Carnival Corp. has finalized details on a contract with Meyer Werft to build four next-generation cruise ships. The four ships are part of a previously announced strategic memo of understanding with Meyer Werft and Fincantieri for nine new ships orders between 2019 and 2022.
The four new ships will be designed with green travel in mind. Carnival said the ships will be the first in the cruise industry to be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), a clean-burning fossil fuel. Using LNG to power the ships in port and at sea will eliminate emissions of soot particles and sulfur oxides.
Two of the new ships will be manufactured for AIDA Cruises at Meyer Werft's shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Additional information about the ships, including which new ships will be added to each brand, will be made available at a later date.
Each of the four ships will have a total capacity of 6,600 guests, with more than 5,000 lower berths, as well as a design focused on making more efficient use of the ship's spaces, Carnival said.
In addition to the two ships being built in Germany, Meyer Werft will also build the two additional ships detailed in today's announcement at its shipyard in Turku, Finland.
As part of each shipbuilding company's long-term strategic partnership with Carnival Corporation, additional new ship orders are being explored over the coming decade, Carnival said.