The Canaveral Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Line have agreed in principle on a new terminal able to accommodate Carnival’s new 180,000 gt ship, the largest ever constructed for the line, due to be delivered in 2020.
The terms of the agreement are expected to be included on the agenda of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting this week.
If approved, the agreement will clear the way for Carnival Cruise Line’s plans to homeport the as-yet-unnamed 5,286 pax ship at Port Canaveral.
The vessel will be the first North American-based cruise ship to be powered by LNG, part of Carnival Corporation’s ‘green cruising’ design platform.
“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 (pictured) , president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Easily accessible from all over the (US) 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,” she said.
“The Port and Carnival Cruise Line have worked closely for decades building a successful partnership together. We are proud of our partners at Carnival and eager to begin this new chapter in our business relationship,” said Canaveral Port Authority Port Director and CEO, Capt John Murray. “Carnival’s commitment to Port Canaveral demonstrates their confidence in our ability to support one of the world’s most successful cruise brands. We’re excited and looking forward to having their largest and newest class of ship homeported here.”