I posted some weeks ago about an order for four very large, LNG-fuelled ships that Carnival Corp had placed with Meyer Werft. At that time it was announced that two of them would be for Aida cruises, Carnival’s successful and fast-growing German line. It has now been announced that the other two ships will go to Costa. (Perhaps ‘confirmed’ might be better than ‘announced’ as these ships’ destination was widely rumoured.)
The ships, each of 180,000 gross tons, will be delivered in 2019 and 2020. There’s also a bit more information about the number of passengers (or perhaps I’ve just noticed something). There was a bit of surprise about the maximum passenger figure of 6,600, which is very high. The new information is each ship will have ‘more that 2,600 cabins’, which I take to mean ‘between 2,600 and 2,700 cabins). This in turn suggests that normal loading – i.e. two passengers per cabin – will be 5,400 which sounds rather better than 6,600. The latter figure must relate to occasions when all cabins that can take additional occupants actually have them.
As an aside, these two orders confirm Aida and Costa’s positions as Carnival Corporation’s leading lines on this side of the Atlantic. Cruise passenger numbers have been stalled at around 1.7m in the UK for several years, and as a result both P&O and Cunard have slipped back in Carnival’s pecking order, I’m sure.