Carnival Corp. signed a memo of agreement with Italian
shipbuilder Fincantieri for another Royal-class vessel for its Princess Cruises
brand and two Costa Asia ships to operate in China.
A fourth ship was ordered to sail for P&O Cruises
Australia. Deliveries of the ships are expected in 2019 and 2020.
"Each of the four new ships will be specifically
designed and developed for the brand and guests it will serve," Carnival
The Royal-class ship will be 143,700 gross tons and carry
3,560 passengers. It will be the fourth in the series; the third, the Majestic
Princess, is to be delivered in 2017. Carnival Corp. said that in addition to
brand hallmarks like a "soaring" atrium and multiple dining and entertainment
venues, the new ship would include "brand-new innovations to enhance the
guest experience even further."
The Costa Asia ships will be 135,500 gross tons and carry
The P&O Cruises Australia ship will also be 135,500
gross tons with 4,200 berths, and it will be that line's largest vessel.
"Australia is one of the top performing cruise markets in the world, with
an average annual passenger growth rate of 20% over the past decade,"
Carnival Corp. said.
The orders are
part of an agreement Carnival Corp. announced in March
to build nine ships, five at Fincantieri and four at Meyer Werft, for delivery
between 2019 and 2022.
In June, Carnival Corp. said the vessels developed at the Meyer Werft yard in Germany would be
powered by liquefied natural gas; two will sail for Aida Cruises and two will sail for Costa.
CORRECTION: This report was updated on Jan. 5. An earlier version incorrectly said that Carnival had not assigned two of the vessels to be built by Meyer Werft; the ships will sail for Costa Cruises.