Carnival Corp is in full swing celebration mode in the wake of an announcement that revealed four brand spanking new ships are on their way. The order was freshly placed on Monday June 15 and will see existing fleet members dwarfed by a quartet of mega-ships capable of carrying up to 6,600 passengers each. This will set a new record for cruise ship capacity and represents a huge step forward for Carnival Crop and its myriad of associated lines.
Carnival Corp looks forward to the future
Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald explains that the contract reflects the company’s commitment to continued growth and its long-term goal of replacing existing ships with state-of-the-art vessels that are larger, greener and more advanced than ever. “We are looking forward to executing on the next step in our fleet enhancement plan,” he said in a press release. “It will be exciting to see our shipbuilding team bring these new ships to life. Every step of the way, our focus is on designing state-of-the-art ships that provide a vacation experience our guests will love, and we are putting all of our creative energy and resources into making sure we achieve that goal.”
And of course, boosting Carnival Corp’s bottom line is also on the agenda, with Donald adding that, “At a cost per berth in line with our existing order book, these new ships will enhance the return profile of our fleet. These are exceptionally efficient ships with incredible cabins and public spaces featuring a design inspired by Micky Arison and Michael Thamm and developed by our new build teams.”
Christmas has come early for Carnival Corp lines!
So where will the next generation ships be heading? The line has confirmed that two of the 180,000-ton vessels will be allocated to the line’s German brand Aida. Representatives have also implied that the additional pair will be operated by one of its Europe-based lines overseen by the Costa Group division.
Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group asserts that the “Ships will expand our leadership position for the Costa Group, the market leader in all the major European markets.” He also hints that they will cater to European tastes, explaining “These will be spectacular ships designed specifically for our guests who sail on our Costa Group brands.”
Battle of the at-sea giants
When it comes to size Royal Caribbean has long-since retained the crown with its pair of gargantuan Oasis class ships, each capable of housing 6,300 passengers. However when Carnival Corp launches its brand new quartet of ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will be outdone by 300 passengers. That said, at 225,282 tons apiece the Oasis class duo will still hang onto the crown of the world’s largest cruise ships.
Carnival Corp has confirmed that all four of its new fleet members will be constructed by iconic German shipbuilder Meyer Werft. This is the company behind some of the world’s most breath-taking vessels and we can’t wait to see what the ship building prodigies come up with next.
Bernard Meyer, CEO of Meyer Werft stands to drum up some serious publicity from the order, as well as generate a colossal profit. “In past years, we have built seven highly successful ships for AIDA Cruises. We are honoured that Carnival Corporation has entrusted us with the implementation of this ambitious shipbuilding program, and we look forward to building these four magnificent ships,” he said in a press release.
Enormous AND eco-friendly
In an industry first Carnival Corp has confirmed that the new ships will be powered by an eco-friendly liquefied natural gas system. The predominantly methane based fluid is far cleaner than its bunker oil and other fossil fuel counterparts that are currently used to propel cruise ships from port to port. This means that lines receiving the ‘green’ ships will enjoy a hard hitting eco-friendly edge over the competition.
More ships on the horizon
Thought placing an order for four brand new 6,600 passenger cruise ships was extravagant? Sources have discovered that these are just four of nine new fleet members that Carnival Crop will be commissioning between 2019 and 2022. Between 2016 and 2018 both Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line will be presented with new fleet members, while Princess Cruises will debut its regal new addition in 2017. High end line Seabourn also has two ships on order which will no doubt be unsurpassed when it comes to luxury and attention to detail.
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