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Princess Cruises has announced an order for an unnamed 3,560-passenger ship for delivery in 2017. The vessel will be the sole order from Carnival Corp. brands for that year, though the group has been averaging two or three ship orders annually.
Robin Farley, an analyst at financial firm UBS, noted that Carnival Cruise Lines’s (CCL) order is presently just the third ship planned for delivery in that year, after Norwegian Bliss and MSC’s Seaside Class ship order. No additional orders for 2017 are expected, as they would have to be announced by fall this year.
Princess’ 2017 order will follow the design platform introduced by sister ships Royal Princess, which launched in 2013, and Regal Princess, which entered service this May with added innovations. The 2017 Princess ship will have a central atrium hub and multiple dining, entertainment and retail venues, and 80 percent of staterooms will have balconies.
A number of new ships are set to debut in 2016, including CCL’s Vista, a new Seabourn ship, as well as a new Holland America Line ship and an AIDA Cruises ship, all destined for the Carnival group. Also expected that year is a Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ ship, two MSC Cruises’ ships, two Royal Caribbean International vessels, a Tui Cruises ship and a Viking Ocean newbuild.
“We are incredibly excited to add this fabulous new ship to our already formidable fleet,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “Royal Princess and Regal Princess have been exceptionally successful for us and have received numerous accolades from guests, travel agents and media, so adding another sister ship will enable us to continue to expand our innovative vacation experiences.”