Carnival Orders 3 LNG-Powered Ships, Including 1st To Be Based In N.A.

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As part of a new multi-ship order announced today by Carnival Corporation & plc, Carnival Cruise Line is scheduled to take delivery of 2 new 180,000 gross-registered-ton cruise ships in 2020 and 2022 which will be the largest in its fleet.

Both ships will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas under Carnival Corp.'s "green cruising" design and will mark the 1st time an LNG-powered cruise ship is based in North America.

The 2 ships, with an approximate passenger capacity of 5,200 based on double occupancy, are being constructed by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku. The agreement represents a return to shipbuilding in Finland for Carnival Cruise Line for the 1st time in 12 years. The company has 12 ships in its current fleet that were constructed in Finland, including its 8 Fantasy-class ships and 4 Spirit-class ships.

Carnival also placed an order with Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg. Meyer will build a new ship for P&O Cruises U.K., with an expected delivery date in 2020. In conjunction with the order, the delivery dates for new-builds for Germany-based AIDA Cruises and Italy-based Costa Cruises for 2020 will shift to 2021 to allow the company to more effectively allocate capacity growth across its 10 global cruise brands.

In total, the company now has agreements in place to build 7 LNG-powered cruise ships for 4 of its brands in the coming years. The 1st of these ships is expected to be in service for AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises in 2019.

"This new ship order signifies an extraordinarily exciting future for Carnival Cruise Line and the opportunities that lie ahead to introduce a variety of magnificent new features and innovations to further enhance our outstanding guest experience," said Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line. "We are also thrilled to be introducing Carnival Corporation's 'green cruising' design platform to North America. Both of these ships will be fully powered at sea and in port by Liquefied Natural Gas, which is the world's cleanest burning fossil fuel. These ships are being designed for maximum energy efficiency and environmental friendliness," Duffy added.

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