Construction of the new Sphere-class ships for Princess Cruises has begun
Steel-cutting of the first of two LNG cruise ships for Princess Cruises took place at Centro Servizi Navali, a company specialising in logistics and production of sheet metal for the Fincantieri yards, located in northeast Italy. The ship will be built in the Monfalcone yard.
At 175,000 gt, the Sphere-class vessels will be the largest ships built so far in Italy. They will each accommodate 4,300 guests and will be based on a next-generation platform design, being the first Princess Cruises ships to be dual-fuel powered, primarily by LNG.
Princess Cruises operates a fleet of 14 cruise ships, carrying 2M guests each year to 380 destinations around the globe.
It is a brand within Carnival Corp, which is building LNG-powered cruise ships across its brands. Earlier this year, Carnival Corp’s Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship and its first to be powered by LNG, was delivered.
While it is Carnival Cruise Line’s first ship to be LNG fuelled, the Excel-class ship is parent company Carnival Corp’s fourth ship to be dual-fuel LNG powered.
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