Confirmed: Carnival Places 9-Ship, Multi-Brand Order

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While releasing 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.

Carnival offered 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 cost.

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.

Carnival has 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.

This year, 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.

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