Two huge new ships will be added to the Costa Cruises fleet, following the signing of a new ship-building deal with Germany’s Meyer Werft by parent company, Carnival Corporation. The new ships will provide capacity for 6,600 passengers - more than any cruise ship currently in operation.
Each of the two new ships will offer more than 2,600 passenger cabins and 5,200 lower berths – resulting in a total passenger capacity for 6,600. Additionally, the ships will be friendlier to the environment, with both new builds being the first in the cruise industry to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas. Both of the new ships are expected to enter service between 2019 – 2022.
This news comes as an update to a previous post on the announcement made by Carnival Corporation, back in June.
The announcement of two of the world’s largest ships being built exclusively for Costa Cruises sends a significant statement about the brand’s recovery in recent years, following the Costa Concordia disaster in 2012.
Carnival Corporation currently has a multi-billion dollar contract with two ship yards, one of which is in Germany and the other in Finland. As part of the deal, a total of four ships will be built, each of which will offer capacity for 6,600 passengers.
Whilst two of these ships will be built for Costa Cruises, the other two will be built for sister company and German cruise line, AIDA. In addition to these four new ships, the deal with the shipyards will see a total of nine brand new ships built between 2019 – 2022, all of which will be divided among Carnival Corporation’s cruise lines.
Michael Thamm, chief executive of the Costa group, said: “These ships will expand the leadership position for the Costa Group, the market leader in all major continental European markets. The multi-billion dollar contract with Meyer mirrors our strategy to constantly innovate our vacation offers and to deliver an unmatched cruise experience to our guests.”
Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises, said: “The two Costa ships are a real innovation for the market, setting new standards for the whole industry: they will be the first green ships powered with LNG and they will offer an extensive number of guest-friendly features. The order also confirms that the Costa brand will continue to grow, becoming even stronger and keep on generating a positive economic impact in the main countries where it operates, including Italy.”
Carnival Corporation will cater for a total of 4,725,100 cruise passengers in 2015, more than any other corporation. Cruise lines currently owned by Carnival Corporation include: Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Cunard and Seabourn.
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