Global leisure travel company Carnival has entered into a memorandum of agreement with German and Finnish shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku to build three more liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ships.

Meyer Turku will build two of the new LNG-powered ships at its shipyard in Turku, Finland.

Deliveries of the ships are expected in 2020 and 2022, following which they will be used by Carnival Cruise Line.

"We are proud to be at the forefront of introducing LNG-powered ships to the cruise industry."

Meyer Werft will build the third ship, to be used by P&O Cruises UK, at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, with delivery expected in 2020.

Once completed, these LNG-powered ships will help Carnival reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment and enable the company to meet sustainability goals.

The latest shipbuilding deals are subject to several conditions, including satisfactory financing.

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Carnival CEO Arnold Donald said: “We are proud to be at the forefront of introducing LNG-powered ships to the cruise industry, working with our partners to achieve shipbuilding breakthroughs like this that will help us produce the most efficient and sustainable ships we have ever built.

"This is also an important step in our fleet enhancement plan that enables us to execute on our long-term strategy of measured capacity growth over time, while delivering innovative new ships that further elevate our already great guest experience.

“Every time we launch a new ship, we have a new opportunity to create excitement and show consumers why cruising is a great vacation at an exceptional value, especially for those who typically consider land-based vacations."

So far, the company has placed an order to build a total of seven LNG-powered cruise ships, across four of its ten global cruise brands.

The first of these ships is scheduled to be in service for Carnival’s AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises in 2019.

This year, under the company’s fleet enhancement plan, Carnival has already taken delivery of three new ships for its AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, and Holland America Line brands.