Cruise ships sail towards LNG power

Increasing number of ships on order are LNG-powered
The trend towards cleaner alternative fuel is pushing the cruise industry towards LNG-powered ships. Out of 73 cruise ships on order to be delivered between 2017 and 2026, 13 will be powered by liquefied natural gas.
Carnival Corporation is leading the way. It will be first to put it into practice when its AIDA and Costa brands each take delivery of a 5,200-passenger ship powered by LNG in 2019.
Two more Carnival brands will get LNG power the following year on newbuilds for P&O and Carnival – and on two further ships in 2021, for Costa and AIDA. Then, in 2022, another Carnival Cruise Line LNG vessel will follow.
These seven newbuilds are to be built at Meyer Turku in Finland or Meyer Werft in Germany. Meanwhile, a number of homeports in North America are reported to be preparing for LNG bunkering infrastructure.
At other lines, MSC Cruises has four 200,000-ton LNG-fuelled ships on order with deliveries scheduled for between 2022 and 2026. Royal Caribbean has also just placed an order with Meyer Turku for two LNG and fuel-cell powered vessels for delivery in 2022 and 2024.
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