Carnival Reaches Agreement With Port Canaveral For Massive New Terminal

Open Jaw, Graeme Peto

Carnival Cruise Line has reached an agreement with the Canaveral Port Authority over the construction of a newly designed terminal able to accommodate the line's new 180,000-ton ship, its largest ever constructed, which is set to debut in 2020.

The terms of the agreement are expected to be finalized later today by the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners. If approved, the final agreement will enable the line to homeport the still-unnamed 5,286-lower berth ship at Port Canaveral.

The massive vessel, as part of Carnival Corporation’s “green cruising” design platform, will be the first North American-based cruise ship to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

“We are very excited about the prospects of homeporting our largest ship at Port Canaveral, a valued business partner for more than 25 years,” stated the president of Carnival Cruise Line, Christine Duffy. “This fantastic new ship, coupled with our future plans for Port Canaveral, will provide guests with an unparalleled seagoing vacation experience from the minute they arrive. ”

Construction of the 180,000-ton cruise ship is slated to begin in November 2018. The steel-cutting ceremony will take place at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland.

The decision to base the new ship at Canaveral will further solidify the decades-long relationship between the two organization. At this time, Carnival Cruise Line has three year-round ships based in Port Canaveral.

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