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Published on : Friday, September 9, 2016
Liquefied Natural Gas would power the 1,80,00 ton-cruise vessel that is estimated to have a capacity of about 5,200 passengers. This number is 1,553 more than the carrying capacity of Britannia.
Currently, only three additional cruise ships are known to hold more passengers, namely the Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the Harmony of the Seas that is the biggest cruise ship of the world. The Royal Caribbean International operates all these cruises.
The new ship that would be launched is among the three LMG-powered cruise vessels that have been ordered by Carnival Corporation, the parent company of P&O Cruises. The other two cruises would also be capable of carrying 5,200 passengers and would be the largest cruise ships ever made for Carnival. Also, they would be the very first ‘green’ ships belonging to North America. The cruise ships are scheduled to be delivered in 2020 and 2022.
The order for all such cruises comes with four more LNG-powered cruise ships that would start sailing within the following five years for AIDA and Carnival’s Costa brands.
Carnival Corporation is the latest cruise liner to launch its LNG batton of cruise ships. Costa Cruises had declared in June 2015 that it was about to construct its first ships that would be powered by LNG rather than utilizing diesel and gas turbines.