The floating out of ‘Sun Princess’, the first of two LNG-fuelled cruise ships for Princess Cruises, took place at the Fincantieri yard in Monfalcone, Italy.
At 175,500gt Sun Princess is the largest ship built so far in Italy, as well as the first LNG cruise ship built by Fincantieri, and the first dual-fuel vessel powered primarily by LNG to enter the Princess fleet. LNG is considered the marine industry’s most environmentally friendly currently-available advanced fuel technology and the cleanest fossil fuel, which will significantly reduce air emissions and marine gasoil usage.
Sun Princess will be delivered in early 2024 and starts the Sphere class, which includes a sister ship to be delivered in 2025. They will each accommodate approximately 4,300 guests and are based on a next-generation platform design.
Princess Cruises operates a fleet of 15 modern cruise ships, sailing to 380 destinations worldwide.