Princess Cruises and Fincantieri have signed the final contracts for two new next-generation cruise ships, which were first announced this past July. Billed as the largest ships ever built in Italy, the first ship will be delivered in Monfalcone in late 2023, followed by the second in spring 2025.
The two new ships will each have a capacity of approximately 4,300 guests, and they will be based on a next-generation design which, Princess says, will make them the first ships for the brand to be duel-fuel powered by cleaner-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG).
In a written statement Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz noted that the new ships will be designed to include the brand’s MedallionClass platform, which uses the OceanMedallion wearable device to deliver a number of personalized vacation experiences to guests.
Recently honored with a CES 2019 Innovation Award, the OceanMedallion allows guests to take advantage of features such as enhanced interaction with the crew, interactive entertainment, and more. The technology is currently available onboard the Caribbean Princess and Regal Princess, with plans to roll it out on the Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess by the end of this year.
All told, Princess Cruises has five new cruise ships set to launch over the next six years. Next up is the Royal-class Sky Princess, which is scheduled for delivery from Fincantieri this October, followed by two more Royal-class ships slated for delivery in 2020 and 2022.