Image: Carnival Corporation Website. Accessed 20 Nov 2014. www.carnivalcorp.com.
The cruise industry is all abuzz about Carnival Corporation’s plans to expand its fleet capacity by almost 10% over the next two years. The main source of the capacity expansion is the launch of new ships for several of its brands.
Carnival has the world’s largest fleet, comprising of over 100 ships in nine iconic cruise brands: Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Cunard, AIDA, Costa, P&O (UK), and P&O (Australia). But far from resting on their achievements, new ships and further improvements to existing ones are on the near horizon for the company. In the next 18 months, four new ships will be added to the fleet. And from 2015 to 2017, seven new ships are scheduled for delivery—all while refurbishments and upgrades are planned on 17 ships in 2015 alone. All in all, Carnival is gearing up to introduce nine new ships between now and 2017.
Carnival was recently in the news for the splashy naming ceremony of Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess in Fort Lauderdale. Costa Cruises’ Costa Diadema, a 132,500-ton behemoth able to carry 4,947 passengers, also had a launch this month, in Genoa, Italy. This coming March will see the official delivery date of the P&O Cruises’ Britannia, and October 2015 is when AIDA Cruises’ AIDAprima is expected to be delivered.
The introduction of new ships, according to Carnival Corporation CEO, Arnold Donald, is just another way the company can grow the cruising market, increase demand for their own products, and provide millions of people from all over the world with opportunities to have “wonderful vacations and lifetime memories.”
We at Kemplon Engineering are always thrilled by cruise industry news, and few companies can create more excitement than Carnival and all the exciting things the company plans for its future! The next two years will be a whirlwind of deliveries, launches, and of course, stunning cruise ships that will inspire and delight travelers the world over.
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