Port Canaveral to Welcome Largest Carnival Cruise Ship

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The terminal will accommodate the line's new ship set to debut in 2020. - Photo by Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line has announced they have reached an agreement with the Canaveral Port Authority for the construction of a new terminal. The new facility will be big enough to accommodate the line’s upcoming 180,000 ton ship, the largest ever constructed for the line. The vessel will debut in 2020.


If the terms of the agreement are approved, it will clear the way for Carnival to homeport the not-yet-named 5,286 passenger ship at Port Canaveral. The vessel will offer a number of new features and attractions for Carnival, and be the first North American-based cruise ship powered by Liquefied Natural Gas.

“We are very excited about the prospects of homeporting our largest ship at Port Canaveral, a valued business partner for more than 25 years,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Easily accessible from all over the southeast with excellent facilities and friendly staff, Port Canaveral is one of our most popular and fastest-growing homeports. 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.”

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Rendering of the new ship. - Image by Carnival Cruise Line

Construction of the massive ship is scheduled to begin this November 2018 with the steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland.

Carnival currently has three year-round ships based in Port Canaveral, carrying around 650,000 passengers a year. In October, the line will also reposition Carnival Breeze to the port along Florida’s Space Coast.

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