Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet will welcome two additional ships by 2023.
In late 2023, the cruise line will take delivery of an Excel-class ship that had previously been assigned to sister line Aida Cruises.
It will also take on Costa Magica (pictured) from another European sister line, Costa Cruises. That ship will be rebranded as a Carnival vessel and join the fleet by mid-2022.
These two ships are in addition to the new capacity growth represented by Mardi Gras – Carnival’s first Excel-class ship – which starts sailing from Port Canaveral on July 31 and sister ship, Carnival Celebration, which will begin operations from Miami in late 2022, as part of Carnival’s 50th birthday festivities.
The addition of these four ships will bring the Carnival fleet to 27 by the end of 2023.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said: “We are excited about these additions to our fleet which reflect the strong position that Carnival has established in the US, the pent-up demand we continue to see for cruise vacations, and the overall plans by Carnival Corporation to optimise capacity and growth in key markets.
“While our immediate focus is on our restart of guest operations this summer, this is another cause for excitement at Carnival, and we will be announcing more detailed plans about homeports, itineraries and ship names very soon.”