Carnival Cruise Line Expands Fleet with Fifth Excel-Class Ship

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  • Carnival Corp. has revealed plans to order a fifth Excel-class ship for Carnival Cruise Line.
  • They commence operations for the fourth ship in spring 2027.
  • Carnival Cruise Line introduces the Carnival Firenze.

Carnival Corp. has revealed plans to order a fifth Excel-class ship for Carnival Cruise Line, just six weeks after announcing the order for the fourth one, reports Travel Weekly.

Construction Details

Meyer Werft will construct the ship at its Papenburg yard in Germany, with an expected delivery date in 2028.

Specifications

The new ship, like its predecessors, will be a 180,000-gross-ton vessel powered by liquefied natural gas, designed to accommodate over 6,400 guests and 1,800 crew members.

Name

Similar to the fourth Excel-class ship, the fifth one is yet to be named. They commence operations for the fourth ship in spring 2027.

Company Strategy

CEO Josh Weinstein outlines Carnival Corp.’s strategy to add one to two ships annually starting in 2027, following a cautious approach during the pandemic.

Future Orders

Weinstein hints at potential additional ship orders in the coming months to meet capacity demand and ensure a favorable return on investment.

Performance and Satisfaction

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, highlights the success of existing Excel-class ships in driving excitement, demand, and positive guest satisfaction ratings.

Fleet Expansion

Duffy mentions that once Carnival Cruise Line introduces the Carnival Firenze, the second Italian-styled ship acquired from Costa Cruises, the company will have added five ships to its fleet in less than 20 months.

Retirements

Carnival has also phased out six Fantasy-class ships since 2020.

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Source: Travel Weekly