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Carnival Corporation has announced new orders for its European brands.
An order has been placed with Fincantieri for a 92,700 grt, 2,260 passenger ship for Costa, with delivery scheduled for 2009. They have also taken an option for a sister ship to be delivered to Costa in 2010. This seems to be a new Panamax design and is perhaps a development of Queen Victoria building for Cunard.
The other ship is a fourth unit in the series being built by Meyer Werft for Aida. These are 68,500 grt, 2050 passenger ships. The new vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2010.

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New ship for Costa

Press release today -

Further Expansion For Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises, the leading cruise company in Europe and South America and a member of the Carnival Corporation, today announced that a new 92,700-ton cruise ship has been ordered for its fleet with an option for a sister ship.

The new Costa ships will be built by Fincantieri at Marghera shipyard and will have a basis-two capacity of 2,260 each. The first ship is scheduled to enter service in spring 2009. If the option is exercised, the second ship will make its debut in fall 2010. The all-in cost for each vessel will be approximately €420 million.

The new Costa ships will have a total of 1,130 cabins, 772 of which with private balconies – this is the highest percentage of cabins with private balconies (68%) of all Costa’s vessels. Furthermore they both will offer the signature features of the latest Costa vessels on order including the ‘Samsara Spa’, the largest wellness area ever built on a cruise ship, and a central two-deck pool area with a retractable glass roof fitted with a giant movie screen.

The new vessels will add 4,520 total lower berths to Costa Cruises’ fleet and build upon its leadership position within the rapidly expanding European cruise market. Including the new ship and option, Costa currently has five vessels on order from Fincantieri boasting a total of 13,520 lower berths. If the option is exercised, Costa Cruises’ fleet will consist of 15 vessels with a total capacity of more than 30,700 lower berths by 2010.

According to Pier Luigi Foschi, Costa Cruises Chairman and CEO, today’s announcement continues the company’s aggressive expansion strategy in the European market.

Said Foschi: “We’ve demonstrated that the European market is seeking new itinerary alternatives - especially for the more experienced cruiser - and requires a balanced mix of ships. Costa’s new programmes include voyages to Dubai in winter/spring 2006/2007 and a series of 13 cruises to the Far East scheduled for spring 2006 to spring 2007. These additions have received a tremendous response from our European customers. Many of Costa’s new sailings sold out within days of the brochure launch. New ships will allow us to continue to diversify our cruise offerings for European vacationers”.

Commenting on the new order Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer said: “We are most pleased with this success which further consolidates our position as world leader in the sector. We are proud to boast a market share of nearly 50% and are pleased to strengthen our already excellent relations with Costa Cruises. Over the last six months we have gained orders for a total of 14 vessels, most of which are for the export market. This is an unrivalled commercial and industrial performance both in terms of product diversification, which ranges from cruise to naval vessels and includes mega-yachts. In economic terms it amounts to approximately five billion euros and guarantees that our shipyards have a continuous workload for the whole of 2009″.

Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman and CEO Micky Arison added: “We have invested a great deal of time and money expanding and diversifying the European cruise market which possesses incredible potential for growth. Costa is already the clear leader in the southern European market. These new state-of-the-art ships for Costa will further bolster the company’s position in the European market and ensure that we have adequate capacity available to meet growing demand.”

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