order
few details, Carnival Corp. has confirmed a massive ship-building order that
will add nine ships to the cruise giant’s fleet between 2019 and 2022.
almost no details about the ship order. It did not specify which of its nine
brands would get the new vessels or provide any details on size, design or
In a statement,
Carnival said the new ships will serve the North American, European and Chinese
cruise markets. It also promised the new-builds would be the most efficient
ships in Carnival history. “We’re excited to take this next step in our fleet-enhancement
plan with these two new agreements that are consistent with our long-term
strategy of measured capacity growth over time,” said Arnold Donald, Carnival
Corp. President and CEO.
signed memorandums of agreement with Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard to build five
of the vessels and with Germany’s Meyer Werft to build four.In announcing the new-builds, the company
indicated that Donald would be offering additional details about the new
vessels during Carnival Corp.’s earnings call today.
Carnival Corp. is
the parent company of Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess
Cruises, Seabourn, Aida Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises
(Australia) and P&O Cruises.
Late last year it
ordered one ship each from Fincantieri for Carnival Cruise Line and Holland
America Line for delivery in 2018.
The company has
added more than 30 ships to its combined fleets since 2007, and has another
nine scheduled deliveries between 2015 and 2018.
Carnival is adding two ships to its global fleet and removing four. The new
vessels are P&O’s Britannia, which launched earlier this month, and the
Aida Prima, set to debut later this year.