Carnival Corporation has upped the ante by ordering another four new ships and will be spread across its cruise ship brands. Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri are the ones that won the contract, which is worth €2.5bn. This was already agreed in March 2015, but the order is officially going ahead.
These new ships are to be built at shipyard in Monfalcone and Marghera, and construction is to begin in early 2016. Deliveries are not expected until 2019 and 2020.
Costa Asia is to get two of the new ships, P&O Cruises Australia will get one and Princess Cruises will get the fourth new ship due to be built.
The first three ships will weigh in at 135,500t and have a capacity for 4,200 passengers, whereas the new Princess Cruises ship will be a 143,700t vessel and hold 3,560 passengers. This means that there will be far more public space because of having less staterooms.
Sticking with Princess Cruises, this is to be the fourth Royal Princess class vessel, and so a percent addition to the fleet.