Carnival Corporation has signed agreements with Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku to deliver three more cruise ships for the company that will be fully powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the cleanest burning fossil fuel in the world.
Two of the ships will be for Carnival Cruise Line, with delivery dates expected in 2020 and 2022. The third will be for P&O Cruises UK, and is expected to enter service in 2020. Because of this new order, the delivery dates for AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises’ new builds will be shifted from 2020 to 2021, so the company can allocate measured capacity growth across their ten brands.
In total, the company now has agreements for seven LNG-powered cruise ships. The first ones are for AIDA and Costa, expected to be delivered in 2019.
Cruise ships fully powered by LNG is an environmental breakthrough and industry first. 100 percent of the ships’ power both in port and on the open sea will be generated by the natural gas, which will greatly reduce exhaust emissions and support Carnival’s sustainability goals.
As part of Carnival Corporation’s fleet enhancement plan overall, three new ships have already been delivered this year for AIDA Cruises, Carnival and Holland America. Seabourn Encore is set to be delivered in December. Including Seabourn Encore and the three new LNG-fueled ships just announced, the company has a total of 18 new ships to be delivered between 2016 and 2022.
Managing partner of Meyer Werft Bernard Meyer said “We are excited to welcome P&O Cruises back to Meyer Werft in Germany and Carnival Cruise Line back to Meyer Turku in Finland. These new ships will be built in our most modern and environmentally friendly facilities, and we are very proud to design, build, and deliver these ships that provide breakthroughs in innovation and for the environment.”
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