Key construction milestones have been met at Fincantieri for three Princess Cruises’ Royal-class cruise ships
Key construction milestones for three Princess Cruises’ Royal-class cruise ships have been met at Fincantieri.
The highlights were all met in the same day by the three ships, which are in different phases of construction.
Fincantieri said the day began with the live broadcast of the steel cutting for the sixth and last Royal-class ship, still unnamed, from the shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia Naples. The section, once completed, will be transported by sea to the yard in Monfalcone, where the ship will be completed in 2022.
Later, in Monfalcone, the keel laying of Enchanted Princess, the fifth unit of the same class to be delivered in 2020, was celebrated.
Finally, the float out of Sky Princess was celebrated. Set to join the fleet by the end of the year, the ship is the fourth unit after Royal, Regal, and Majestic, which also took to the sea from the Monfalcone yard.
The partnership between Monfalcone yard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next-generation cruise ships, contracted in July 2018. These will be the largest built so far in Italy, with a gross tonnage of 175,000 dwt, expected to be delivered in 2023 and 2025. The vessels will accommodate approximately 4,300 guests and will be the first of the shipowner’s fleet to be dual-fuel powered primarily by LNG.
Fincantieri has built 88 cruise ships from 1990 to today, 66 for Carnival Corporation, 16 for Princess Cruises, while other 55 are currently being designed or built at the Group’s yards.