World’s First LNG-Fuelled Cruise Ships Built by Carnival



In a major environmental breakthrough four next-generation cruise ships will be built by Carnival Corporation & plc, featuring a revolutionary “green cruising” design.  The ships will be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).  This is first of its kind innovation for cruise ships to store LNG onboard.

Carnival Corporation & plc in a multi-billion dollar contract with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will build four ships with largest guest capacity of 6,600 each, more than 5,000 lower berths and incorporate many guest-friendly features.  This contract is part of an already announced order of nine new ships between 2019 and 2022 for leading shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Fincantieri S.p.A.

Other salient features of the deal are:

  • Two of the ships will be manufactured at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for AIDA Cruises.
  • Two additional ships will also be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Turku, Finland.
  • Each of the ships will exceed 180,000 gross tons.
  • The four new ships will be using LNG in dual-powered hybrid engines to power the ship both in port and on the open sea.
  • The innovative design will provide ships with sufficient space  and excellent onboard experience for guests.
  • LNG will be used to power the ships in port and at sea eliminating emissions of soot particles and sulfur oxides.


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