The first steel has just been cut for the first ship in Carnival Cruise Line’s new Excellence-class.
The 5,200-guest is due to be delivered in 2020 and is being built in Meyer Turku, Finland.
From its launch, the 180,000-tonne Carnival vessel will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and will operate from Port Canaveral Florida, US.
The ship’s name is due to be revealed early next month and a second XL ship will start construction in 2020.
It is planned to be delivered in 2022 to mark the 50 years since Carnival was launched.
At a ceremony on November 15th, the family-friendly line also revealed a new red, white and blue hull design that celebrates its legacy as America’s Cruise Line and pays homage to maritime tradition.
Carnival Cruise Line’s president, Christine Duffy, said: “This new ship promises to be truly special.
From its groundbreaking technology and one-of-a-kind features to its distinctive livery and hull design that is both timeless and forward-thinking while paying tribute to our nearly 50-year history of making wonderful vacation memories for our guests.”
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