A new 3,560-passenger ship will be a sister ship to the Regal Princess, which set sail in 2014. // © 2016 Princess Cruises
Feature image (above): The new ship, launching in 2019, will have a SeaWalk, a signature feature for the cruise line. // © 2016 Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises, which introduced Royal Princess in 2013, Regal Princess in 2014 and will launch Majestic Princess next year for the Chinese market, has confirmed another new sistership ordered from the Fincantieri shipyard for this class of ships. This vessel will enter service in late 2019.
The name has not yet been announced for the 3,560-passenger ship, which will bring the Princess fleet up to 20 vessels. Although new elements will be announced later, many features unique to this class will be included, such as SeaWalk and Chef’s Table Lumiere, as well as Princess signatures such as Movies Under the Stars, The Sanctuary on the top deck and 80 percent of staterooms with balconies.
Princess’ new order is part of a memo of agreement with Fincantieri to build four vessels for Carnival Corporation & plc, which has 17 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2020. Two of the four vessels are for Costa Asia for deployment in China, and one is for P&O Cruises. Carnival Corporation entered into a strategic partnership with Fincantieri last March, and the four ships have been developed in conjunction with this.
“We will deliver on our fleet-enhancement plan with the construction of these four new, exciting ships that are consistent with our long-term strategy of measured capacity growth over time,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc. “These strategic investments in new ships that wow our guests are an important part of our measured growth strategy, which includes replacing less efficient ships with newer, larger and more efficient vessels over a very specific period of time.”