Carnival Cruise Line on Thursday unveiled what the exterior
of its first XL ship will look like.
At a steel-cutting ceremony at the Meyer Turku shipyard in
Finland, Carnival revealed a navy-blue hull with vibrant red and white accents
running the length of the ship.
The 5,200-passenger ship, due to be delivered in 2020, will
be Carnival's largest at 180,000 gross tons. Carnival said it would reveal the
ship's name in December.
When it enters service in 2020, the ship will sail from Port
Carnival says the ship "will offer a variety of
never-before-seen innovations." It will be the first cruise ship based in
North America to run on liquefied natural gas, Carnival said.
A second XL ship will start construction in 2020 and be
delivered in 2022.