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Carnival Corporation Orders Newbuild for 2027

Carnival Corporation has announced an agreement with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to add a fourth Excel-class cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Line, and the 10th Excel-class ship across Carnival Corporation’s global fleet. 

When she debuts in 2027, the new vessel will be joining her sister ships Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration and Carnival Jubilee. As the first newbuild order placed by Carnival Corporation in five years, the new addition to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet will come in at around 344 meters and 180,000 gross tons and carry 6,400 guests. In order to continue Carnival’s commitment to sustainability, she will be powered on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power technology and incorporate energy-efficient systems throughout the ship.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said, “Our Excel-class ships have been a tremendous addition to the Carnival fleet and proven very popular with our guests. As the world’s most popular cruise line, this new ship enables us to continue the growth of our incredible fleet as we welcome our loyal guests back to cruise more frequently and attract new-to-cruise guests to experience all that a Carnival cruise has to offer.”

Since 2018, Meyer Group shipyards have produced nine LNG-propelled cruise ships for four Carnival Corporation cruise lines–AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line. 

Bernd Eikens, CEO of Meyer Group, said, “We are very pleased that the partnership between the MEYER Group and Carnival Corporation will continue with this new order.”

Speaking of the corporation’s first newbuild order in five years, Josh Weinsein, CEO of Carnival Corporation said, “Building on our strong performance and growing momentum around the world, we are excited to resume our newbuild program and further enhance our global fleet with yet another state-of-the-art ship that will wow Carnival Cruise Line’s guests.”

Carnival Cruise Line’s newbuild is sure to feature the same signature attractions, expansive staterooms, dining and drink venues, entertainment, and more that guests on her sister ships have come to enjoy.