Princess firms order for pair of 175,000gt cruise ships at Fincantieri

The 175,000gt ships will be larger than Princess Cruises' current Royal-class series, pictured here The 175,000gt ships will be larger than Princess Cruises' current Royal-class series, pictured here

Princess Cruises and Fincantieri inked the final contracts for the construction of two LNG-powered ships. Deliveries for the 175,000gt vessels, largest to be built in Italy, are scheduled in late 2023 and spring 2025 from the Monfalcone yard.

This follows a memorandum of agreement signed in July 2018.

Each ship will have double-occupancy capacity for approximately 4,300 passengers.

The next-generation design features a dual-fuel system, primarily powered by LNG.

Step up in size

The ships will outsize the current Royal class, at 143,700gt with 3,660 lower berths. The latest of those ships, Sky Princess, is scheduled for delivery this October.

'Princess Cruises continues to grow globally—adding new ships to our fleet built by our longtime, trusted ship building partner, Fincantieri, which brings decades of expertise to these next-generation cruise ships,' Princess president Jan Swartz said.

MedallionClass platform

She added the newbuilds will have the line's MedallionClass platform, powered by the OceanMedallion wearable device.

Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said the order represents a 'record-breaking proposal, not only in terms of size,' and underscores the trust the market holds in the shipbuilder.

Fincantieri, he noted, has built or is building 21 ships for Princess.

Posted 27 March 2019

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