Cruise Giant Orders its Fifth Billion-Dollar Ship

Following the announcement of its fourth Excel class ship last month, Carnival Cruise Line has placed an order for a fifth mega-ship, set to be delivered in 2028.

A Carnival Jubilee cruise ship docked at a Western Caribbean port.

What we know about Carnival’s next mega ship so far:

  • Constructed at Meyer Werft shipyard
  • 180,000 gross registered tons
  • Estimated cost of $1 billion
  • 6,500 guests and 1,800 crew
  • It will be built on the same platform as Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee, and the last announced new build. 

This will be the 11th Excel-class ship for the corporation’s fleet across four brands and the fifth to be sailed by Carnival Cruise Line. Other brands that have Excel-class ships are AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, and P&O Cruises. 

A collage of three photos showcasing different angles of a billion-dollar cruise giant at a port with clear blue skies.
“Carnival’s Excel-class fleet will soon be a quintet of these very popular ships that provide outstanding guest amenities and tremendous operating efficiencies,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. 

“Since the introduction of Mardi Gras in 2021 and the subsequent expansion with Carnival Celebration in 2022 and Carnival Jubilee in 2023, these Excel-class ships are driving excitement, demand, and strong guest satisfaction ratings. With the arrival of Carnival Firenze in April, we are completing the addition of five ships to our fleet in less than 20 months, and then we will pivot to another phase of growth with these two Excel ships.” 

Carnival has not yet announced a name for the vessel, itinerary, or where it would homeport. Currently, Carnival has Excel-class ships sailing from PortMiami, Port Canaveral, and Galveston, Texas. 

Will the cruise operator put an Excel-class ship on the West Coast? Only time will tell. 

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