A new 133,500-ton ship originally destined for P&O Cruises Australia will instead be added to the Carnival Cruise Line fleet.

The third 3,936-passenger vessel in the company’s Vista class series will join the Carnival Corporation US-based line in late 2019.

As a result, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor will be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia at the same time.

The name of the new ship, under contract with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, will be announced at a later date together with its homeport and itinerary details

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “We are truly thrilled to have another Vista class ship joining our fleet,”

“Carnival Vista has proven to be the most innovative and popular ship we’ve ever introduced.

“Consumer, travel agent and media reaction to the Vista class design has been extraordinary and we are elated to have two additional ships in this spectacular series now joining our fleet – Carnival Horizon, which is scheduled to be delivered in March 2018, and now a third in 2019.”