Thursday, July 31, 2014

Princess Cruises to Introduce Third Royal-Class Ship in 2017

Three's a charm and Princess Cruises has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build a third Royal-class ship, which will enter service in 2017. The as-yet unnamed 143,000-ton vessel will carry 3,560 passengers and feature the successful design platform introduced by sister ships Royal Princess in 2013 and Regal Princess, which entered service this past May.

The new ship will include the signature elements that have become synonymous with the Princess Cruises guest experience such as a soaring central atrium hub with multiple dining, entertainment, and retail venues; the adults-only Sanctuary; Movies Under the Stars cinema experience, and 80 percent of all staterooms with balconies. The ship will also include some brand-new innovations to enhance the guest experience even further.

"We are incredibly excited to add this fabulous new ship to our already formidable fleet," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. "Royal Princess and Regal Princess have been exceptionally successful for us and have received numerous accolades from guests, travel agents, and media, so adding another sister ship will enable us to continue to expand our innovative vacation experiences. We're very pleased that this new ship order is an indication of the confidence that our parent Carnival Corporation has in the future of the Princess brand." She added that this is the only new order Carnival Corporation anticipates for 2017.

Specific features and amenities for the ship, along with deployment details, will be revealed in the coming months.

Royal Princess Image Courtesy of Princess Cruises

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