Princess Cruises is to get two new ships within the next four years. It was expecting at least one, but Carnival Corporation has decided to allocate another of the five ships it had provisionally ordered from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.
The new Princess ships will be to the same design as Royal Princess – christened in Southampton by the Duchess of Cambridge – Regal Princess, and next year’s debutante, Majestic Princess.
Each carries 3,560 passengers, and features a dramatic SeaWalk curving from the side of the superstructure.
Carnival Corporation currently operates 100 cruise ships and has 16 scheduled for delivery by 2020. The other vessels in the latest order include two to be operated in the China market by Costa Asia, and a 4,200-passenger newbuild for P&O Australia.
Carnival’s two major UK brands, Cunard and P&O Cruises, do not have any new ships on the order book. Cunard’s most recent ship is Queen Elizabeth, which entered service in 2010. Last year, P&O gained Britannia – built on the same platform as the Princess vessels – but has this year lost capacity with the transfer of Adonia to the Fathom brand, operating in the Caribbean.