Carnival Cruise Line Orders 5th Excel-Class Ship Coming 2028

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A rendering of Carnival Cruise Line’s Fifth Excel Class cruise ship to be delivered in 2028
  • Carnival Corporation & plc has signed an agreement with Meyer Werft shipyard for a fifth Excel-class cruise ship.
  • The vessel will be delivered in 2028.
  • The new ship will be powered by eco-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) and have a capacity of over 6,400 guests.

In a bold move to bolster its fleet and meet growing demand, Carnival Cruise Line has announced signing an agreement with Meyer Werft shipyard for a fifth Excel-class cruise ship. The new vessel, set to be delivered in 2028, will join Carnival Cruise Line’s innovative fleet of ships powered by eco-friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The addition of this fifth Excel-class ship follows Carnival’s recent announcement of a fourth ship in the class, expected to set sail in Spring 2027.

With this latest order, Carnival Corporation’s fleet will boast an impressive 11 Excel-class ships across four of its world-renowned brands: Carnival Cruise Line, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, and P&O Cruises. Carnival Cruise Line currently operates three Excel-class cruise ships and has orders to add two more vessels to its fleet.

Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy expressed enthusiasm for the Excel-class fleet, stating, “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 are driving excitement, demand, and strong guest satisfaction ratings. With the arrival of Carnival Firenze in April, we are completing the addition of five ships to our fleet in less than 20 months, and then we will pivot to another phase of growth with these two Excel ships.”

The new 180,000-ton ship will be built on the same platform as its sister vessels. The vessel can accommodate over 6,400 guests and 1,800 crew members. The ship will be powered by liquified natural gas (LNG), which showcases Carnival’s commitment to sustainable cruising and reduced environmental impact.

Carnival Corporation & plc CEO Josh Weinstein emphasized the company’s strategic approach to growth, stating, “This new order continues to balance our commitment to growth with our responsible capital approach to utilize strong free cash flow over the next several years to strategically improve our balance sheet, significantly reduce our leverage levels and continue to transfer value from debt holders to shareholders,

As the cruise industry continues to rebound from the challenges posed by the global pandemic, Carnival Corporation’s measured capacity growth strategy demonstrates its confidence in the future of cruising and its ability to meet the evolving needs and preferences of its guests.

We are proud of the role the Excel-class from MEYER WERFT and MEYER TURKU has played in contributing to the success of Carnival Corporation for many years now. We look forward to continuing this success story together,” said Bernd Eikens, CEO of MEYER Group.

Marcello De Lio
Marcello De Lio

Marcello's been cruising since he was 12 years old. He loves the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. Marcello created High Seas Cruising to share his passion for cruising and travel with readers and grow a community of passionate voyagers.

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