When Carnival Corp. launched the fathom cruise brand a few weeks
back it sent a signal that with Arnold Donald as Carnival CEO, the status
quo is out the window.
On its own, fathom won’t turn the cruise industry on its ear. But
the announcement of a cruise experience partly based on voluntourism and social
impact came as an interesting surprise. Yesterday saw another one.
Carnival Corp. announced that as part of a previously announced
multi-billion dollar nine-ship order, German shipyard Meyer Werft will build
four next-generation cruise ships that will each carry an astounding 6,600
Carnival Corp. says the four new ships will also feature a revolutionary
“green cruising” design. The ships will be the first in the industry to be
powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) -- the world’s cleanest-burning
The company says two of the ships will be manufactured for AIDA Cruises
at Meyer Werft's shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Additional information about
the ships, including which new ships will be added to each brand, will be made
available at a later date.
In the meantime, Carnival Corp. says each of the next-generation ships
will feature more than 5,000 lower berths, exceed 180,000 gross tons and
"incorporate an extensive number of guest-friendly features." A major
part of the innovative design involves making much more efficient use of the
ship's spaces, creating an enhanced onboard experience for guests.
In addition to the two ships being built in
Germany, Meyer Werft will construct the two additional ships at its shipyard in