Excellence-class cruise ship

The Excellence class,[1][2][3] including the sub-classes Helios class,[4] XL class and Excel class,[5] is a class of cruise ships ordered by Carnival Corporation & plc for its subsidiary brands AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line. The ships are being constructed by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and Meyer Turku at their shipyard in Turku, Finland. The first, AIDAnova, entered service for AIDA Cruises in 2018.

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AIDAnova, the first ship in the class, in 2018
Class overview
Builders
Operators
Preceded by
Built2017–present
In service2018–present
Planned9
Building4
Completed4
Active4

HistoryEdit

In March 2015, Carnival Corporation entered into a strategic partnership with Meyer Werft to build new ships between 2018 and 2022.[6] In June 2015, four ships were ordered for delivery between 2019 and 2020.[7][8] In September 2016, three more ships were ordered for Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises for delivery in 2020 and 2022.[9]

The Excellence class will be the first cruise ships in the world to be dual fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and traditional fuel oil, which is intended to make them more environmentally friendly than traditional, diesel-powered ships.[8] Each ship is expected to cost $950 million.[10]

The first four ships in the class suffered delivery delays. The delays of AIDAnova, Costa Smeralda and Mardi Gras were attributed to the ships being the first to be fueled by LNG, design complexities, difficulties coordinating subcontractors, and the large size of the ships.[3] The delay of Iona was due to a temporary suspension of operations by P&O Cruises, and slower construction progress, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] Mardi Gras was later delayed until 2021, also due to the pandemic.[12]

ShipsEdit

Ship Subclass Built Operator Builder Gross tonnage Flag IMO number Notes Image Newbuilding no.
AIDAnova Helios class[13] 2018 AIDA Cruises Meyer Werft 183,858[14]   Italy 9781865 World's first LNG-powered cruise ship.[15]   S.696
Costa Smeralda 2019 Costa Cruises Meyer Turku 185,010[16]   Italy 9781889   NB 1394
Iona Excel class[5] 2020 P&O Cruises Meyer Werft 184,089[17]   United Kingdom 9826548   S.710
Mardi Gras Excel class[18] 2020 Carnival Cruise Line Meyer Turku 181,808[19]   Bahamas 9837444   NB 1396
AIDAcosma Helios class[13] 2021 AIDA Cruises Meyer Werft 183,900[10] 9781877 Originally planned for 2020. Construction started on August 15, 2019.
Floating engine room unit built at Neptun Werft, Rostock and left the yard in February 2020.[20]
  S.709
Costa Toscana 2021 Costa Cruises Meyer Turku 183,900[10] 9781891 Originally planned for 2020. Later, the delivery date was changed to June 2021 but was delayed until December 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] Construction started on July 30, 2019.
Floating engine room unit built at Neptun Werft, Rostock and left the yard in December 2019.[22] Sea trials under flag of Finland in October 2021.MMSI number: 230989440
NB 1395
Carnival Celebration[23] Excel class[18] 2022 Carnival Cruise Line Meyer Turku 180,000[24] 9837456 NB 1397
Arvia[25] Excel class[5] 2022 P&O Cruises Meyer Werft >180,000[26] 9849693 Construction started on February 22, 2021.[27] S.716
TBA Excel class[13] 2023 Carnival Cruise Line Meyer Werft 183,200[28] 9851737 Originally ordered for AIDA Cruises. [29] S.717

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Carnival not occupied with building world's largest cruise ship". April 17, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  2. ^ "Steel cut for Carnival Cruise Line's first Excellence-class ship". November 15, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Mardi Gras delays not surprising but still costly for Carnival". January 5, 2020. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "AIDAnova". www.meyerwerft.de. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "P&O Cruises and Cunard make 2022 single use plastics commitment". Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Carnival Corporation Enters into Strategic Partnerships to Add Nine Cruise Ships to its Fleet over a Four-Year Period Starting in 2019". March 24, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Carnival Corporation orders two cruise ships from Meyer Turku". June 15, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Carnival Corporation Finalizes Contract with Meyer Werft to Build Four Next-Generation Cruise Ships". June 15, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Carnival Corporation to Build Three New LNG-Powered Cruise Ships with Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku". September 6, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Cruise ship ordeerbook". Retrieved February 25, 2017.
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  12. ^ Limone, Jerry (July 7, 2020). "Another delay for Carnival's Mardi Gras ship". Travel Weekly. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c "AIDA orders third Helios-class cruise ship". Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  14. ^ "AIDAnova (9781865)". Leonardo Info. Registro Italiano Navale. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  15. ^ "AIDAnova, World's 1st LNG Cruise Ship, Delivered". World Maritime News. December 12, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "Costa Smeralda (9781889)". Leonardo Info. Registro Italiano Navale. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  17. ^ "MS Iona (9826548)". Leonardo Info. Registro Italiano Navale. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  18. ^ a b "Carnival Cruise Line Names First XL-Class Ship Mardi Gras". Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  19. ^ "Carnival Mardi Gras (9837444)". Leonardo Info. Registro Italiano Navale. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  20. ^ "AIDAcosma auf dem Weg von Rostock nach Papenburg". Schiffe und Kreuzfahrten (in German). February 24, 2020. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  21. ^ "La livraison du Costa Toscana retardée de six mois". Mer et Marine (in French). November 12, 2020. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  22. ^ "Ausdocken des Maschinenraummoduls für die Costa Toscana bei der NEPTUN WERFT". youtube.com (in German). December 4, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  23. ^ Kalosh, Anne (August 21, 2020). "Carnival's 2022 Excel-class ship is named Carnival Celebration". Seatrade Cruise News. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  24. ^ "Carnival XL Class 2 | MEYER WERFT | Delivery in 2022". Meyer Werft. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  25. ^ Coulter, Adam (18 February 2021). "P&O Cruises Reveals Name of New Ship, Arvia". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  26. ^ "Sister Ship of Iona | MEYER WERFT | Delivery in 2022". Meyer Werft. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  27. ^ Coulter, Adam (February 22, 2021). "P&O Cruises Cuts Steel For New Cruise Ship, Arvia". Cruise Critic. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  28. ^ "Excel Class | Cruise Ship #3". Meyer Werft. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  29. ^ "Carnival Cruise Line To Grow Fleet By Two Additional Ships by 2023 – Carnival Cruise Line News". Carnival Cruise Lines. Retrieved 23 June 2021.

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