Carnival Cruise Line has reached an agreement with the Canaveral Port Authority on a new, state-of-the-art terminal for its 180,000-ton unnamed newbuild. This will be Carnival’s largest ship to date, set to debut in 2020.
On the agenda of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting on August 29 of this year will be the terms of the agreement between Carnival and the CPA. Once approved, the unnamed 180,000-ton ship will be clear to sail from Port Canaveral. This strengthens the bond between Carnival Cruise Line and the Port, as Carnival is Port Canaveral’s number one cruise operator.
Carnival’s largest ship to date will offer attractions and experiences new to the cruise industry, and will be the first North American-based cruise ship to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The ship will be able to accommodate 5,286 passengers, based on double occupancy. Construction of the ship is scheduled to begin in November 2018 at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland. Full ship details and itineraries are expected to be announced in 2019.
“We are very excited about the prospects of home-porting our largest ship at Port Canaveral, a valued business partner for more than 25 years,” said Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy. “Easily accessible from all over the Southeast with excellent facilities and friendly staff, Port Canaveral is one of our most popular and fastest-growing home ports. This fantastic new ship, coupled with our future plans for Port Canaveral, will provide guests with an unparalleled seagoing vacation experience from the minute they arrive.”
“The port and Carnival Cruise Line have worked closely for decades building a successful partnership together,” said Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray. “We are proud of our partners at Carnival and eager to begin this new chapter in our business relationship.”
Carnival’s three year-round ships that are based out of Port Canaveral carry more than 650,000 passengers a year, and Carnival Breeze will reposition to Port Canaveral in October of this year.
Source: Carnival Cruise Line