Meyer Werft to build another LNG-powered cruise ship for Carnival

Germany’s Meyer Werft has won an order to build another LNG-fueled vessel for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, a unit of Carnival.

The world’s largest cruise company said on Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Meyer Werft to build a fifth Excel class cruise ship for its namesake Carnival Cruise Line brand.

This vessel is set for delivery in 2028.

In mid-February Carnival had announced the first newbuild order placed in five years with news that a fourth Excel-class ship would join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet in Spring 2027.

This new announcement confirms an 11th Excel-class ship for the corporation’s fleet across four of its brands, and the fifth to be sailed by Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival did not reveal the price of the contract.

The latest Excel class vessel, Carnival Jubilee, was said to be worth about $1 billion.

This order is contingent upon financing, which is expected to be completed later this year, Carnival said.

Meyer Werft to build another LNG-powered cruise ship for Carnival
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Joining current Carnival Cruise Line Excel-class ships Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration, and Carnival Jubilee, the two new 180,000-ton ships will carry over 6,400 guests and be powered on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology platform.

Since 2018, Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku have built nine cruise ships with LNG propulsion on a joint technical platform for four cruise lines in the Carnival portfolio.

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