Just two weeks after delivering Carnival Cruise
Lines' new 110,000-ton Carnival Glory, Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri
laid the first in a series of approximately 50 building blocks for a sister
ship, Carnival Valor. The new 2,974-passenger Carnival Valor, which is being
constructed at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard, is expected to enter
service in December 2004.
Carnival Glory arrives in Port Canaveral
, Fla., tomorrow, July 11, and will
make its maiden voyage Monday, July 14, becoming the largest "Fun Ship" ever
to operate from that port.
"With its dramatic interiors and outstanding on-board facilities and
features, Carnival Glory is a stunning expression of the 'Fun Ship' vacation
experience and a testament to Fincantieri's exceptional craftsmanship and
shipbuilding expertise. We're certain that this tradition of excellence will
continue with the launch of the new Carnival Valor," said Bob Dickinson,
Carnival president and CEO.
Today's massive cruise ships are constructed using a modular method in which
giant blocks of the hull and superstructure - some of which measure four
decks high and can weigh upwards of 600 tons - are assembled via crane piece
by piece, much like a jigsaw puzzle.
The 952-foot-long Carnival Valor will feature 22 lounges and bars, and four
restaurants, including two two-deck-high formal restaurants, a two-level
casual poolside eatery and an upscale supper club. Its 13 decks will also
house four swimming pools - one with a 214-foot-long waterslide - along with
a 13,300-square-foot health club, an on-board duty-free shopping mall, an
11-deck-high glass-covered atrium, and expansive children's and teen
The laying of Carnival Valor's first "maxi-block" represents the latest
chapter of Carnival Cruise Lines' ongoing relationship with Fincantieri,
which has delivered or is under contract for seven 100,000-plus-ton Carnival
"Fun Ships" dating back to Carnival Destiny in 1996.
The itinerary for Carnival Valor will be announced at a later date.