On Tuesday, Carnival announced that Port Canaveral will be the home of its soon-to-be-built first of two newest & largest "XL-Class" ships. The port will be building a new terminal to accommodate her size. The ship will have a maximum capacity of 5,2860 passengers and a crew of 2,000. This will be the first North American ship powered by liquefied natural gas - the world's cleanest burning fossil fuel. Construction of the new ship will begin in November. The new Terminal 3 will open in mid-2020. The new ship has not been publicly named. Its itinerary will be announced in 2019. A second "XL-Class" ship is scheduled for delivery in 2022.
Carnival presently has 26 ships - the largest number of cruise ships in the industry. Carnival has another new ship, the Carnival Panorama that is scheduled for delivery in 2019.