Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Princess Cruises adds a third Royal-class ship to its fleet

Princess Cruises is to add a third Royal-class vessel to its fleet. The 143,000 ton ship will be built by Fincantieri and is expected to be delivered in 2017. 

The as-yet unnamed vessel, which will be built at an all-in cost of approximately €600 million, will carry 3,560 passengers, and feature the successful design platform introduced by sister ships Royal Princess in 2013 and Regal Princess which entered service this May.

The new ship will include the signature elements that have become synonymous with the Princess Cruises guest experience such as a central atrium hub with multiple dining, entertainment and retail venues; the adults-only Sanctuary; Movies Under the Stars cinema experience, and 80 per cent of all staterooms with balconies.  The ship will also include some brand-new innovations to enhance the guest experience even further.

“We are incredibly excited to add this fabulous new ship to our already formidable fleet,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.  “Royal Princess and Regal Princess have been exceptionally successful for us and have received numerous accolades from guests, travel agents and media, so adding another sister ship will enable us to continue to expand our innovative vacation experiences.  We’re very pleased that this new ship order is an indication of the confidence that our parent Carnival Corporation has in the future of the Princess brand.” 

She added that this is the only new order parent company Carnival Corporation anticipates for 2017.  Specific features and amenities for the ship, along with deployment details, will be revealed in the coming months.

P&O's Britannia, launching next March, is built on the same hull design but will have significantly different interiors.

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