Carnival carves up nine newbuild orders

Carnival Corp has split responsibility for nine next-generation ships between German shipbuilder Meyer Werft and Italian counterpart Fincanteri.

The new ships will enter service over four years starting from 2019. Fincanteri will build five of the vessels at its yards in Monfalcone and Marghera, while Meyer will build the remaining ships at its facilities in Papenburg and Turku.

Carnival said the new ships will be the most efficient in the company’s history as well as accelerating its efforts “to deliver an unparalleled cruising experience to millions of guests”.  It added that information the ship design, and which Carnival brands will receive the new vessels, will be made available at a later date.

"We're excited to take this next step in our fleet enhancement plan with these two new agreements that are consistent with our long-term strategy of measured capacity growth over time," said Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation.

The new ships are expected to serve established cruise markets in North America and Europe, as well as newer markets, including China. Each will be specifically designed and developed for the brand and guests it will serve.

“[The] announcement provides us with a long-term strategic prospective, and reinforces the extraordinary partnership between us and Carnival Corporation, developed over time thanks to the confidence the group has always shown in us, which we assure will be once again well placed," said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri.

Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft, added: "We are very happy and honored that Carnival Corporation trusts our strength to bring this ambitious newbuilding program to life in Turku and Papenburg."

The two separate memoranda of understanding are subject to several conditions, including satisfactory financing.

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