Carnival resumes ordering new cruise ships

fred henderson
4th December 2009, 15:39
In good news for the European shipbuilding industry, Carnival Corporation & plc has resumed its ship construction programme and placed an order with Fincantieri to construct a new 130,000-ton cruise ship for its Carnival Cruise Lines brand. Delivery is scheduled for spring 2012.

Recently, the CARNIVAL DREAM was christened, the first of a series of 130,000 ton ships, with a sister vessel, the CARNIVAL MAGIC, currently under construction. Today’s agreement is for a third ship of this category.
"Barely in service for two months, CARNIVAL DREAM is already earning rave reviews from guests and travel agents and ordering a third Dream-class ship speaks volumes about the confidence we have in the continued success of this series," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival Cruise Lines' president and CEO. "The Dream class of ships embodies the evolution of our brand by providing the type of fun, affordable vacations that today's consumers are seeking," he added.

The ship will be built at Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard at a reported contract price of USD 738 million, which is substantially lower than the USD 820 million for the lead ship CARNIVAL DREAM.

It is also reported that the group is in the advanced stages of negotiations with Meyer Werft for two new ships for its Princess Cruises brand.

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