Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Carnival Corp. Launching 4 New Cruise Ships

By Mark Edward Nero

To meet rising demand for cruise vacations, four of Carnival Corp.’s 10 brands are expected to add new ships in 2016, the company announced Jan. 6. The additions are part of the 17 ships scheduled for delivery for Carnival brand companies through 2020.

The four new ships scheduled to join Carnival Corp.’s fleet of 99 ships in 2016 are:

  • Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam, with delivery expected in April 2016. The 99,500-gt Koningsdam is currently under construction at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Italy.
  • Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Vista, with delivery expected in April 2016. The largest ship in the Carnival fleet, Carnival Vista will measure 133,500 tons, 1,055 feet long and have a guest capacity of 3,954. Carnival Vista is scheduled to enter service on May 1, initially sailing from Europe and repositioning to Miami in November to launch year-round Caribbean service.
  • AIDA Cruises’ AIDAprima. Official delivery date expected in April 2016. The AIDAprima will be the newest flagship for AIDA Cruises, with 1,643 cabins at 124,100 gross tons.
  • Seabourn Cruise Line’s Seabourn Encore. Official delivery date expected is in December 2016 for the Seabourn Encore. The 40,350-gross ton ship is being configured with one additional deck and new expanded public areas, and is expected to carry up to 600 guests, based on double occupancy.