Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company operating nine cruise lines, launched their second of four new cruise ship in 2018.
The launch of Seabourn Ovation follows the delivery of the Carnival’s first cruise ship of 2018, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Horizon, which has earned rave reviews since its April 2 inaugural cruise. In late 2018, two more Carnival Corporation brands will launch new ships:
- AIDAnova from AIDA Cruises, the leading cruise line in Germany, marks a new generation of the brand’s ships that combine innovative design with state-of-the-art technology to provide even greater onboard comfort and further enhance the guest experience.
- Holland America Line, a leader in premium cruising, will launch ms Nieuw Statendam, the line’s second Pinnacle Class ship following ms Koningsdam in 2016.
The four new cruise ships are part of Carnival Corporation’s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy, which will build on the delivery of Carnival Horizon and Seabourn Ovation with 18 new cruise ships scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2023. The new ships continue the corporation’s focus on providing experiences that consistently exceed guest expectations while also creating excitement and accelerating demand for cruising, the fastest growing segment in the vacation industry.
Seabourn Ovation was officially launched at a naming ceremony in Valletta, Malta, to commemorate its entry into service for the Seabourn fleet. One of the world’s most highly-acclaimed actresses and singers, Elaine Paige, served as godmother and named the ship during a ceremony that lit up the UNESCO World Heritage site and the 2018 European Capital of Culture.
Seabourn Ovation was delivered on April 27 during an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Following the delivery ceremony, Seabourn Ovation began her maiden season with an 11-day inaugural voyage departing May 5 from Venice, Italy, and culminating with its arrival in Barcelona, Spain.
Together, the corporation’s cruise lines operate 103 ships with 234,000 lower berths visiting over 700 ports around the world, with 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2018 and 2023.
In 2017, Fast Company recognized Carnival Corporation as being among the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” in both the design and travel categories. Fast Company specifically recognized Carnival Corporation for its work in developing Ocean Medallion, a high-tech wearable device that enables the world’s first interactive guest experience platform capable of transforming vacation travel into a highly personalized and elevated level of customized service.