Princess Cruises has announced that final contracts have been signed with Fincantieri for the construction of two next-generation 175,000-ton cruise ships.
The new ships will be the largest ever constructed in Italy and deliveries are scheduled for late 2023 and spring 2025. The vessels will each accommodate approximately 4,300 guests, and will be the first Princess Cruises ships to be dual-fuel powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). LNG is the world’s cleanest fossil fuel and will significantly reduce air emissions.
“Princess Cruises continues to grow globally – adding new ships to our fleet built by our long-time trusted ship building partner, Fincantieri, who brings decades of expertise to these next-generation cruise ships,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president in a press statement. “Even more exciting is that these two ships are being designed to include our MedallionClass platform, powered by OceanMedallion, the most advanced wearable device available within the global hospitality industry.”
OceanMedallion is a leading technology that delivers personal service through enhanced guest-crew interaction as well as enabling interactive entertainment. The medallion is the size of a quarter and functions as a stateroom key, as well as delivering wi-fi connectivity and allowing user to order drinks from their device and be found by crew members wherever they are on the ship.
The news follows the initial signing of a memorandum of agreement between Princess Cruises and Fincantieri in July 2018. Princess Cruises is the fastest growing international premium cruise line in the world with five new ships being built over the next six years.