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Carnival Corporation and Meyer Werft sign a contract for a fifth Excel Class cruise ship

CruiseOnly a month after Carnival Corporation reached an agreement with Meyer Werft for a fourth Excel Class cruise ship, a fifth has now been ordered for delivery in 2028.

"The Excel Class from Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku has been contributing to Carnival Corporation's success for several years now. We look forward to continuing this success story together," says Bernd Eikens, CEO of the Meyer Group. Since 2018 Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku have built nine cruise ships with LNG propulsion for four cruise lines in Carnival Corporation's portfolio on a joint technical platform. The two new ships that have now been ships will also be built on this platform and, with a length of around 344 metres and a size of approximately 180,000gt, will offer space for more than 6,400 guests. 

"Carnival's Excel Class fleet will soon consist of a quintet of these highly popular ships that offer outstanding guest amenities and tremendous operational efficiencies," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "Since the introduction of MARDI GRAS in 2021 and the subsequent expansion with CARNIVAL CELEBRATION in 2022 and CARNIVAL JUBILEE in 2023, these Excel Class ships have generated excitement, demand and high guest satisfaction."

This second major order in just a few weeks demonstrates the turnaround in the cruise market, which has reached and, in some cases, exceeded the record level of 2019. "We can see that the Meyer Group's ships are operating very successfully and that we can therefore continue this ship platform," explains Thomas Weigend, Chief Sales Officer of the Meyer Group.

Meyer Werft's order book now includes six cruise ships, one research vessel and the steel construction for four offshore converter platforms.

The order is subject to financing, which is expected to be finalised in the course of the year.

Meyer Werft and Disney Cruise Line also celebrated the keel laying of DISNEY DESTINY, the third ship in the Wish class for Disney Cruise Line.

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Mar 27 2024

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