Carnival Corp orders nine new cruise ships

The world’s largest cruise vessel owner, Miami-based Carnival Corp has ordered nine new cruise vessels from Italy’s Fincantieri and Germany’s Meyer Werft. The Italian’s will build five ship, in Monfalcone and Maghera, and Meyer four, with two of the ships to be built in Papenburg, and the other pair by Meyer’s yard in Turku, Finland.

No details have yet been revealed about the size and passenger capacities of the vessels, or which Carnival brands they will be operated by. Carnival has said, however that they include a totally new design of vessel. A number of vessels will be specifically designed for the Chinese market.

This is the largest order yet placed by Carnival, with the ships due for delivery between 2019 and 2022. Options are included, but the number hasn’t been specified.

Carnival Corp currently operates a total of 101 cruise ships, although four vessels will leave the fleet this year and more between 2016-2018. The Carnival Corp brands include: AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and Seabourn.

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