Meyer Werft will build another modern cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Line for delivery in 2028. It involves a fifth cruise ship of the Excel-class and it will offer space for over 6400 guests.

The order is subject to financing, which is expected to be finalised in the course of the year.

Since 2018, Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku have built nine cruise ships with LNG propulsion for four cruise lines in Carnival Corporation‘s portfolio on a joint technical platform. The two new ships that have now been ordered will also be built on this platform and, with a length of around 344 metres and a size of approximately 180,000 GT, will offer space for more than 6400 guests.

‘Carnival’s Excel-class fleet will soon consist of a quintet of these highly popular ships that offer outstanding guest amenities and tremendous operational efficiencies,’ says Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. ‘Since the introduction of Mardi Gras in 2021 and the subsequent expansion with Carnival Celebration in 2022 and Carnival Jubilee in 2023, these Excel-class ships have generated excitement, demand and high guest satisfaction.’

The fourth Excel-class cruise ship was ordered just this February, with a scheduled delivery in 2027.

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Turnaround in the cruise market

This second major order in just a few weeks demonstrates the turnaround in the cruise market, which has reached and in some cases exceeded the record level of 2019. ‘We can see that the Meyer Group’s ships are operating very successfully and that we can therefore continue this ship platform,’ explains Thomas Weigend, chief sales officer of the Meyer Group.

Meyer Werft’s order book now includes six cruise ships, one research vessel and the steel construction for four offshore converter platforms.

Picture: The Carnival Jubilee (by Meyer Werft).

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