As intimated on this blog yesterday, Carnival Corporation has just placed the largest cruise ship multi order in maritime history.
An unparallelled in scale project will realise no less than nine new cruise ships- all well over the 100,000 ton mark- to be distributed across the various mega ship brands of the Carnival empire.
Five of the ships will be built at the company’s favourite shipyard, Fincantieri. But in a groundbreaking move, the other four wil all be built by Meyer Werft at Papenburg- an operation intimately associated with building tonnage for key Carnival rivals such as Norwegian and Royal Caribbean.
The total building project is set to unfold over the course of four years- 2019 through 2022- and at least some of the new tonnage will be destined for the China market from th outset.
Details on stats and distribution for the new tonnage is scant, apart from a new, 175,000 ton new design for Costa Crociere, but I would expect at least one sister ship each for the currently building Carnival Vista, and perhaps a second Koningsdam class ship for Holland America Line.
What will be intersting is to see whether any new tonnage will be forthcoming for Cunard. Both the Princess and P&O brands of Carnival corp have received significant new builds in the last few years, but Cunard have had nothing new since the well received Queen Elizabeth in 2011.
Interesting times lay ahead. As ever, stay tuned.