Princess Cruises to Build Two Next-Generation LNG Cruise Ships
Princess Cruises have announced today it’s plans to build two next-generation LNG cruise ships with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. The two ships will be 175,000 gross tonnes and accommodate approximately 4,300 guests (lower berths), the largest by capacity in the fleet. Delivery is expected in late 2023 and spring 2025 and will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said: “This revolutionary platform for next-generation, LNG-powered cruise ships will introduce innovative design and leisure experiences driven by the future holiday and lifestyle trends of our guests – further evolving the already best-in-class Princess Cruises experience we deliver today. We look forward to collaborating with Fincantieri to bring our vision for this next-generation premium cruise ship into service.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said: “We are proud to extend our long-established partnership with Princess Cruises, a brand we have been tied to since our return to the cruise ship building industry in 1990. After so many years, we are ready to enter, together, a new era of this industry, increasingly aimed at reducing even more of our environmental impact. We proudly do this with an all-time record project, both in terms of size and technology. We believe that there are no more significant milestones than these to reaffirm our market-leading position. This builds upon the solid partnership between our country and Carnival Corporation – the largest foreign investor in Italy – while at the same time building upon our technological strength and increasing employment.”
Princess Cruises currently has three new Royal-class ships on order with Fincantieri. Sky Princess is currently under construction and scheduled for delivery in October 2019, with two more Royal-class ships planned for delivery in 2020 and 2022.
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