Earlier this week, Carnival Corporation signed agreements with Fincantieri and Meyer Werft for the construction of nine new ships to enter service through 2022.
Five of the new ships are slated to be constructed by Carnival Corporation’s traditional shipbuilding partner, Fincantieri, at the Italian yard’s Monfalcone and Marghera yards. The remaining four ships will be constructed by Meyer Werft, a German ship building company with yards located in Papenburg, Germany and Turku, Finland.
The nine new ships, which Carnival Corporation states will be the most efficient in their fleet’s history, will be specifically designed and tailored to fit the style and needs of its respective brand. The new ships will be built specifically for the North American, European, and the growing Chinese cruise markets.
At this time, Carnival Corporation has not announced any specifics on the new orders, including which brands will receive the new ships.
“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,” said Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation.
The first of the nine ships to be delivered is expected in 2019 with the remaining ships being delivered throughout 2022.
Carnival Corporation & PLC serves as the parent company to a number of cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia), and P&O Cruises (UK).