Princess Cruises to Build Two Next Generation Cruise Ships Powered by LNG
Princess Cruises announced a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to build two new cruise ships on a next-generation design platform. The new builds are slated to be delivered in late 2023 and spring 2025, respectively.
The new vessels will be Princess Cruises’ first ships to be dual-fueled—primarily by LNG, the marine industry’s most environmentally friendly advanced fuel, which will significantly reduce air emissions and use of marine gasoil (MGO). The new ships, which will be the largest by capacity in the Princess Cruises fleet, will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
“This revolutionary platform for next-generation, LNG-powered cruise ships will introduce innovative design and leisure experiences driven by the future vacation and lifestyle trends of our guests – further evolving the already best-in-class Princess Cruises experience we deliver today,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.
The two ships will be 175,000 gross tons and will accommodate approximately 4,300 guests (lower berths).
The agreement for Princess Cruises’ next-generation cruise ships represent Carnival Corporation’s 10th and 11th contracted LNG-based vessels and are part of the company’s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy