Carnival cruises has announced that its Italian brand, Costa Cruises, will get two new mega-ships as part of an agreement with German shipyard, Meyer Werft. The deal is to construct four cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world, the other two ships being destined for its German brand, AIDA Cruises.
The two new ships for Costa Cruises are expected to be delivered in 2019 and 2020.
Each new cruise ship will exceed 180,000 gross tons, offering more than 2,600 passenger cabins and 5,200 (total capacity, all berths, 6,600 guests). A major part of the new ship design involves making more efficient use of the ship’s spaces, which includes multi-functional common areas, creating an “enhanced on-board guest experience”.
Carnival Corporation’s four next-generation cruise ships for Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises will be the first in the industry to be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel.
“These new ships will be phenomenal additions to our fleet, and we’re looking forward to seeing our Costa and AIDA brands bring this ground-breaking new ship design to life for our guests in a way that is customized for each brand,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.
The new Costa Cruises ships will prominently feature the brand’s “Italy’s finest” experience, with the new ship designs and creative uses of space serving to enhance the overall on-board immersion in Italian culture.