Princess Cruises and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have completed contracts for the two next-generation cruise ships, they will be the largest ships ever built in Italy.
Two New Mega Ships Coming to Princess Cruises
The final contracts have been signed for two 175,000 gross ton mega ships to be built for Princess Cruises. They will be the largest ships ever built in Italy by the popular shipbuilding company Fincantieri.
The deliveries of each ship will take place in late 2023 and Spring 2025. We first posted about the order back in 2018 but now both companies have come to a final agreement and they can move ahead into development.
Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises President, said:
“Princess Cruises continues to grow globally — adding new ships to our fleet built by our long-time trusted ship building partner, Fincantieri, who brings decades of expertise to these next-generation cruise ships.”
“Even more exciting is that these two ships are being designed to include our MedallionClass platform, powered by OceanMedallion, the most advanced wearable device available within the global hospitality industry.”
Each ship will have a guest capacity of 4,300 and be primarily powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). They will be the first ships in the fleet using the environmentally friendly advanced fuel technology.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, commented on the announcement:
“This result proves, once again, the trust we receive from the market, which allows us to look to the future with ambition. It honors our great work focused on innovation thanks to which we have been able to offer to the client a record-breaking proposal not only in terms of size.
Besides we firmly believe that a new class of Princess Cruises’ ships, one of Carnival Group’s top brands, can stem from this promising project. In fact, for Princess Cruises, we have received orders for 21 ships, another unprecedented result in this industry.”
At the moment Princess Cruises has a total of five vessels on order with two of them under construction and including the two ships in today’s announcement. Sky Princess is in the final stages of construction and will be the fourth Royal class ship arriving this year. Enchanted Princess will be the fifth Royal class ship and will join the fleet in 2020. The final yet to be named sixth Royal class vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 2022. The royal class ships are currently the largest in the fleet at 143,700 gross tons.
Further specific details about the first new generation ship will be revealed in the future including the first renderings of what they she look like, itineraries and onboard features. Keep checking Cruise Hive for all the latest.