Carnival Corporation has reached an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to construct a 130,000 ton cruise ship for its Carnival Cruise Lines brand, scheduled to enter service in spring 2012.
The new 3,690 passenger vessel will offer many of the same features as the recently launched Carnival Dream, as well as some new elements which have not yet been announced. The all-in cost of the vessel is approximately $200,000 per lower berth.
Like Carnival Dream, the new ship will include a WaterWorks aqua park, an indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza, plus a wide range of staterooms including deluxe ocean views with two-bathrooms and five berths, which will hold particular appeal for families.
Already under construction at Fincantieri is the second sister ship to the Carnival Dream, the 130,000-ton Carnival Magic, which is scheduled to enter service in May 2011.
"Barely in service for two months, Carnival Dream is already earning rave reviews from guests and travel agents and ordering a third Dream-class ship speaks volumes about the confidence we have in the continued success of this series," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival Cruise Lines’ President and CEO. "The Dream class of ships embodies the evolution of our brand by providing the type of fun, affordable vacations that today’s consumers are seeking," he added.