Following the incredible success of the Royal Princess and Regal Princess since their launches last year and this respectively; Princess Cruises have announced a new Royal Class ship to be launched in 2017.
Like its sister ships, the as-yet-unnamed third member of the Royal Class will be capable of holding more than 3,500 passengers and will be built by master builders Fincantieri in Trieste, Italy. This news comes only a couple of months after the Regal Princess first took to the waters, demonstrating Princess Cruises belief in their largest class of ships.
The two ships are currently the 6th and 7th largest cruise ships in operation in terms of maximum capacity.
As the subject of the recent ITV documentary, The Cruise Ship, the Royal Princess has received more attention than ever in the past few weeks. ITV audiences were granted a look into life aboard the ship as its journeyed through the seas during its maiden season.
Paul Ludlow, UK and Europe managing director for Princess Cruises said the company were overwhelmed by the positive response the documentary had received.
The Royal Princess, launched by the Duchess of Cambridge last year, will be spending the next few months cruising around Canada and North England before moving on to the Caribbean during the winter season whilst the Regal Princess is undertaking journeys through Mediterranean before relocating to Fort Lauderdale, USA.
Although details are yet to be released about the upcoming Princess Cruises ship, it is anticipated to play host to many of the same breath-taking features as its sister ships including Movies Under the Stars, the largest outdoor cinemas at sea.
The news means more work for Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri, who are currently completing work on the P&O Britannia, due to take to the seas in March next year. Luckily, the builders will be able to use some of the same blueprints as the two ships share the same hull design.
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