A new “Princess” will join Miami, Florida-based Carnival Corporation & plc’s cruise vessel lineup as the travel and leisure business recently announced its contract to build four ships with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A.
Two of the vessels will function for the company’s Costa Asia division in China; a third is designated for P&O Cruises Australia, and the fourth will serve with Carnival’s existing Royal Princess line. Each liner will be customized to its particular brand and echelon of guests.
"These ships will be great additions to our fleet and will exceed guest expectations and create great vacation memories for each guest onboard our ships,” Carnival’s CEO Arnold Donald said. “These strategic investments are an important part of our measured growth strategy, which includes replacing less efficient ships with newer, larger and more efficient vessels over a very specific period of time."
With the company’s signature design including a central atrium plus a plethora of dining and entertainment choices, the planned 143,700-ton Princess model will be designed to carry 3,560 passengers, while the Costa Asia and Australia crafts will weigh in at 135,500 tons and carry 4,200 travelers each. The new order will enhance both P&O Cruises Australia’s and Costa Asia's respective regional presences.
Fincantieri, among the world’s largest cruise ship builders, is slated to construct all vessels at its shipyards in Monfalcone and Marghera, Italy, by 2019 and 2020.
"The signing of this agreement happens during a real and beyond all expectations boom of the cruise sector," Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said. "This announcement confirms — once again — the effectiveness of our strategy. With these projects we ensure continuity and development for our company, and we also further strengthen our already consolidated partnership with the Carnival group."