The new Princess ship will be a sister to the ROYAL and REGAL PRINCESS, the latter shown during floating out at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard near Trieste in 2013.
Princess Cruises and Italian shipbuilding entity Fincantieri have announced today that they have agreed to a third ROYAL PRINCESS class vessel. The new ship, due in 2017, promises to feature some new amenities that will distinguish it from the current ROYAL PRINCESS (delivered in 2013) and REGAL PRINCESS (delivered this past May). More details will be released in the coming months.
The new ship will cost approximately 600 million Euros, will carry 3,560 guests and will enter service in 2017.
“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. We’re very pleased that this new ship order is an indication of the confidence that our parent Carnival Corporation has in the future of the Princess brand.” She added that this is the only new order Carnival Corporation & plc anticipates for 2017.
Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri Chief Executive Officer, commented: “All the orders we win are important for our Group, but some are more special than others. The one we’re announcing today certainly belongs to this select category. In fact, it’s no coincidence that Fincantieri is the universally recognized leader among the builders of cruise ships. It’s a source of great pride to be able to immediately build another ship for a prestigious brand like Princess Cruises following the successful deliveries of two jewels like “ROYAL” and “REGAL,” which have already become part of maritime history.” Bono ended by saying, “Our objective has always been to build ships of the future, and thanks to the Carnival Group, the leading market player, which has reconfirmed its well-founded confidence in us, we have proven over time not only to have kept faith with this ambitious goal but also to have been able to consolidate our world leadership in a sector of absolute technological excellence, like cruise ships.”
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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