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Carnival and Canaveral Port Authority reach agreement over new LNG-fuelled vessel

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Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with the Canaveral Port Authority on a new state-of-the-art terminal able to accommodate its new 180 000 t ship.

The vessel is the largest ship ever constructed for the ship company, and is scheduled to debut in 2020. Construction will commence in November this year, with the official steel-cutting ceremony held at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland. It will be the first North American-based cruise ship to be powered by LNG – part of Carnival Corp.’s ‘green cruising’ design platform.

According to the statement, the terms of the agreement are expected to be included on the agenda of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting on 29 August 2018. If it is approved, the agreement will clear the way for Carnival Cruise Line’s plans to homeport the vessel at Port Canaveral, further improving the line’s position at the port’s main cruise operator.

Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, said: “We are very excited about the prospects of homeporting our largest ship at Port Canaveral, a valued business partner for more than 25 years.

“Easily accessible from all over the southeast with excellent facilities and friendly staff, Port Canaveral is one of our most popular and fastest-growing homeports. This fantastic new ship, coupled with our future plans for Port Canaveral, will provide guests with an unparalleled seagoing vacation experience from the minute they arrive.”

Canaveral Port Authority Port Director and CEO, Capt. John Murray, added: “The Port and Carnival Cruise Line have worked closely for decades building a successful partnership together. We are proud of our partners at Carnival and eager to begin this new chapter in our business relationship.

“Carnival's commitment to Port Canaveral demonstrates their confidence in our ability to support one of the world's most successful cruise brands. We're excited and looking forward to having their largest and newest class of ship homeported here.”

The decision to base the new vessel on the Space Coast continues a decades-long relationship and reinforces Carnival Cruise Line’s position as Port Canaveral’s number one cruise operator. Currently, the line has three year-round ships based in the port, carrying over 650 000 passengers each year. In October 2018, the line will also reposition the newer Carnival Breeze to homeport at Port Canaveral.

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