Carnival Corporation has ordered new ships from Italian shipyard Fincantieri for two of its brands: Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line.
Carnival Cruise Line will receive an as yet unnamed 3,954-passenger ship in March 2018. The vessel will be a sister ship to Carnival Vista, which will be delivered in spring 2016.
Holland America Line has ordered a second Pinnacle-class ship to go along with the Koningsdam, which was ordered earlier in the year.
The second Pinnacle ship will be delivered in November 2018. Koningsdam will be delivered in February 2016.
“These beautiful new ships on order from Fincantieri signify our ongoing commitment to provide the best possible guest experience across our industry-leading brands,” said Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation. “New ships with the latest in features, accommodations and innovations really bring the modern cruise experience to life and will help us continue to grow new demand for cruising.”
“To have been once more chosen for such an important order is the best recognition for our skills,” said Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri CEO. “This is an extremely important sign, especially if we consider the shipbuilding industry’s present period of evolution, both in Europe and Asia.”
Bono added, “Today Fincantieri can count on a solid order book, without equal in terms of diversification and quality of the product, which is a testament to our leadership in the cruise ship business sector. This position has been solidified over the years also thanks to our relationship with Carnival, a partnership which has allowed us to grow and which is now strengthened by our recent agreement involving the Chinese market and by today’s orders. We are hopeful that many others will follow in the future.”