The steel cutting ceremony for the first of two LNG cruise ships for Princess Cruises, took place last week. The steel was cut in San Giorgio di Nogaro (Udine) at Centro Servizi Navali, which is contracted for production of sheet metal for the Fincantieri yards located in Italy. The ship will be built in the Monfalcone yard.
At 175,000 gross tons the Sphere class vessels will be the largest ships built so far in Italy. They will each accommodate approximately 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 which will significantly reduce CO2 emissions and marine gasoil usage.
The order for the new ships was first announced in July 2018 and confirmed in March 2019.