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Thursday, March 28, 2019  (Comments: 1)

Italy’s cruiseship builder Fincantieri has received an order to build two next-generation cruise ships for Carnival’s Princess Cruises brand. The 175,000gt leviathans will be the largest ships built in Italy to-date. Deliveries are scheduled from the shipbuilder’s Monfalcone facility in late 2023 and in spring 2025. The deal follows the initial signing of a memorandum of agreement between the two parties in July 2018.

The vessels are designed to accommodate 4,300 passengers and will the first Princess Cruises ships to be dual-fuel powered primarily by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

“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” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises President. “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”.

 Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, commented: “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”.

Considered a breakthrough in the vacation industry and recently honored with a CES 2019 Innovation Award, the OceanMedallion is leading-edge technology that delivers personalized service on a large scale through enhanced guest-crew interaction, as well as enabling interactive entertainment. Guests are currently experiencing Princess MedallionClass vacations onboard Caribbean Princess and Regal Princess. By the end of the year, MedallionClass vacations will be activated on three additional ships, Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and United Nations reported that growth in the number of people cruising between 2004 and 2014 outpaced land-based vacations by over 20 percent, and CLIA projects 30 million people will take an ocean cruise in 2019, an all-time record. These stats signal a bright future for the cruise industry, as well as for professional travel advisor partners enthusiastic for more inventory to meet the growing demands for cruising.

With five ships being built over the next six years, Princess Cruises is the fastest growing premium cruise line in the world.

Reader Comments (1)

4,300 passengers! I am of the opinion that with so many ships now having multi-thousand passengers (plus crew), that it will not be long before we have a major disaster (probably in the Antarctic). The recent Viking escapade off Norway came pretty close; fortunate it was close to land (though that may have added to one of its problems!).

By Geoff Buck on Monday, April 1, 2019

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