The SeaWalk on Regal Princess

Princess Cruises will soon welcome a fourth Royal-class ship to its fleet. Expected for delivery between 2019 and 2020, the new ship is one of four to be launched by Carnival Corp. & plc, as part of a new agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. Like its fleetmates Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess (scheduled to debut summer 2017), the unnamed 3,560-passenger ship will include Princess staples such as a soaring atrium, Movies Under the Stars and balconies in 80 percent of the cabins, as well as a number of “new to the line” features. The line announced this past May it would base Majestic Princess in China. Among the remaining three new ships, two will be built for Costa Asia and one will join P&O Cruises Australia’s fleet. The 135,500-ton Costa Asia ships — which will feature the line’s “Italy’s finest” experience — are a nod to the line’s commitment to China and the Asia Pacific region. The P&O Cruises Australia ship will become the sixth and largest in the fleet, launching after the 2,250-passenger Pacific Explorer. The line’s rapid growth coincides with that of Australia’s, which has seen an average annual passenger growth rate of 20 percent over the past decade. Each of the four ships will be specifically designed for its brand and passengers. “We will deliver on our fleet enhancement plan with the construction of these four new, exciting ships that are consistent with our long-term strategy of measured capacity growth over time,” Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said in a press release. “These strategic investments in new ships that wow our guests 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.”