The revelation follows the formation of what a statement describes as “strategic partnerships” with Italian shipbuilding conglomerate Fincantieri and German compatriot Meyer Werft.

Carnival, which is headquartered in Miami, said the former will develop and construct five units at facilities in the cities of Monfalcone and Marghera.

The German shipbuilder will tackle the other four at shipyards located in Turku and Papenburg, the owner added in the announcement.