Car­ni­val ship a cut above

Cruise Weekly - - News -

CAR­NI­VAL Cruise Line has an­nounced that the first steel has been cut for its new 180,000-tonne XL ship, which when com­plete will be­come the first ship op­er­at­ing in North Amer­ica to use liq­ue­fied nat­u­ral gas (LNG).

The tra­di­tional steel-cut­ting cer­e­mony was held at the Meyer Turku ship­yard in Fin­land and marks the of­fi­cial start of the ship’s con­struc­tion, which is slated for de­liv­ery in 2020.

The com­pany also re­vealed a bold new red, white and blue hull de­sign that cel­e­brates Car­ni­val’s legacy as “Amer­ica’s cruise line” as well as pay­ing homage to mar­itime tra­di­tion.

“This new ship prom­ises to be truly spe­cial, from its ground­break­ing tech­nol­ogy and one-ofa-kind fea­tures to its dis­tinc­tive liv­ery and hull de­sign that is both time­less and for­ward-think­ing while pay­ing tribute to our nearly 50-year his­tory of mak­ing won­der­ful va­ca­tion mem­o­ries for our guests,” said Chris­tine Duffy, Pres­i­dent of Car­ni­val Cruise Line.

Also to be added to the 5,200plus lower berth ship will be a va­ri­ety of “never be­fore seen in­no­va­tions” that “aim to take our cruise of­fer­ings to the next level”, Duffy added.

The as-yet un­named ship will op­er­ate from Florida’s Port Canaveral, with a name to be re­vealed in early Dec.

Itin­er­ary de­tails of its in­au­gu­ral sea­son are planned to be an­nounced in Jan, with fur­ther info on culi­nary & en­ter­tain­ment op­tions to be un­veiled in 2019

Pic­tured ad­mir­ing an artist’s con­cep­tion of the XL ship is Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer & Car­ni­val’s Pres­i­dent Chris­tine Duffy.

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