Carnival Starts Construction on Cutting-Edge New Ship
Carnival Cruise Line cut the steel to begin construction on the first member of its' newest and largest class of ships today and offered a sneak peek at the new ship's hull design and livery.
The new class of ship – dubbed Carnival XL – will be the first cruise ship based in North America to use liquified natural gas (LNG), a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly source of power.
The ship's livery, designed by New York-based Bluarch Architecture, features a navy blue hull with red and white accents, an homage to Carnival's legacy as 'America's Cruise Line' and inspired by both officer's uniforms and the line's iconic funnel logo.
"This new ship promises to be truly special, from its groundbreaking technology and one-of-a-kind features to its distinctive livery and hull design that is both timeless and forward-thinking while paying tribute to our nearly 50-year history of making wonderful vacation memories for our guests," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
The as-yet-unnamed ship, weighing in at 180,000 GRT and featuring 5,200 lower berths, will be delivered in 2020. The ship is being built by Meyer Turku at its' shipyard in Turku, Finland. The name for the new ship will be revealed in early December, with inaugural season itineraries, from Port Canaveral, Florida, announced in early 2019.
A second vessel in the Carnival XL class is scheduled to arrive in 2022. just in time to celebrate Carnival's 50th anniversary.