By The Cruise Web, Inc.
Earlier this week, the first steel was cut to mark the beginning of construction on Carnival Cruise Line’s newest class of ship. The hull and livery design were also revealed, using the iconic red, white and blue colors that continue the legacy of Carnival being “America’s Cruise Line”. This 180,000-ton XL vessel will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) to operate—the first ever to do so in North America.
A steel-cutting ceremony took place at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Turku, Finland. This will be the largest Carnival cruise ship ever constructed, set to be delivered in 2020. A second XL ship will begin construction in 2020 and to be completed in 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carnival Cruise Line’s founding.
“This new ship promises to be truly special, from its groundbreaking technology and one-of-a-kind features to its distinctive livery and hull design that is both timeless and forward-thinking while paying tribute to our nearly 50-year history of making wonderful vacation memories for our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Construction also began on the 5,200-plus lower berth ship which will offer a variety of new and exciting innovations. “The start of construction of this amazing ship is a historic day for our company as we are laying the foundation for an unparalleled seagoing vacation experience that will be like no other and take our cruise offerings to the next level,” Duffy said.
“We are extremely pleased to work together with Carnival on this large and highly innovative ship. With the first steel cutting, our efforts in designing the hull, features and interior of the ship start to take shape. We are also very proud to build the first-ever LNG powered cruise ship for North American market, making this state-of-the-art green technology a reality,” commented Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku.
The still unnamed ship will run out of Port Canaveral, Florida beginning in 2020, with the name scheduled to be revealed in early December. Details on the ship’s inaugural season are to be announced in January, and information on the vessel’s vast line-up of fun-filled entertainment, culinary, and beverage options are to be revealed later in 2019.
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The Cruise Web, Inc.
By The Cruise Web, Inc.