Princess Cruises has signed an agreement with Fincantieri shipyard in Italy for two new cruise ships, to be completed in 2019 and 2020. The finalization of the contract follows the announcement last year that Carnival Corporation and Fincantieri had signed a memorandum for five new ships, including the Princess Cruises builds.
The contract was signed April 2 during a ceremony at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera. Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said “We are incredibly proud and excited to add two new ships to our already formidable fleet. With this new ship commitment, Princess Cruises will continue to grow and expand globally as the world’s destination leader in premium cruising.”
The ships will be approximately 143,000 tons and hold 3,560 passengers. They’ll be the cruise line’s fourth and fifth Royal-class vessels, featuring the design platform used on Royal, Regal, and the upcoming Majestic Princess.
The new ships will include signature Princess elements, such as the big central atrium, multiple dining and entertainment venues, an outdoor theater experience, and 80 percent of all staterooms with balconies. More features, amenities, and deployment details for the new ships will be revealed in the days to come.