The Carnival Corporation has just announced an agreement with Fincantieri to build a 99,000-ton vessel for its Holland America Line brand and a 135,000-ton ship for its Carnival Cruise Lines brand. Both ships will be the first of a new class and the largest ever built for each line.
No renderings have yet been released but the Holland America ship will have a 2,660-guest capacity and be delivered in the Fall of 2015, followed by Carnival’s 4,000-guest newbuild in the winter of 2016.
Mickey Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Plc stated, “Today’s order continues the company’s strategy of introducing two to three ships per year across the corporation’s 10 brands. We have strategically timed the introduction of these new ships to allow ample time for those brands to further grow their passenger base and absorb the new capacity while minimizing revenue yield dilution in the remainder of their existing fleets.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, remarked, “These additional orders bring the total number of ships we have built for Carnival Corporation & plc to 61 and confirm Fincantieri’s world leadership in the cruise ship sector even at a time of slowing demand. We view these orders as a very positive development for the Italian economy and the global cruise industry.”
With the introduction of the new tonnage, it is expected that elderly ships within the Carnival fold will be sold off.
Meanwhile, Royal Caribbean, the number two cruise line in the world, has revealed it is on the verge of placing an order for a third OASIS Class ship.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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