Carnival Corporation is set for an eventful year in 2023 with a new product and newbuilds entering service.
Cruise Industry News looks into the most anticipated events taking place across the company’s nine brands over the next 12 months.
Carnival Fun Italian Style
Carnival Fun Italian Style is debuting in 2023, with the introduction of the Carnival Venezia in May.
Originally built for Costa Cruises, the vessel is set to offer a unique product, combining Carnival’s experience with special touches from the European country.
Following the Venezia, which will sail year-round from New York, the Carnival Firenze is also set to join the concept in 2024 and launch service from California.
Two newbuilds are entering service for core Carnival Corporation brands in 2023.
Originally ordered for AIDA Cruises, the new Carnival Jubilee is currently being built in Germany by the Meyer Werft shipyard. Joining the Mardi Gras and the Carnival Celebration, the XL-Class ship will debut during the fourth quarter, offering Western Caribbean cruises out of Galveston.
A sister to the Seabourn Venture, the Seabourn Pursuit is set to become Carnival Corp’s second expedition ship. Under construction in Italy, the vessel is scheduled to enter service in October, ahead of a winter season in Antarctica.
In addition is a yet-to-be named newbuild for Adora Cruises, Carnival’s joint venture in China.
More Efficient Fleet
While new ships enter service, Carnival continues to withdraw smaller and less efficient ships from its fleet.
In 2023, at least three vessels are set to be retired by the brands, including the AIDAaura, which will bid farewell to AIDA Cruises in September.
Two more ships from Costa Cruises are also expected to be withdrawn. The exits are part of an effort to right-size the brand in light of the continued closure of cruise operations in China – where Costa had significant capacity before the pandemic.
More Passengers Onboard
Carnival Corporation is expecting more passengers onboard its ships in 2023, with an aimed average occupancy rate of 90 percent across its nine cruise brands in the first quarter.
The number is up from 54 percent occupancy in the first quarter of 2022, when cruise operations were still being restarted across the globe.
Return to Asia and World Cruises
Following a three-year gap, several Carnival brands are returning Asia in early 2023.
Several brands – including P&O, Cunard, Costa, Princess and Holland America – also resumed their world cruise itineraries in January, offering long global voyages that visit several international destinations and countries.
China Joint-Venture Debut
After years in the making, Carnival’s joint venture with CSSC is set to launch service in China in 2023.
Named Adora Cruises, the new brand will serve the local market, offering itineraries from several Chinese homeports.
In addition to two ships acquired from Costa, the joint venture is set to operate a pair of newbuilds, which are currently being constructed at a shipyard in Shanghai and are scheduled for 2023 and 2025 deliveries.