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Princess Finalizes Contracts for 2 New Ships.

Discussion in 'Princess Cruises' started by The Cruiser, May 4, 2010.

  1. The Cruiser

    The Cruiser Well-Known Member

    CARNIVAL CORPORATION & PLC FINALIZES CONTRACTS FOR TWO NEW CRUISE SHIPS FOR ITS PRINCESS CRUISES BRAND
    VESSELS TO ENTER SERVICE IN 2013 AND 2014

    MIAMI (May 4, 2010) -- Princess Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), today announced that contracts to build two 3,600-passenger ships have been finalized with Italy's Fincantieri shipyard.


    The new ships -- which each will have an all-in cost of approximately 155,000 euros per lower berth -- are scheduled to enter service in spring 2013 and spring 2014. At an estimated 141,000 tons, the as-yet-unnamed ships will be the largest in the Princess Cruises fleet.
    The ships' design will be evolutionary, in keeping with the themes of the line's newest vessels, but with some new features and innovations. For example, all outside cabins will feature balconies, bringing the percentage of balconies on the ships to 80 percent of all staterooms.
    The company's signature Piazza -- the ship's central atrium featuring dining, entertainment and retail -- will be expanded, as will the popular Sanctuary, spa, and restaurants.


    "We're pleased that in this challenging economic environment, the order for these new ships is a testament to the confidence in the growth potential of the Princess brand," said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises. "These new ships will include the features from our newest ships that have been so well received, and take them to the next level," he added.


    Giuseppe Bono, chief executive officer of Fincantieri, said, "We are grateful to the Carnival Group for this further vote of confidence in Fincantieri. We are proud to have met the requirements of Princess Cruises, one of Carnival's most prestigious brands, with an innovative design both from a technical and architectural point of view."


    Bono continued, "This is a highly important order for us, especially as it comes in a period of economic crisis. We succeeded in securing these orders with assistance and support of the Italian export credit companies, in particular SACE S.p.A."


    Specific amenities and design elements for the new ships will be revealed over the coming months.

    Source:

    http://www.princess.com/news/article.jsp?newsArticleId=na1097
     
  2. Einstein

    Einstein Well-Known Member

    TWO New Princess ships is a GOOD Thing. I would bet that due to the size they will take over the Eastern & Western Caribbean itineraries. :whistle: Thanx for the Info Share TC. :doubleup:
     
  3. CruiseAholic

    CruiseAholic Well-Known Member

    Just really wish they weren't such huge ships....
     
  4. S&M in Pgh

    S&M in Pgh Well-Known Member

    You are right E, 2 new ships is a good thing, I just wish they were in the Dawn or Coral size ships, not the bigger than the Emerald.

    Mike
     
  5. Jeanie

    Jeanie Well-Known Member

    Yes - is is a good thing - Princess choices is starting to get dull
     

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