August 3, 2011
Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri will build a 132,500-ton, 3,700-passenger ship for Costa Cruises, and a memorandum of agreement is in place with Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to build two 125,000-ton, 3,250-passenger ships for AIDA Cruises. The ships are set to be delivered in October 2014, March 2015 and March 2016, respectively.
The Costa ship will be the line's flagship, giving the line a replacement for the aging Costa Marina, which is set to leave the fleet in November 2011. It will also increase capacity as the line considers the sale of other older ships. In early July, the line launched 114,500-ton, 3,000-passenger Costa Favalosa; it'll be followed next spring by its twin sibling, Costa Fascinosa.
The Fincantieri order continues a series of shipbuilding contracts from Carnival Corp. that stretches back nearly 20 years.
Order of the ship duo for AIDA from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries brings Carnival Corp.'s total number of ships on order to 10, with three scheduled for delivery in 2012, two in 2013, two in 2014, two in 2015 and one in 2016.
Additional design and itinerary details for the three new vessels will be announced at a later date.
--by Jamey Bergman, Web Content Manager, U.K.