Princess to build two 4,300-passenger ships

Princess Cruises has signed a deal with Fincantieri to construct the largest ships ever built in Italy.

The two 4,300-guest, 175,000 GT ships, will be delivered in 2023 and 2025 respective. The ships will be dual powered, primarily by Liquefied Natural Gas.

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 Ocean Medallion, the most advanced wearable device available within the global hospitality industry.”

Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said: “This result proves, once again, the trust we receive from the market, which allows us to look to the future with ambition. It honours 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.”

The deal follows an initial memorandum of agreement between the two parties in July 2018.

Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted on:sam@cruise-adviser.com.

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