Carnival Corporation & plc said it has signed a shipbuilding contract for a second 180,000 gross ton next-generation cruise ship for its P&O Cruises brand in the UK with Meyer Werft GmbH in Germany. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in 2022.
"This vessel will be the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British market, and will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests. Sister ship to fellow P&O Cruises ship due for delivery in 2020, the vessel will feature Carnival Corporation(&plc')s exclusive “green cruising” design as one of the first generation of cruise ships to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) both while in port and at sea, which will significantly reduce air emissions with the shipping industry’s most advanced fuel technology," the company said in a statement.
The new ship is part of Carnival Corporation & plc'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.
In total, Carnival group 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.