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Wednesday,  April 17, 2024 5:51 PM 

Carnival to add fifth Excel-Class ship in 2028

  • Cruises
  •   03-27-2024  7:03 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Carnival to add fifth Excel-Class ship in 2028
Pax Global Media

Carnival Corporation has signed an agreement with Meyer Werft shipyard for a fifth Excel-class cruise ship for its Carnival Cruise Line brand, with the delivery set for 2028.

In mid-February Carnival had announced the first newbuild order placed in five years with news that a fourth Excel-class ship would join the Carnival Cruise Line fleet in Spring 2027. 

This latest announcement confirms an 11th Excel-class ship for the corporation's fleet across four of its brands, and the fifth to be sailed by Carnival Cruise Line.

"Carnival's Excel-class fleet will soon be a quintet of these very popular ships that provide outstanding guest amenities and tremendous operating 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 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."

This fifth Excel-class ship will be built on the same platform as its sisters, with the 180,000-ton ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and designed to carry over 6,400 guests and 1,800 crew.

The order is contingent upon financing, which is expected to be completed later this year, Carnival says. 

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