The LNG ships will improve the Princess Cruises experience for guests, says lines president Jan Swartz (Image: Princess Cruises)
Carnival Corporation has ordered two additional dual-fuel cruise ships, which will join its Princess Cruises brand in late 2023 and spring 2025.
The 175,000gt ships will accommodate around 4,300 guests and will be primarily fuelled by LNG to significantly reduce harmful emissions and environmental impact. The new ships, which will offer various onboard innovations, will be the largest by capacity in the Princess Cruises fleet.
“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,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “We look forward to collaborating with Fincantieri to bring our vision for this next-generation premium cruise ship into service.”
Both newbuilds will be constructed by Fincantieri at its yard in Monfalcone, Italy. The shipyard is also working on three new Royal-class ships for Princess Cruises – the first will be named Sky Princess when she is debuts in October 2019 and the other two will be delivered in 2020 and 2022.
“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,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “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.”
Princess Cruises’ ships are the 10th and 11th LNG-powered cruise vessels on order for Carnival Corporation – the others will be joining the company’s AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises and P&O Cruises’ fleets.
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