Princess Finalizes Contract for Two New Cruise ShipsMay 4, 2010 By: Kirk Cassels
The Ruby Princess
Princess Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc, has finalized contracts to build two 3,600-passenger ships with Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. The as-yet-unnamed ships, estimated at 141,000 tons, are scheduled to enter service in spring 2013 and spring 2014 and will be the largest in Princess' fleet.
The ships' design will keep with the themes of the line's newest vessels, but will features new innovations such as the addition of balconies to all outside cabins, bringing the percentage of balconies on the ships to 80 percent of all staterooms. The company's signature Piazza— a ship's central atrium featuring dining, entertainment and retail— will be expanded, as will the Sanctuary, spa, and restaurants. Specific amenities and design elements for the new ships will be revealed over the coming months.