Two New Ships on Tap for Princess

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Princess Cruises has signed a memorandum of understanding with shipbuilder Fincantieri for two new, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered cruise ships slated for delivery in late 2023 and spring 2025. The new ships represent Princess Cruises parent company Carnival Corporation’s 10th and 11th contracted LNG-based vessels, which the company had announced previously as part an ongoing fleet enhancement strategy.

The new ships will be the first dual-powered vessels for the Princess Cruises brand. They will primarily be powered by LNG, a fossil fuel that burns cleaner than other types, as well as marine gasoil. Both ships will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The new ships will have a capacity of approximately 4,300 guests (lower berths). Further design details are set to be announced in the future, Princess said.

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In addition to the two ships announced today, Princess has three new Royal-class ships on order with Fincantieri, including its next new ship, Sky Princess, which is currently under construction and scheduled for delivery in October 2019. The two other Royal-class ships are planned for delivery in 2020 and 2022.

All told Carnival Corp. has 20 new ships under contract and scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2025.

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