Carnival Corporation’s Italian family brand, Costa, is to build two new ships as part of its parent company’s multi-billion contract with the Meyer Werft shipyard.
The deal – which has already assigned the two other ships in the contract to German cruise line Aida – will see four 6,600-passenger ships constructed, making them the largest passenger ships in the world.
All four will be powered by liquified natural gas, the world’s cleanest fossil fuel.
Costa will see delivery of its vessels in 2019 and 2020, with construction taking place at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Finland.
“These new ships will be phenomenal additions to our fleet, and we’re looking forward to seeing our Costa and Aida brands bring this ground-breaking new ship design to life for our guests in a way that is customized for each brand,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “As we continue enhancing our fleet, it is very important to us that every decision we make in the development of these new ships is about the guest experience, which supports our goal to exceed guest expectations and create great vacation memories for every person who boards one of our ships.”
Donald added: “Above all, these strategic investments are designed to exceed the vacation needs of our guests, but it is also important to note that these next-generation ships are an important part of our measured growth strategy, which includes replacing less efficient ships with newer, larger and more efficient vessels over a very specific period of time.”
“We are honored that Carnival Corporation has entrusted us with the implementation of this ambitious shipbuilding program,” said Bernard Meyer, CEO of Meyer Werft. “These ships represent the next generation of cruise ship innovation, featuring a revolutionary “green cruising” design implemented to meet the specific needs of guests who sail with the Costa and AIDA brands.”