Excellence-class cruise ship

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AIDAnova (cropped).jpg
AIDAnova in 2018 - First ship in the Excellence class
Class overview
Preceded by: Vista class
Built: 2017–present
In service: 2018–present
Planned: 9
Building: 3
Completed: 1

The Excellence-class,[1] including the sub-class designations of Helios-class[2] and XL-class,[3] is a class of cruise ships ordered by Carnival Corporation & plc that entered service for their subsidiary AIDA Cruises in 2018, and will enter service for Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines thereafter.


In March 2015, Carnival Corporation entered into a strategic partnership with Meyer Werft to build new ships between 2019 and 2022.[4] In June 2015, four ships were ordered for delivery between 2019 and 2020.[5][6] In September 2016, three more ships were ordered for Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises for delivery in 2020 and 2022.[7]

The Excellence-class will be the first cruise ships in the world to be dual fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and traditional Fuel oil, which is intended to make them more environmentally friendly than traditional, diesel-powered ships.[6] Each ship is expected to cost $950 million.[8]


Built Ship Subclass Operator Builder Gross tonnage[8] Flag IMO-number Notes Image Newbuilding no.
2018 AIDAnova Helios-class[9] AIDA Cruises Meyer Werft 183,900 9781865 Construction Started on 21 February 2017[10] S.696
2019 Costa Smeralda Costa Cruises Meyer Turku 183,900 9781889 Construction Started on 13 September 2017[11] NB 1394
2020 Iona XL-class[3] P&O Cruises Meyer Werft 183,900 9826548 Construction Started on 25 April 2018[12] S.710
2020 Mardi Gras XL-class[13] Carnival Cruise Line Meyer Turku 183,900 9837444 Construction started on 15 November 2018
keel laid on 18 June 2019[14]
NB 1396
2021 Unnamed Helios-class[9] AIDA Cruises Meyer Werft 183,900 Originally planned for 2020 S.709
2021 Unnamed Costa Cruises Meyer Turku 183,900 9781891 Originally planned for 2020 NB 1395
2022 Unnamed XL-class[13] Carnival Cruise Line Meyer Turku 183,900 NB 1397
2022 Unnamed XL-class[3] P&O Cruises Meyer Werft 183,900 S.716
2023 Unnamed Helios-class[9] AIDA Cruises Meyer Werft 183,900


  1. ^ "Steel cut for Carnival Cruise Line's first Excellence-class ship". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  2. ^ "AIDAnova". www.meyerwerft.de. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  3. ^ a b c "P&O Cruises and Cunard make 2022 single use plastics commitment". Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  4. ^ "Carnival Corporation Enters into Strategic Partnerships to Add Nine Cruise Ships to its Fleet over a Four-Year Period Starting in 2019". 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  5. ^ "Carnival Corporation orders two cruise ships from Meyer Turku". 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  6. ^ a b "Carnival Corporation Finalizes Contract with Meyer Werft to Build Four Next-Generation Cruise Ships". 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  7. ^ "Carnival Corporation to Build Three New LNG-Powered Cruise Ships with Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku". 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  8. ^ a b "Cruise ship ordeerbook". Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  9. ^ a b c "AIDA orders third Helios-class cruise ship". Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  10. ^ "The world's first LNG cruise liner". 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  11. ^ "Construction work begins on Costa Smeralda". World of Cruising. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  12. ^ "P&O Cruises marks first construction milestone for newest ship with steel cutting ceremony in Papenburg". Meyer Werft. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Carnival Cruise Line Names First XL-Class Ship Mardi Gras". Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  14. ^ "Carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship hull assembly has begun at Meyer Turku shipyard". 2019-06-18. Retrieved 2019-06-18.

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