Princess Cruises is a big player in the cruise industry worldwide and in Australasia, and the line is just getting bigger. They announced yesterday that an agreement has been reached with prolific Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri to build two brand-new vessels for delivery in 2019 and 2020.
A ceremonial contract signing took place in the shipbuilder's Marghera yard on the 2nd of April, attended by the Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Graziano Delrio, Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono and two representatives of Carnival Corporation: the company's Chairman Micky Arison and CEO Arnold Donald. Also present at the ceremony was the CEO of Holland America Group (which includes Princess Cruises), Stein Kruse.
The two ships are set to be sizeable, at 143,700 tonnes and carrying 3560 passengers apiece. They will join the Line's Royal Class which already comprises the Royal Princess, Regal Princess and the Majestic Princess which launches next year. They will include the signature elements of this fantastic class of ship, with the soaring atrium, varied dining and entertainment options, outdoor theatre and high proportion of balconies that allow Princess to offer such an elegant and enjoyable guest experience. The ships will also continue the line's tradition of innovation - more information about the features we can expect, along with dates of completion and deployment, will be released later in the year.
Princess Cruises vice president for Australia and New Zealand, Stuart Allison, said of the news: "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 Princess Promise
Princess Cruises has made quite the name for itself in the Australasian market, and it's thanks to the line's dedication to one promise: that passengers will "Come Back New." This comprises great service, great food and intimate, elegant spaces across the fleet, and constant new opportunities for learning and entertainment.
Programs like Chocolate Journeys, Kindle Love Stories and many more "Come Back New" initiatives add a little extra to a cruising holiday. They have also upped the stakes recently when it comes to cruise itineraries from Australia and New Zealand, offering some fantastic winter cruises heading off to exotic destinations around the world.
Will the new ships head down to our corner of the globe? We won't know that for a while - but in the meantime, there's plenty of Princess goodness to go around! Take a look at our Princess cruises and you too could come back new!