Carnival Corporation finalized contracts today with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build five cruise ships as part of an agreement in 2015 for nine additional ships.
The five new ships include two for Princess Cruises, one for P&O Cruises Australia, and two built for Costa Asia. The world’s largest travel and leisure company now has a total of 16 new cruise ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2020.
The two ships being built for Princess Cruises will be 143,700 gross tons and carry 3,560 passengers. They will be the 4th and 5th Royal class ship for the cruise line. The ships for Costa and P&O Cruises Australia will be slightly smaller at 135,500 gross tons and will each carry 4,200 passengers.
Carnival Corporation’s new ships will be specifically designed and developed for each brand and the guests and markets it will serve, supporting the corporation’s overall goal of providing extraordinary vacation experiences for an exceptional value for its guests around the world. The five new ships across three brands will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyards in Monfalcone and Marghera, Italy.
The contracts were formalized during a signing ceremony held today as part of the official handover ceremony for Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy, attended by Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Graziano Delrio, Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald and Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono.
Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, gave the following statement:
“Today has been especially exciting for our company, our partners and our guests, as we celebrated the arrival of our amazing ms Koningsdam ship and officially signed agreements with Fincantieri to build five new cruise ships for the future.
Supporting our goal to exceed guest expectations on every cruise, these new ships will create a whole new level of excitement and opportunity to deliver experiences that our guests will not only remember for the rest of their lives, but will also share with others. Using our strategic fleet enhancement plan to delight our guests is an important part of our measured growth strategy, which includes replacing less efficient ships with newer, larger and more efficient vessels over a very specific period of time.”
Specific details about these five new cruise ships for Carnival Corporation will be announced at a later time. This includes itineraries, homeports, and deployment details.
Carnival Corporation is the largest cruise company in the world operating 10 different cruise brands. The brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland American Line, Fathom, Cunard Line, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia and UK.
These 10 cruise lines currently operate over 100 cruise ships that visit more than 700 ports of call around the world each year.