Carnival Corp. has announced that two of its upcoming four next-gen cruise ships, which are being developed as part of an agreement with Meyer Werft, will be part of its Italian Costa Cruises brand.
In June, Carnival Corp. had announced that the other two ships in the four ship order would be part of its German brand, AIDA Cruises.
The two new ships for Costa Cruises will be built by shipbuilder Meyer Werft at the company's shipyard in Turku, Finland, with deliveries expected in 2019 and 2020. Each new cruise ship will offer more than 2,600 passenger cabins and 5,200 lower berths for a total capacity of 6,600 guests. A major part of the new ship design involves making more efficient use of the ship's spaces, which includes multi-functional common areas and plans for more personal space, Carnival Corp. said.
The four next-gen cruise ships for Costa and AIDA Cruises will be the first in the industry to be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), a clean-burning fossil fuel, Carnival Corp. said. The new ships will use LNG to generate 100 percent of the ship's power both in port and on the open sea, which will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment and support the company's sustainability goals.
The four-ship contract with Meyer Werft is part of a larger previously announced strategic memo of understanding with leading shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Fincantieri S.p.A for nine new ship orders between 2019 and 2022. As previously announced, construction of the two new ships for AIDA Cruises will take place at Meyer Werft's shipbuilding facility in Papenburg, Germany.
The two new ships for Costa will offer the brand's "Italy's finest" experience, and will support efforts to invest in Italy as a key market, Carnival Corp. said.