New Ships for Carnival Cruise Line Fleet
Carnival Corporation announced that Carnival Cruise Line will add two additional ships to its fleet by 2023. The line will take delivery in late 2023 of an Excel-class ship which was previously assigned to sister line AIDA Cruises. In mid-2022, Carnival will also take ownership of Costa Magica from sister line Costa Cruises. This ship is presently going through a dry dock, and will be renamed and go through a Carnival-branded conversion.
"We are excited about these additions to our fleet which reflect the strong position that Carnival has established in the U.S., the pent-up demand we continue to see for cruise vacations, and the overall plans by Carnival Corporation to optimize capacity and growth in key markets," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "While our immediate focus is on our restart of guest operations this summer, this is another cause for excitement at Carnival, and we will be announcing more detailed plans about homeports, itineraries and ship names very soon."
This July, Carnival Cruise Line will sail its newest ship, Mardi Gras, from Port Canaveral. This vessel is Carnival's first Excel-class, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ship. Its sister ship, the Carnival Celebration, will sail from Miami in late 2022.
The addition of Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration, and these two newly-announced vessels will bring the total number of ships in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet to 27 by the end of 2023.
Carnival is currently gearing up to resume sailing from the U.S. in the Caribbean and Alaska this July following an over year’s long suspension. The first ships sailing will include Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze (from Galveston), Carnival Horizon (from PortMiami), and Carnival Miracle (from Seattle). Carnival also announced it will resume sailing a number of ships this summer and fall from Port Canaveral, Miami, and Long Beach.
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