Princess goes Fincantieri for the next generation
The pair of 175,000 GT newbuildings LNG propelled ordered are an all-time record in Italy
Fincantieri has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Princess Cruises for the construction of 2 next-generation 175,000 GT cruise ships which will be the largest vessels built so far in Italy, with deliveries scheduled in Monfalcone respectively in late 2023 and in spring 2025.
The vessels will accommodate 4,300 guests and will be based on a next-generation platform design, being the first Princess Cruises’ ships to be dual-fuel powered primarily by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), to significantly reduce air emissions and marine gasoil.
“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. We look forward to collaborating with Fincantieri to bring our vision for this next- generation premium cruise ship into service” said Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises, a brand of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise ship operator.
“We are proud to further extend our long-established partnership with Princess Cruises, a brand we are indeed tied to since our comeback to the cruise ship industry in 1990. After so many years, we are getting ready to enter, together, into a new era of our industry, increasingly aimed at reducing environmental impact. We do this with an all-time record project, both in terms of size and technological level” Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated.
So far Fincantieri has built 85 cruiseships since 1990 (62 from 2002), 65 of which for Carnival’s different brands, while other 49, including agreements, are in the Group’s yards portfolio.