Princess Cruises Orders Two Ships from Fincantieri
Princess Cruises has ordered two 175,000-ton cruise ships from Fincantieri. The ships will be the largest ships ever built in Italy, with deliveries scheduled in Monfalcone in late 2023 and in spring 2025.
The vessels will each accommodate approximately 4,300 passengers and will be the line's first ships to have dual-fuel engines and be powered primarily by LNG.
The ships will be designed to include the line's MedallionClass platform, powered by their wearable device OceanMedallion, a technology that delivers personalized service and interactive entertainment. It is currently available on Caribbean Princess and Regal Princess. By the end of the year, it will be activated on three additional ships, Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess.
Princess Cruises has five ships being built over the next six years.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) reported that growth in the number of people cruising between 2004 and 2014 outpaced land-based vacations by over 20 percent, and CLIA projects 30 million people will take an ocean cruise in 2019, an all-time record.