Posted by: cruise2 | 17 May, 2010

New Princess Ships

by Mark Tre’ – "The Cruise Examiner


Royal Princess and Regal Princess?
Two weeks ago to-morrow, Carnival Corp & PLC’s Princess Cruises placed a firm order with Italy’s Fincantieri for its two prototype ships, as yet unnamed, to be delivered in 2013 and 2014. One source, however, has speculated on Royal Princess and Regal Princess as possible names to be chosen. The first Royal Princess was a trend-setter as the first ship to have so many balconies and the second is about to be transferred to affiliate P&O, while Regal Princess was one of the Renzo Piano-designed pair that were originally ordered by Sitmar but delivered to Princess, and has sailed as Pacific Dawn for P&O Australia since 2007.

At 141,000 gross tons, the new Princess flagships will accommodate a maximum of 3,600 passengers and will be the largest cruise ships ever built by Fincantieri. Built to a prototype design, many of the best concepts will come from Ruby Princess, the last ship to completed for Princess by Fincantieri in 2008. It will thus be a gap of five years between new ships for Princess.

Further design details have not yet been made public but it will evidently include a number of successful touches from previous Fincantieri vessels and also some firsts. For instance, all outside cabins will feature private balconies, which will account for 80% of the accommodation. Public rooms will apparently also be enlarged compared to previous Princess ships and will incorporate a somewhat more luxurious décor than in the past.

Princess Cruises now operates seventeen ships, and the two new ships will be the largest in any Carnival fleet, with the sole exception of the 148,528-ton RMS Queen Mary 2. Fincantieri has built 53 cruise ships since the 1990s, of which 49 were for Carnival brands. A further twelve, including the two Princess ships, will follow by 2014.


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