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.
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.