Carnival Corporation has announced that contracts have been finalized for two 3,600-passenger ships for Princess Cruises. The newbuilds, the largest ships in Princess’ fleet, will debut in spring 2013 and 2014 and will cost around $725 million each. Princess last debuted a new ship — the 3,080-passenger Ruby Princess — in 2008.
The ships will continue with the general design of the line’s recent vessels, but all outside cabins (80 percent of the staterooms) will have balconies. Princess’ central piazza will be expanded, as will the adults-only lounging area, The Sanctuary, the spa and the restaurants.
“We’re pleased that in this challenging economic environment, the order for these new ships is a testament to the confidence in the growth potential of the Princess brand,” said Alan Buckelew, Princess president and CEO. “These new ships will include the features from our newest ships that have been so well received and take them to the next level.”