Carnival Nabs Next New Ship

September 30, 2005
As we predicted last week, Carnival Cruise Lines will nab a ship order, placed by corporate parent Carnival Corporation but not assigned to one of its cruise lines. The 112,000-ton, 3,006-passenger, as-yet-unnamed ship will be the line's biggest ever (but only by the slimmest of whiskers as Conquest-class ships, the current leader in the gigantic size sweepstakes, measure 110,000 tons and hold just a smidgen fewer folks).

Highlights revealed so far include:

A 17,800-square-ft. spa with thermal rooms, a ceremonial tea house and a winter garden, along with the line's first-ever thalassotherapy pool.

Carnival's biggest-ever kids playroom, which will incorporate a private water play area.

An all-new sports deck with bleacher-style seating.

A midship pool -- one of four onboard -- that has a two-deck-high retractable dome that can be closed during inclement weather.

This vessel is part of a five-ship agreement with Fincantieri announced last September. Carnival already had been awarded a new ship -- the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom. Another, the 116,000-ton Emerald Princess, would go to Princess Cruises. The 116,000-ton Ventura, based on the same design platform, was just assigned to P&O Cruises last week. And the arrangement with Fincantieri also called for a significant redesign of Cunard Line's Queen Victoria, which previously had been ordered with Holland America's Vista class but, due to the shift to Cunard, needs major reworking.

Carnival's latest ship is slated for a spring 2008 release.