Cool news coming out of Carnival Corporation & plc, which has just announced a memorandum of agreement with shipyards Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku for the delivery of three next-generation cruise ships to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG.
Already in use in Norway on ferry vessels like the trendsetting Viking Grace (operated by Viking Line, of no relation to Viking Cruises), LNG is the world’s cleanest-burning fossil fuel in the world. These ships will use LNG to generate 100 percent of the ship’s operational and hotel power, both in port and on the open sea. It’s an innovation that will significantly reduce exhaust emissions over current technology.
Two of the three as-yet-unnamed ships are destined for Carnival Cruise Line, and will enter service in 2020 and 2022 following their construction at Meyer Turku in Turku, Finland. The third vessel will be built for Southampton, England-based P&O Cruises UK, and will be constructed at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. It will enter service in 2020.
Carnival is no stranger to the LNG game: the line had previously announced LNG-powered newbuilds for its AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises brand, the first of which will enter service in 2019. In order to slot in this new order for Carnival and P&O, LNG-po
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