The ship is a sibling to a previously announced new-build scheduled for the fall of 2009. These as-yet-unnamed vessels represent a new class of ship and will be the largest ever in Carnival's fleet.
The announcement doesn't come as a complete surprise; when the line ordered its first 130,000-ton ship last December, there was an option for a second. A year later, Carnival has simply exercised that option. Both ships will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its yard in Monfalcone, Italy.
At this point, details on the 2009 and 2010 launches are slim, though a company statement promises "a host of new and exciting facilities and features."
Carnival Cruise Lines now has four new ships in the works; the other two, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Splendor, are due out in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor