Carnival Corporation's Princess Cruises has announced a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build two new cruise ships on a next-generation platform designed to further enhance an already world-class vacation experience for its guests. The new builds are slated to be delivered in late 2023 and spring 2025, respectively.
The new vessels will be Princess Cruises’ first ships to be dual-fuel powered - primarily by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the marine industry’s most environmentally friendly advanced fuel technology and the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, which will significantly reduce air emissions and marine gasoil (MGO). The new ships, which will be the largest by capacity in the Princess Cruises fleet, will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
“This revolutionary platform for next-generation, LNG-powered cruise ships will introduce innovative design and leisure experiences driven by the future vacation and lifestyle trends of our guests – further evolving the already best-in-class Princess Cruises experience we deliver today,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.
The two ships will be 175,000 gross tons and will accommodate approximately 4,300 guests (lower berths). Specification details for the ship design, along with anticipated features and amenities of this all-new platform design for Princess Cruises, will be shared in the future.
Added Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri: “We are proud to extend our long-established partnership with Princess Cruises... 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. This builds upon the solid partnership between our country and Carnival Corporation - the largest foreign investor in Italy.”
In addition to this news, Princess Cruises has three new Royal-class ships on order with Fincantieri, including its next new ship, Sky Princess, which is currently under construction and scheduled for delivery in October 2019. The two other Royal-class ships are planned for delivery in 2020 and 2022.
The agreement for Princess Cruises’ next-generation cruise ships represent Carnival Corporation’s 10th and 11th contracted LNG-based vessels and are part of the company’s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy, aimed at creating excitement in the vacation market while accelerating demand for cruising Carnival Corporation currently has 20 new ships under contract and scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2025.
In other Princess Cruises news, the Majestic Princess crew marked their 100th voyage milestone in spectacular fashion today aboard Princess Cruises’ flagship in Shanghai, China. Over 300 crew took to the top deck to celebrate ahead of the ship’s roundtrip voyage to Japan.
Today also marks only 52 days until Majestic Princess arrives in Australia to commence her inaugural Summer Cruise Season on September 15. At 330 metres long, she will be the largest Princess Cruises’ ship ever to visit local shores and will be home to the largest retail shopping space at sea, with more than 1000 square metres of luxury brands including Bvlgari, Burberry, Cartier, Fendi and many more.
During her inaugural Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail on 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.
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