Carnival Cruise Line and British sister brand P&O Cruises UK will bolster their fleets by two and one ship respectively, with parent firm Carnival Corporation tonight announcing an order for three newly constructed vessels, all to be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas.
Tentatively scheduled for delivery between 2020 and 2022, the order takes the total number of LNG ships in the Carnival Corporation’s global pipeline to seven, joining four others previously confirmed for German brand AIDA Cruises and Italian line Costa Crociere, the first of which will be in service by 2019.
The new ships will be built by Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard – the firm responsible for all of Royal Caribbean’s newest ships including Ovation of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas – and Finland’s Meyer Turku shipyard. Each of the three enormous ships will cater to 5,200 guests at double occupancy
The order effectively sees Carnival Corporation endorse LNG power as the bedrock on which it will position its long-term capacity growth. Dubbed “green cruising” and an “industry first”, the move is aimed at making the company’s ships more environmentally friendly, improving its carbon footprint and setting it up for a sustainable, more efficient and cost-efficient future. Each ship will draw 100% of its operating power from the clean fossil fuel, which will work both while the ship is at sea and in port. The ships will also be able to connect to shore power where available, further decreasing its environmental impact.
P&O Cruises UK last took delivery of a new ship in the form of Britannia in 2015 – its seventh vessel. The two new ships for Carnival Cruise Line will be the 27th and 28th in its fleet, presuming the line does not phase out any of its existing ships or transfer them to another of the group’s ten brands. Carnival most recently took delivery of Carnival Vista, which is currently sailing the Mediterranean. Its next ship, Carnival Horizon, will join the fleet in 2018.
“We are proud to be at the forefront of introducing LNG-powered ships to the cruise industry, working with our partners to achieve shipbuilding breakthroughs like this that will help us produce the most efficient and sustainable ships we have ever built,” Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald commented.
Across the entire group, Carnival Corporation’s pipeline of new ships covering a six-year period from 2016 to 2022 will see 18 new ships delivered to its entire suite of ten brands.