Carnival two-ship order goes to Fincantieri

26 Oct 2012
Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard, to build a new 135,000gt cruise ship for Carnival

Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard, to build a new 135,000gt cruise ship for Carnival

Italian shipyard Fincantieri has announced an agreement with US-based Carnival Corporation for the construction of two new cruise ships for the Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines brands.

The Holland America Line ship will be of 99,000gt with accommodation for 2,660 passengers and is scheduled for late-2015 delivery, and the Carnival Cruise Lines ship will be larger, at 135,000gt and 4,000-passenger capacity, due to  enter service in winter 2016., four years after the "Carnival Breeze", delivered in Monfalcone in spring 2012. A formal contract is expected to be signed soon, when all closing conditions have been satisfied.

Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said: "This additional order takes the number of our ships for the Carnival Group to 61 and confirms Fincantieri's world leadership in the cruise ship sector, even at a time of slowing demand. We hope that this order is a strong signal for an upturn by a strategic sector for the country's economy and the industry as a whole".

"Today’s order continues the company's strategy of introducing two to three ships per year across the corporation’s 10 brands. We have strategically timed the introduction of these new ships to allow ample time for those brands to further grow their passenger base and absorb the new capacity while minimising revenue yield dilution in the remainder of their existing fleets," said Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation.

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