Princess Cruises has placed an order for its largest cruise ships, the first to be primary powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), slated to be delivered in late 2023 and spring 2025 respectively.
Being dual-fuel powered mainly by LNG, the ships are expected to significantly reduce air emissions and marine gasoil.
To be built at the Italain shipyard Fincantier in Monfalcone, the two 175,000 gross ton ships will be able to accommodate approximately 4,300 guests (lower berths). Specification details for the ship design, along with anticipated features and amenities of this new platform design for Princess Cruises, will be shared in the future.
“After so many years (of partnering Princess Cruises) we are ready to enter a new era of this industry, increasingly aimed at reducing even more of our environmental impact,” commented Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, referring to the “all-time record project, both in terms of size and technology”.
In addition to the two ships, 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.