Carnival Corporation (USA) and shipbuilder Meyer Werft have signed a contract for delivery of one additional cruise ship powered 100% by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This new 180,000 GRT ship will operate 100% with LNG and join P&O Cruises (UK) in 2022, following the arrival of it’s sister ship in 2020.
Rostock based Neptun Werft GmbH, a subsidiary of Meyer Werft GmbH, will build and deliver large floating engine room units for these ships. These units include the main engine rooms and the LNG tank compartment with all associated equipment, systems and outfitting. Both new ships will be registered in the UK.
Both vessels, with industry-first “green-cruising” design, will enter service with dual-fuel engines utilizing LNG for power in port and at sea, with cleaner air emissions and improved air quality.
The new ship is part of Carnival Corporation’s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy with 19 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2022 – creating excitement in the vacation market and continuing to exceed guest expectations while accelerating demand for cruising, the fastest growing segment in the vacation industry.
Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein said: “We are seeing the momentum in awareness of cruising both across the media and in our national psyche as ever-increasing numbers of people see first-hand the value for money, unrivalled service and extraordinary onboard experience. These two next-generation ships for delivery in the next four years are real and tangible evidence of our absolute optimism for future growth.”
In total, Carnival Corporation has agreements in place with leading German and Finnish shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku to build eight LNG-powered cruise ships across four of its 10 global cruise brands with delivery dates between 2018 and 2022 – two for AIDA Cruises with expected delivery dates in 2018 and 2021, two for Costa Cruises with expected delivery dates in 2019 and 2021, two for P&O Cruises UK with expected delivery dates in 2020 and 2022 and two for Carnival Cruise Line with expected delivery dates in 2020 and 2022.
Source: Carnival Corporation