Fincantieri Four

Fincantieri announces contract to build four new ships for the Carnival Corporation.

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Two of the ships will be built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2015.

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced today that it has been contracted to build four new ships valued at 2.5 billion Euros for Carnival Corporation at its Marghera and Monfalcone shipyards. Two of the ships will be for the Costa Group’s Asian division, both measuring 135,500 gt and with a capacity for 4,200 guests, to be delivered in 2019 and 2020.

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MV COSTA DIADEMA at Naples. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2015.

Including the two new vessels, which will be based on the COSTA DIADEMA blueprint, the Costa Group has eight new ships on order with a total capacity of 45,000 berths (four for its German Aida Cruises division; two for Italian-based Costa Cruises; two for Costa Asia), bringing the total capacity of the fleet to 110,000 berths.

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MV ROYAL PRINCESS, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

The other two ships include a fourth 143,700-gt, 3,560-guest Royal Class vessel for Princess Cruises and a 135,500-gt, 4,200-guest ship for P&O Australia.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

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 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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