MHI confirms order for Aida cruise ships

02 Nov 2011
Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman of Costa Crociere, (centre) and Hisashi Hara, director, executive vice president and general manager of shipbuilding & ocean development business of MHI (second from right) sign the contract

Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman of Costa Crociere, (centre) and Hisashi Hara, director, executive vice president and general manager of shipbuilding & ocean development business of MHI (second from right) sign the contract

The memorandum of understanding between Carnival Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has now been converted into a contract. The order, for two cruise vessels for Carnival’s Aida brand, was signed on 2 November.

The MoU was originally announced in August 2011. Delivery of the two ships is scheduled for spring 2015 and spring 2016 from MHI's shipyard in Nagasaki. The shipbuilding contracts are subject to financing.

MHI says that the two 125,000gt, 3,250-passenger ships will be the largest ever constructed for Aida Cruises. This is the second new shipbuilding order for MHI from the Carnival group and the third and fourth cruise ships built by MHI for the group. MHI built two 116,000gt ships for Princess Cruises: the Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess, both delivered in 2004.

Carnival Corporation has a portfolio of 10 cruise brands operating in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, including Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises and AIDA Cruises. The group currently operates 101 ships, with 10 newbuildings scheduled for delivery between 2012 and 2016.

Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and CEO of Costa Crociere, signed the contract on behalf of Carnival, and said: "This order represents an important moment in the development of Aida cruises. The co-operation with MHI has been extremely good and we look forward to a very successful construction programme and an excellent delivery of these two new advanced cruise ships."

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