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Carnival Corporation To Build Four Ships With Record-Setting Guest Capacities

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June 15, 2015 – Carnival Corporation & plc has signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build four new cruise ships that will each hold 6,600 passengers, more than any other current cruise ship. The contract with Meyer Werft is part of a previously announced memo of understanding with the Meyer Werft and Fincantieri S.p.A shipyards, which generally addressed nine new ship orders between 2019 and 2022. Now we know that four of these nine vessels will be in this new class of ships.

Carnival Corporation says the four new ships will be the first in the industry to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). LNG is a very clean burning fuel and represents a major step forward in cruise ship propulsion, which is in line with the ‘green cruising’ design of these vessels. The ships will have approximately 5,000 lower berths and 1,600 berths for third and fourth guests per stateroom. The design involves making more efficient use of the ship’s spaces, which I predict means they will have multi-purpose public areas as was done on the Quantum-class ships of Royal Caribbean – which were also built by Meyer Werft.

The company said two of the ships will go to AIDA Cruises and be built by Meyer Werft at it’s Papenburg, Germany, facility. This will limit the physical size of the ships to around the 180,000 gross ton range, since the Papenburg yard is well inland and relies on a lengthy transit down the narrow Ems River in order to move new ships to the sea. Carnival did not provide information on which of their cruise brands will get the other two ships, but they will be built at Meyer Werft’s Turku, Finland yard, which was previously STX Finland, and where the Oasis-class ships of Royal Caribbean are built.