Brand New 3rd Excel Class Ship
One of the ships being added to Carnival's fleet is an Excel class ship that was originally scheduled to be built for Carnival Corporation's Aida brand. The Excel class ship is in the same class of ships as the Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration (scheduled to debut 2022). The Excel class ship is Liquid Natural Gas powered. This ship is scheduled to arrive to Carnival's fleet in late 2023.
Costa Magica To Transfer To Carnival's Fleet
The other ship coming to Carnival's fleet is the Costa Magica. The Costa Magica is a Destiny class cruise ship that is sailing under the Costa brand of Carnival Corporation. Before joining Carnival's fleet, the Costa Magica will be sent to dry-dock and will undergo a Carnival branding conversion. The ship's name will be changed. It is not yet known exactly what the ship's new name will be or any changes Carnival has planned to the ship's layout & features. This ship is expected to arrive in Carnival's fleet by mid-2022.
The Costa Magica's general layout is very similar to the Carnival Destiny, which was converted in 2013 into the Carnival Sunshine. According to Costa's website, the Costa Magica has 3,470 guests, 1,027 crew, and is 893 feet in length.
The homeport of these ships is not announced as of the time of writing. More information is expected to come later!
For Carnival Cruise Line's press release: Click Here (link will take you to Carnival's news website away from RyG's Cruise Guide).