Order worth more than $2 billion is sign of optimism in European market
European cruise brands belonging to US-based Carnival Corp. will get three new ships worth more than $2 billion. The world’s biggest cruise company said that its order conveyed its long-term optimism in the European market. Germany-based AIDA Cruises will benefit from two additional 3,250-passenger ships costing a total of $1.3 billion, while Italy-based Costa Cruises will receive a 3,700-passenger vessel worth almost $800 million. The vessels will be the biggest yet for both brands, the Costa ship due for delivery in October 2014 and the AIDA ships due in spring 2015 and in 2016. Insiders say that Carnival managed to get good deals for the construction of the ships, from Italy’s Fincantieri for the Costa vessel and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan for the AIDA ships.
[photo: Costa enters the Norwegian ports Molde and Andalsnes; courtesy Cruise Europe]