Princess: Two New 175,000 Ton Ships

We don’t know what these 175,000 gt ships will look like, yet!

Princess Cruises has announced a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to build two new cruise ships on a next-generation platform designed. The new builds are slated to be delivered in late 2023 and spring 2025, respectively.

The new vessels will be Princess Cruises’ first ships to be dual-fuel powered — primarily by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the marine industry’s most environmentally friendly advanced fuel technology and the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, which will significantly reduce air emissions and marine gasoil (MGO). The new ships, which will be the largest by capacity in the Princess Cruises fleet, will be built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

“This revolutionary platform for next-generation, LNG-powered cruise ships will introduce innovative design and leisure experiences driven by the future vacation and lifestyle trends of our guests – further evolving the already best-in-class Princess Cruises experience we deliver today,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “We look forward to collaborating with Fincantieri to bring our vision for this next- generation premium cruise ship into service,” added Swartz.

The two ships will be 175,000 gross tons and will accommodate approximately 4,300 guests (lower berths). Specification details for the ship design, along with anticipated features and amenities of this all-new platform design for Princess Cruises, will be shared in the future.

Added Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri: “We are proud to extend our long-established partnership with Princess Cruises, a brand we have been tied to since our return to the cruise ship building industry in 1990. After so many years, we are ready to enter, together, a new era of this industry, increasingly aimed at reducing even more of our environmental impact. We proudly do this with an all-time record project, both in terms of size and technology. We believe that there are no more significant milestones than these to reaffirm our market-leading position. This builds upon the solid partnership between our country and Carnival Corporation — the largest foreign investor in Italy – while at the same time building upon our technological strength and increasing employment.”

In addition to today’s news, Princess Cruises 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.

The agreement for Princess Cruises’ next-generation cruise ships represent Carnival Corporation’s 10th and 11th contracted LNG-based vessels and are part of the company’s ongoing fleet enhancement strategy, aimed at creating excitement in the vacation market while accelerating demand for cruising, the fastest growing segment in the vacation industry. Carnival Corporation currently has 20 new ships under contract and scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2025.

(Princess)

Malcolm says: When I first stated cruising, some twenty years ago, 70,000 gt was a mega-ship. Today, many are twice as big or more. It will not be long before the standard size for a cruise ship will be a massive 200,000 gt. There are some already in the order books (Msc World class and Genting Global class).  By comparison ‘Majestic Princess’, the newest Princess ship (2017) is a mere 141,000 tons.

This new Princess design may well be a different ‘platform’ to Carnival’s ‘Helios’ class (Around 185,000 gt) which AIDA, Costa, P&O and Carnival will get new ships from.

In the next twenty years,  small and medium sized cruise ships are likely to become increasingly rare.

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10 Responses to “Princess: Two New 175,000 Ton Ships”

  1. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Hi Tom, have you seen any renderings yet?

  2. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Yes Jo, when they sell a ship they often ensure that it goes to a market that will not compete with the original cruise line.

  3. Jo Walker Says:

    Yes, the Olsen family admitted that they were having difficulties sourcing small ships to add to their fleets- that’s why some of us thought Oriana would be going there, but no, she’s off to China. It could be that Carnival thought some Oriana fans would drop P&O for FredO…

  4. Edwin Todd Says:

    John S, we too will not cruise on LNG powered ships. The thought of all that presurised highly flammable material in close proximity does not bear thinking about.

  5. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Hi Tom, have you seen a rendering?

  6. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Hi John, why? (I can guess!)

  7. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    Yes even the likes of Olsen and CMV are slowly buying slightly bigger ships – I guess they have no choice!

  8. Tom Burke Says:

    Interestingly, this looks different from the class of which Iona will be a member (and which will also be LPG based).

  9. Edwin Todd Says:

    It won’t be too long before the smaller cruise lines will not have older smaller cruise ships to fall back on as fleet replacements.

  10. John S. Says:

    I will not cruise on LNG powered ships.

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