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Well, a bit more, gleaned from previous press releases.

First, the new P&O ship was one of three announced on 6 September. Two will be for Carnival Cruise Line and the third will be for P&O. They’ll all be built by Meyer, the German shipbuilding company; two at their traditional shipyard at Papenburg (in Germany) and the other one at the Turku shipyard in Finland that Meyer bought not too long ago.

What we know about these three ships specifically is that they’ll be 180,000 tons; they’ll hold 5,200 passengers normally and up to 6,600 with all berths occupied; and they’ll be propelled by LNG fuel.

In turns out that these aren’t the first such ships that Carnival Corp has ordered. A bit more than a year ago I did a post about an order for four new ships from Meyer for Carnival Corp, two for Costa and two for AIDA. These ships were specified as being 180,000 tons, being LNG propelled, and having a normal capacity of 5,200 passengers and a maximum capacity of 6,600. Sound familiar? To me it seems that the three ship orders just announced amount to another three of the same general class – they’ll all be the same size, have the same propulsion system, and the same passenger capacity. They’ll be spread around Carnival’s lines in the following way: two for Carnival Cruise line itself, two for Costa, two for AIDA and the seventh for P&O. It’s interesting that Carnival Corp is standardising in this way: while Carnival Cruise line and Costa have frequently had very similar ships, up until now AIDA has had its own unique ships while P&O has generally shared ship designs with Princess – Oceana, Ventura, Azura and Britannia all have sisters (or near sisters) in the Princess fleet.

There’s been a lot of comment about the size of these ships. In a post I did over a year ago I extracted this quote about the capacity of these big new ships: “a major part of the innovative design involves making much more efficient use of the ship’s spaces, creating an enhanced onboard experience for guests“. We still wait to see what those design innovations will be.

Finally, there’s something hidden in the detail of the scheduling of these new builds. A year ago it was announced that the four ships in the first order would be delivered in 2019 and 2020. It’s now said (in the Carnival Corp press release) that the delivery date for the P&O ship will be 2020, and that the dates for the Carnival Cruise line pair will be 2020 and 2022. It’s also stated that “…the delivery dates for the new builds for Germany-based AIDA Cruises and Italy-based Costa Cruises for 2020 will shift to 2021….“. I think that this means that Costa and AIDA will each get their first ship in 2019, as originally planned; that the next pair, originally intended to be those lines’ second ships, will instead go to P&O and Carnival Cruise line in 2020; that Costa and AIDA will then get their second ships in 2021, and that these are the first ships of the new order; and that Carnival Cruise line will get its second ship in 2022.

Here are some links. First, to a post I did a year or so ago about the order for the first four of these ships; next a link to the Carnival Corp press release about the current order; and finally a link to a post by a publication, also about the new order.

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