I did a post last week about a press notice from Carnival Corp in which they announced two new ship orders, for HAL and Princess. In the press notice was a statement to the effect that this brought to 19 the number of ships that Carnival Corporation would have under construction or on order. I wasn’t sure what they all were, so I contacted Carnival Corp and received a very helpful reply. I’ve summarised what was in that reply and have produced the list below.
Three lines will each get four new ships:
- Princess – all of them new Royal Princess-class ships, with the first due to arrive very shortly;
- Costa, of (I think) two classes – two of the big 180,000 ton LNG ships and the other two being smaller. Will these smaller ships be enhanced Carnival Vista-class ships? They’re intended for the Chinese market, certainly;
- Carnival Cruise Line (CCL), also of two classes – two more Carnival Vistas and two of the big LNG ships.
Then there will be three for AIDA – the second AIDAPrima-class ship from Mitsubishi and two of the big LNG ships; two for HAL, both being Pinnacle-class ships and therefore sisters to Koningsdam; and finally one each for Seabourn and P&O UK. It was originally announced that P&O Australia would get a new-build, possibly a Carnival Vista-class ship, but that decision was reversed late last year – that new ship is the ‘Late 2019’ ship for CCL, while P&O Australia will get a somewhat-smaller refurbished ship from them.
Perhaps the most interesting ships in the list are the seven big LNG ships which will be the largest ships ever built for Carnival Corporation. The original announcement for four of these ships was made in June 2015, and the additional three were announced in September 2016 – I missed that. All seven will be built by Meyer, three at Papenberg and four at the Turku yard in Finland that Meyer bought in April 2015. I shall be interested to study the deck plans, etc, for them, especially as one of them will go to P&O. We shouldn’t have to wait too long to get more information about these ships – since the first pair (for AIDA and Costa) are being delivered in 2019, I assume that those lines will have marketing material available either later this year or some time in 2018 at the latest.
I believe that almost all of the other ships will be built by Fincantieri of Italy, at one or another of their various yards. They have built many ships for Carnival Corp. over the years.
I’m going to try and keep this list updated as time passes. Once again, many thanks to the people at Carnival Corp who passed the information on to me.