New York-listed Carnival Corporation & plc has signed a shipbuilding contract with Meyer Werft for a third next-generation cruise ship for its AIDA Cruises brand.
The 180,000 tonne newbuild will feature Carnival Corporation's exclusive "green cruising" design and consume liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a bunker fuel, it says.
To date, AIDA Cruises now has a total of three LNG-fuelled newbuild cruise vessels on order.
The AIDAnova is scheduled to join AIDA Cruises' fleet in December as the first ship of its new generation of LNG-powered vessels; the second ship of this series will be christened in the spring of 2021.
The three LNG-fuelled ships for AIDA Cruises are part of Carnival Corporation's ongoing fleet enhancement strategy with 20 new ships scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2023.
AIDA Cruises is targeting to replace more than half of its passenger capacity with LNG-fuelled crusie vessels by 2023.
In total, Carnival Corporation has agreements in place with German and Finnish shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku to build nine LNG-powered cruise ships across four of its nine global cruise brands with delivery dates between 2018 and 2023.
Three are for AIDA Cruises with expected delivery dates between 2018 and 2023; two for Costa Cruises with expected delivery dates in 2019 and 2021; two for P&O Cruises UK with expected delivery dates in 2020 and 2022; and two for Carnival Cruise Line with expected delivery dates in 2020 and 2022.
Photo credit: Carnival Corporation
Published: 28 February, 2018
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