Princess Cruises to add new £476m cruise ship to fleet in 2017
First it was Royal ... then it was Regal ... now Princess Cruises will be making it triplets with a new ship in 2017.
Princess, one of the Carnival Corporation stable of cruise lines,has reached an agreement with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the 143,000-ton new build, which will cost about £476m and carry 3,560 passengers.
The new ship will be a sister to Royal Princess, launched in 2013
The new ship will include the signature elements that have become synonymous with the Princess Cruises guest experience such as
The ship will also include some brand-new innovations to enhance the guest experience even further.
“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.”
Specific features and amenities for the ship, along with deployment details, will be revealed in the coming months.
Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri Chief Executive Officer, said: “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.”
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