Carnival Corporation have today announced they have signed a memorandium of agreement with Italian shipyard, Fincantieri, for the construction of 2 new ships for their Holland America Line and Princess Cruises brands.
The additional two ships means that Carnival Corporation now has 19 ships on order scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2022.
Due for delivery in 2021, Holland America Line’s new ship will be constructed at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard and will be a third Pinnacle class ship. At 99,500 grt and with a capacity for 2660 passengers, she will compliment her two sisters, Koningsdam and currently under construction, Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in 2018.
Princess Cruises new ship will be a sixth Royal Class ship for the fleet and will be built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard. Measuring 145,000grt and with a capcity for 3660 passengers. She will join her sister ships, Royal, Regal, and Majestic Princess with a further two unnamed ships joining the fleet in 2019 and 2020. The sixth Royal class ship is scheduled to enter service in 2022.
Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation announced that this was an exciting period of time for the Carnival Corporation family and they were pleased to announce the two new additions:
“We are extremely pleased to formally announce these two new ships and build on the success and popularity of their sister ships already sailing guests around the globe. Our goal is to exceed expectations of the 11.5 million guests who sail with us each year, and these new ships will offer more opportunities for our guests to create lifelong vacation memories while generating added excitement around the fast-growing global demand for cruise vacations.”
“Using our strategic fleet enhancement plan to introduce new ships is an important part of our measured capacity growth strategy, which includes replacing less efficient ships with newer, larger and more efficient vessels.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri was excited to announce the partnership with Carnival Corporation for the new ships for Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. He said:
“This is an extraordinary moment for the cruise sector and it is particularly rewarding for us to be able to seize all the opportunities coming from the industry growth, also thanks to our deep-rooted partnership with Carnival Corporation. These vessels will be based on the successful platforms developed for Carnival. On the back of these successful platforms, our Group today aims to further increase its order book, already at record levels, while ensuring profitability in the cruise segment.”
The announcement of these two new ships further shows a commitment and confidence from the world’s largest cruise organisation in building more cruise ships for an ever expanding market.