Cruise NewsCarnival Corp Orders 9 Cruise Ships With Options for Several More

Carnival Corp Orders 9 Cruise Ships With Options for Several More

Carnival Corp has announced that they will be adding nine next generation cruise ships over a four year period starting in 2019. Five ships will be built at Fincantieri and four at Meyer Werft. The ships will serve the North American, Europe, and China cruise markets.  There is an option for additional ship builds that are subject to conditions, including financing.

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Arnold Donald, the President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, gave the following statement:

“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.

Our goal as a company is to exceed the expectations of every guest on every ship every day, and these new ships will further enable us to do just that. These will be the most efficient ships we have ever built and the great guest experience will create even more excitement around cruising – helping new cruisers realize the superior vacation experience and value that cruising offers versus land-based vacations.”

Details about these nine new cruise ships and which brands they will sail under is expected to come at a later date.

The nine brands that make up Carnival Corp are AIDA Cruises (Germany), Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, and Seabourn Cruise Line.

These brands currently operate over 100 cruise ships and 216,000 cruise berths making Carnival Corp the largest cruise company in the world.

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Cruise NewsCarnival Corp Orders 9 Cruise Ships With Options for Several More


  1. What about NY? It is an awesome port- it was nice getting out of winter to some place sunny- but they discontinued them , why?

    • NY has the Splendor, Vista and Sunshine heading south. I can’t remember when that’s going to begin. The Splendor is beginning in May 2015, the Vista is Fall 2016 and the Sunshine the Summer if 2016.

    • It will however be the 2nd largest class ship as Freeedom class and Quantum class (Both RCCL) come in at 160,000 and 165,000 respectively. I LOVE Oasis class ships (Twicw on Oasis and 13 times on Allure) But the larger CCL might get me to try them again (Has been 10 years since on ANY CCL ships)

  2. If carnival is getting all these new ship why can’t they put some new ships in New Orleans…. we need something beside Elation, Triumph for the 5 days… Carnival need to start sailing out of Mobile Al. again I have sail on Elation & Triumph to many times and Triumph has been in New Orleans for the 7 days a long time before they sent it to Galvestion. And now you sending it back to N.O. for the 5days. we are tired on the Triump.

    • Getting Elation and losing Fascination, not really a win. I love leaving out of Jacksonville, it is the closest port to me. I go twice a year on the fascination. I would love to have another ship, not just a sister ship of the fascination.

    • Jacksonville’s profit margin is thin compared to every other Florida port. We get these reports as stockholders. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Jacksonville cease to be a port for Carnival at all. Bank on it going away if Carnival decides to port a ship in Savannah Georgia, which is heavily courting Carnival to do so.

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