Carnival Corporation have announced plans for 4 new cruise ships to be built by Fincantieri S.p.A and are due to be delivered in 2019 and 2020.
2 of the ships will be built for Costa and will be deployed for the Asian market, one will be built for Princess Cruises and the other will be a first new build for P&O Cruises Australia.
The two ships for Costa and one for P&O Cruises Australia will be around 135,500 tons and will carry around 4,200 passengers.
Princess Cruises will be getting a slightly bigger ship at 143,700 tons but will carry 3,560 passengers. She will be the forth ship in the ‘Royal Princess’ class and follows Majestic Princess into the fleet.
Carnival Corporation CEO, Arnold Donald was delighted with the announcement:
“We will deliver on our fleet enhancement plan with the construction of these four new, exciting ships that are consistent with our long-term strategy of measured capacity growth over time,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “These ships will be great additions to our fleet that support our goal to exceed guest expectations and create great vacation memories for each guest on board our ships. These strategic investments in new ships that wow our guests are 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.”
The ordering of the 4 new ships shows further commitment to the market and also with Fincantieri. Carnival have 17 ships due to enter service from 2016 to 2020.
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