America’s Carnival Corporation has signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of two new cruise ships. The 3,600-passenger vessels are earmarked for the organisation’s Princess Cruises brand, with an expected launch date of spring 2013 and spring 2014.
At 139,000 tons each, the as-yet-unnamed ships will be the largest in the Princess Cruises fleet. The move follows a two year acquisition hiatus by Carnival, which is seeking to maintain its position as the world’s largest cruise group.
Carnival is the presently the owner of Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, The Yachts of Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Ibero Cruises, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.
Together, these brands operate 95 ships, totalling more than 184,000 lower berths, with 11 new ships scheduled to be delivered between March 2010 and May 2012.
Avis goes electric
Car hire giant Avis is set to offer UK customers electric vehicles from 2011, following a partnership deal with the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Avis argues the cars – which produce zero emissions during use – represent a “breakthrough solution”, providing sustainable mobility for all.
However, question marks remain over the sustainability of vehicles which still draw electricity produced in carbon intensive power plants.
Pascal Bazin, chief executive for Avis Europe, explained: “At Avis, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and are always looking for new ways to improve our environmental performance.
“We are delighted to sign this important partnership with Renault to offer electric vehicles as part of our green fleet, which is an increasingly central part of our customer offering.”