Carnival Corporation & plc, the parent company of Carnival Cruise Lines, today announced it has reached an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction a new 135,000-ton vessel for Carnival Cruise Lines.  Representing a new class of vessel for the line, the 4,000-passenger ship is scheduled for delivery in winter 2016.

The new Carnival Cruise Lines ship is part of a two-ship order that also includes a 99,000-ton vessel for Carnival’s sister company Holland America Line.  The total cost for the two vessels combined, which includes the U.S. dollar denominated contract price and all owner’s costs, will be approximately $195,000 per lower berth.

Including the newbuilds announced today, Carnival Corporation & plc’s brands currently have nine new ships scheduled for delivery – two for 2013, two for 2014, three for 2015 and two for 2016.

Design details and itinerary information for the new Carnival Cruise Lines ship will be announced in the future.

The new ship will be the 25th vessel in the “Fun Ship” fleet, building upon Carnival’s distinction as "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®."  Carnival’s 24 ships currently operate three- to 18-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Bermuda, South America, Panama Canal, Tahiti, the Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Norway, the Baltic and the British Isles.