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Old October 11th, 2000, 06:27 PM
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I just read a Princess press release that gave the names of five new vessels debuting between 2002 - 2004. Four of them had already been mentioned on this board, but one was completely new (at least to me).

The sister to Grand and Golden will be named STAR Princess. The two new 88,000 ton ships will be named CORAL Princess & ISLAND Princess. And finally, the two new 113,000 ton ships will be named DIAMOND Princess & SAPPHIRE Princess.

Here is the actual press release: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Following the anticipated arrival next year of Golden Princess, Grand Princess’ sister ship, Princess Cruises will welcome five more new ships to its fleet by 2004, continuing its dramatic expansion efforts. Princess today announced the names of these new vessels – Star Princess, Coral Princess, Island Princess, Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess.

“The next four years represent a tremendous period of growth for Princess, where we’ll be doubling in size,” said Dean Brown, Princess’ executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. “The ships we’ll be introducing will continue to innovate the onboard experience and give our passengers the ultimate in personal choice. In naming the ships, we wanted to capture the richness and beauty of the vessels while at the same time celebrating the rebirth of some of the beloved names of past Princess ships.”

Star Princess will be the third of the company’s renowned Grand Princess-class series of ships, and is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Scheduled to debut in March 2002, Star Princess is a sister ship to the phenomenally popular Grand Princess and soon-to-be-launched Golden Princess. The name Star Princess is taken from one of the line’s former vessels which debuted in 1989, just after the company merged with Sitmar Cruises. The ship was transferred to P&O Cruises in 1997 and is currently sailing from Southampton as Arcadia.

The 88,000-ton ships being built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in France will be known as Coral Princess and Island Princess. Scheduled to debut in October 2002 and June 2003, respectively, these ships will feature an innovative power generation technology -- a combination of diesel engines and gas turbines, with the gas turbine placed in the ship’s funnel. In addition, only 10 percent of the staterooms will be inside, with 80 percent of those outside cabins featuring a private balcony – a Princess hallmark. Island Princess will carry on the name of one of the line’s original “Love Boats,” which left the fleet last year.

Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess are being constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. The two 113,000-ton ships are the largest cruise ships ever ordered by Princess, and the first to be ordered from MHI. They are due for delivery in July 2003 and May 2004, respectively, and will offer many innovative features that will further extend the Princess emphasis on choice, innovation and customer service. Also to feature diesel and gas turbine propulsion, more than 70 percent of the ships’ cabins will be outside staterooms, with more than 75 percent of these including balconies.

Each of the ships will continue to de-regiment the traditional cruise experience by providing its passengers with an opportunity to personally customize their cruise experience with numerous dining, entertainment and activity choices.

Once all vessels are delivered, Princess will have more than doubled in size to over 30,000 berths with more than 1.5 million passengers carried annually.
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