Carnival Corporation Launches First of Three New Ships in 2017: Seabourn Encore from its Seabourn Ultra-Luxury Cruise Line
Following the launch of Seabourn Encore, the upcoming 2017 additions of Majestic Princess and AIDAperla are part of the 17 ships scheduled for delivery for Carnival Corporation and its brands through 2022, creating measured capacity growth over time that enables the company's global fleet to meet accelerating demand for cruise vacations in every region of the world.
"On the heels of launching three new ships in 2016, it is exciting to have three more new ships join our fleet in 2017 as we re-invest on multiple fronts to continue raising the bar in providing our guests with a great vacation experience at an exceptional value," said
Added Frizzell: "Introducing new ships is part of our long-term strategy to build state-of-the-art vessels that are highly efficient to operate while creating excitement and demand among consumers. Of course, as stunning and beautiful as our new and existing ships are, what matters even more is the passionate focus of our 120,000 employees on providing our guests with extraordinary experiences to over 700 ports around the world that land-based vacations simply cannot match. All in all, it is rewarding to see more and more consumers recognizing that cruising is the world's best vacation and vacation value."
The three new ships scheduled to join Carnival Corporation's fleet include:
Seabourn: Seabourn Encore – Official launch date of
Seabourn Encore, the fourth all-suite ship in Seabourn's fleet, was launched
The vessel was designed by hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany and features contemporary interiors and modern design elements and innovations consistent with the line's reputation for understated elegance. Tihany is also designing a second ship, Seabourn Ovation, which is currently under construction and scheduled to launch in spring 2018.
Seabourn Encore will expand and build on the line's award-winning Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionized ultra-luxury cruising with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011. The 40,350-gross ton ship is configured with one additional deck, expanded public areas and a private veranda for every suite.
Seabourn Encore will maintain the line's high ratio of space per guest, enabling highly personalized service by its exceptional crew.
The new vessel continues Seabourn's reputation as the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise line. Seabourn has been named the "World's
Majestic Princess will be the world's first cruise ship built specifically for the Chinese market, where
Majestic Princess will also offer the international flavor of cruising with
Majestic Princess will be the only cruise ship that offers two specialty dinner menus designed by Michelin star chefs at sea in China.
One offering is Harmony, created in partnership with
The ship will also offer Princess' signature Movies Under the Stars, with the largest outdoor screen at sea, and the exciting Princess Water Color Fantasy fountain and light show.
Guests will also experience the signature SeaWalk, the industry's first glass-floor walkway at sea, and SeaView Bar featuring "flair" bartending with the best views at sea.
Accommodations will be configured to appeal to families and multigenerational travelers, and all outside staterooms will have private balconies.
AIDAperla is the 12th and second of a new-generation vessel in the fleet for
AIDAperla will – like its sister ship AIDAprima -- feature the revolutionary hull design that significantly enhances energy efficiency. It will also use the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), which was a first in the cruise industry on AIDAprima. This modern technology enables the ships to glide on a cushion of air, further reducing fuel consumption.
The ship will also feature AIDA's Spray Bar, an exclusive, all-white champagne lounge, which is spread across two decks and operated via partnership with Moët & Chandon.
More New Ships to Join Fleet in 2018
About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest leisure travel company in the world, with a portfolio of 10 cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia comprised of Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (
Together, these brands operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths with 17 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2017 and 2022.
Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com, www.hollandamerica.com, www.princess.com, www.seabourn.com, www.aida.de, www.costacruise.com, www.cunard.com, www.pocruises.com.au, www.pocruises.com and www.fathom.org.
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