As the world’s largest cruise line, Carnival is always looking for a way to make a splash in the industry. As one of the world’s busiest cruise ports, Port Canaveral near Orlando is always looking for ways to make the cruise ship passenger experience better. In anticipation of Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship ever, set for launch in 2020, the port and cruise line have agreed in principle on a new state of the art cruise terminal with enough size to handle next generation ships.
If approved at the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, the agreement will clear the way for Carnival Cruise Line’s plans to homeport the as-yet-unnamed 5,286-lower berth ship at Port Canaveral, further solidifying the cruise giant’s position as the Port’s number one cruise line.
Carnival’s Next Generation Ship
While Carnival Cruise Line has teased that the onboard amenities will be world class, we do know for a fact that the ship will be powered by Liquified Natural Gas instead of traditional diesel fuel.
Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, explained why Port Canaveral made sense for the new terminal.
“We are very excited about the prospects of homeporting our largest ship at Port Canaveral, a valued business partner for more than 25 years,” she said. “Easily accessible from all over the 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.”
A Longstanding Relationship
A relationship decades in the making between Carnival Cruise Line and Port Canaveral made the choice to build a new cruise terminal an easy one. The cruise line currently has three year-round ships based in Port Canaveral which cruise with well over half a million vacationers each year. In October, Carnival Cruise Line will also reposition the newer Carnival Breeze to homeport at Port Canaveral.