‘First’ LNG-powered cruise ships for Costa

The new cruise ships will be the world’s first to run on LNG and the world's largest guest capacity cruise vessels The new cruise ships will be the world’s first to run on LNG and the world's largest guest capacity cruise vessels

Meyer Werft is to build two new next-generation cruise ships for Costa Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, which will be the world’s first to run on LNG, representing a major environmental breakthrough.

Each vessel will exceed 180,000 tonnes and will use LNG to generate 100% of the ship’s power both in port and at sea – said to be an industry-first innovation that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment and support the company's sustainability goals.

They will feature more than 2,600 passenger cabins and 5,200 lower berths to accommodate a total capacity of 6,600 guests, making them the largest guest capacity cruise ships in the world.

"We are honoured that Carnival Corporation has entrusted us with the implementation of this ambitious shipbuilding program," said Bernard Meyer, CEO of Meyer Werft. "These ships represent the next generation of cruise ship innovation, featuring a revolutionary 'green cruising' design implemented to meet the specific needs of guests who sail with the Costa and AIDA brands."

The four-ship contract with Meyer Werft is part of a larger previously announced strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Meyer Werft and Fincantieri S.p.A for nine new ship orders between 2019 and 2022. As previously announced, construction of the two new ships for AIDA Cruises will take place at Meyer Werft's shipbuilding facility in Papenburg, Germany.

"These strategic investments are designed to exceed the vacation needs of our guests, but it is also important to note that these next-generation ships are an important part of our measured growth strategy, which includes replacing less efficient ships with newer, larger and more efficient vessels over a very specific period of time,” added Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation.

The vessels will be built at Meyer Werft’s Turku shipyard, with deliveries expected in 2019 and 2020.

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