The Canaveral Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Line have reached an agreement in principle on a new state-of-the-art terminal able to accommodate Carnival’s new 180,000-ton ship that is set to debut in 2020.
The terms of the agreement are expected to be included on the agenda of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Aug. 29, 2018. If approved, the agreement will clear the way for Carnival Cruise Line’s plans to homeport the currently unnamed ship at Port Canaveral, further bolstering the line’s position as the Port’s number one cruise operator. The new ship will be the largest vessel ever constructed for Carnival Cruise Line and also the first North American-based cruise ship to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas.
“We are very excited about the prospects of homeporting our largest ship at Port Canaveral, a valued business partner for more than 25 years,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in press materials. “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.”
Construction of the 180,000-ton cruise ship is scheduled to begin in November 2018 with the official steel-cutting ceremony at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland. Further ship details, along with itineraries from Port Canaveral, are expected to be announced in 2019.