2018 is a busy year for the Carnival Corporation with the arrival of four new cruise ships across four different cruise lines. The most recent ship named Sebourn Ovation is the latest to enter service and expand the leading cruise company even further.
Second New Ship Arrives
Carnival-owned Sebourn Ovation was officially launched just days ago on May 11, 2018, and this is the second new ship of the year for the cruise company which owns many cruise line brands. A naming ceremony was held for the new 40,350 gross ton Ultra Luxury vessel in Valletta, Malta and one of the world’s most highly-acclaimed actresses and singers, Elaine Paige was the center of festivities as godmother.
Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation, said:
“Following the successful launch of three new ships in 2017, we are excited to have four more spectacular ships join our fleet in 2018 that will further support our goal to consistently provide extraordinary vacation experiences at an exceptional value for our guests.”
“The stunning new Seabourn Ovation is the latest example of our long-term strategy to build highly efficient and innovative new vessels that create excitement for cruising and help boost consideration for cruise vacations among consumers in the broader vacation market.”
Seabourn Ovation was delivered on April 27 during an official handover ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Following the delivery ceremony, Seabourn Ovation began her maiden season with an 11-day inaugural voyage departing May 5 from Venice, Italy, and culminating with its arrival in Barcelona, Spain.
2 More Cruise Ships Coming
Carnival Horizon has already arrived for Carnival Cruise Line and has already been sailing in Europe out of Barcelona, Spain since April 2. The vessel will arrive in New York for the very first time on May 23, 2018.
We’re really looking forward to the next two cruise ships still to arrive this year. Aidanova will be the largest ever Carnival-owned cruise ship and it will be operated by German-based Aida Cruises. The fully powered LNG mega ship will arrive at the end of the year at 180,000 gross tons and carrying 6,600 guests which is more than any other cruise ship in the world.
In December 2018 Holland America Line will welcome the second Pinnacle class vessel and sister ship to ms Koningsdam. Nieuw Statendam is currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy and once complete will be 99,500-tons. The new ship will have will have eight more staterooms than its sister ship and have a guest capacity of 2,666.
Nieuw Statendam is scheduled to depart Dec. 5, 2018, on its maiden voyage with guests – a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale. The ship will then spend the winter, holiday and spring seasons cruising roundtrip from the South Florida port on seven-day Caribbean itineraries, with select three-, four- and 10-day options.
We hope you’re looking forward to the ships which are still to come from Carnival cruise brands, follow Cruise Hive for further coverage of the new cruise ships this year and beyond.