Carnival orders another LNG-powered cruise ship at Meyer Werft

Germany’s Meyer Werft has secured an order to build another LNG-powered 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 German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build a fourth Excel class cruise ship for its namesake Carnival Cruise Line brand.

Carnival did not reveal the price of the contract.

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

This 344 meters long new ship is the first newbuild order placed by Carnival in five years.

The ship, the 10th Excel class ship in the corporation’s fleet across four of its world-class brands, is expected to enter service in Spring 2027.

Image: Carnival

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

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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