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.
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.