Carnival line’s largest ship going to Port Canaveral

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Carnival Cruise Line said it reached an agreement with the Canaveral Port Authority to build a new terminal for the 5,286-passenger ship Carnival plans to deploy in 2020.

The 180,000-gross ton ship is 34% larger than Carnival’s most recent vessel, the 134,000-ton Carnival Horizon.

Carnival noted that the vessel will offer “an array of groundbreaking, never-before-seen features and attractions,” while also being the first North American-based cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas.

Further ship details, along with itineraries from Port Canaveral, are expected to be announced in 2019.

The ship is the second recent newbuild set to debut outside of Miami, where Carnival’s newest ships are typically based. Next year, the Carnival Panorama will debut in Long Beach, Calif., which will be its year-round homeport.

Carnival said it currently has three year-round ships based in Port Canaveral carrying upwards of 650,000 passengers a year. In October, the six-year-old Carnival Breeze will be repositioned from Galveston to homeport at Port Canaveral as well.

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Copenhagen Set for New Terminal in 2020

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Cruise ship calls continue to increase on an annual basis in Copenhagen as the Danish city has gone from 325 calls in 2017 to 346 in 2018, and expects 355 calls and 900,000 guests next year, according to Arnt Moller Pedersen, COO cruise and ferries.

The 2018 season kicked off in late March with the Astoria and will go to the end of October when the AIDAmar calls on Halloween. That is a full month longer than the 2017 season, with 2018 featuring nine new ships.

There are also nine off-season Christmas and New Years call, an all-time high.

Among the highlights, the biggest ship to call was the Norwegian Breakaway, while May 20 saw the port handle six ships, 24,000 cruise passengers and 8,000 crew in a single day, said Pedersen.

“We are building a new cruise terminal in Copenhagen with capacity for 5,000 guests and with a quay length of 370 meters and a water depth of 12 meters,” he said, noting it will be ready by April 2020. “The terminal building will have two floors, totalling 10,000 square meters and two gangway bridges.”

Overall more than 1.1 million cruise passengers are expected to visit Danish ports this year, with an economic impact of 200 million euro, according to a statement.

In addition to Copenhagen’s strong numbers, Aarhus will welcome 100,000 passengers for the first time; and business is also expected to double for the port of Skagen.

And in Visby, a new cruise quay opened earlier this year and was inaugurated by a call from the AIDAdiva in April.

Carnival in talks to build new Miami terminal

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FORT LAUDERDALE — PortMiami is in talks with Carnival Cruise Line to build a new terminal that would serve a ship with capacity of up to 6,000 passengers, a port official said.

The terminal would be the eighth and probably last terminal at the busiest cruise port in the world.

PortMiami has six terminals now, and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has just broken ground on a seventh that is scheduled to be finished by November 2018.

The new terminal for Carnival would be built directly east of the RCCL terminal, on ground now used for cargo operations.

“We’re in discussions with Carnival Cruise Line at present to build what may be the last terminal at the port for a ship that could carry up to 6,000 passengers, said Kevin Lynskey, deputy director of PortMiami.

Lynskey spoke as part of a panel discussion at the Seatrade Cruise Global convention.

The $200 million RCCL terminal is being built and financed by RCCL under an arrangement that is essentially a land lease for the port, Lynskey said. The Carnival terminal may be financed the same way, he said.

PortMiami projects that it will exceed 6 million passenger movements by 2018-19 fiscal year, the first full year of operation for the 170,000-square-foot RCCL terminal, to be called the Crown of Miami.

Both RCCL and Carnival Corp., the parent of Carnival Cruise Line, have their global headquarters in Miami.