Carnival Ships, Miami
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Carnival Corporation has announced that agreements have been signed to build 9 brand new class cruise ships from European shipyards.

The new vessel will be built by the two largest ships building companies in Europe, Fincantieri in Italy will build 5 of the vessels at its Monfalcone and Marghera shipyards. Meyer Werft in Germany will build 4 at its yards in Papenburg and Turku, Finland . Both companies already build the majority of the worlds major cruise ships. The order will be over a four-year period from 2019 – 2022.

“We’re excited to take this next step in our fleet enhancement plan with these two new agreements that are consistent with our long-term strategy of measured capacity growth over time,” said Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation. “Our goal as a company is to exceed the expectations of every guest on every ship every day, and these new ships will further enable us to do just that. These will be the most efficient ships we have ever built and the great guest experience will create even more excitement around cruising – helping new cruisers realize the superior vacation experience and value that cruising offers versus land-based vacations.”

The new ships are to be new generation designs and split between Carnival Corporations cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Aida Cruises and more. the designs and specific details have not yet been revealed but there have been rumors of a 175,000 gross ton ship for Costa Cruises making it one of the largest in the world.

“I am extremely proud on this truly memorable day for us. Today’s announcement provides us with a long-term strategic prospective, and reinforces the extraordinary partnership between us and Carnival Corporation, developed over time thanks to the confidence the group has always shown in us, which we assure will be once again well placed,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “This agreement reflects the exceptional business vision of the world’s most important cruise operator, and our readiness and flexibility in interpreting its demands.”

The new ships ordered will expand Carnival’s offerings not just in established cruising regions but also in Asia. Asia specifically China has become an important part of the industry and just recently rival cruise company Royal Caribbean announced new deployments in the region.

Cruise Hive reported on March 26th that Carnival was to complete an order of 10 vessels that was originally reported by the Italian media. Now that 9 ships have been confirmed expect to see a lot more details on the orders over the coming months.