Enchanted Princess will be christened at the Port of Southampton in the UK in June 2020 (Image: Princess Cruises)
Fincantieri has floated Princess Cruises’ new Enchanted Princess out of the building dock at its yard in Monfalcone, Italy.
Long-term Fincantieri employee Marinella Cossu acted as godmother during the traditional float-out ceremony, watching alongside Princess Cruises’ director of newbuild services Firouz Mal and Monfalcone shipyard director Roberto Olivari as the 145,000gt ship touched water for the first time.
Enchanted Princess will now remain at the yard for interior outfitting. She will then undergo sea trials ahead of her delivery, which is scheduled for 2020.
Once afloat, she will join sister ships Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and the upcoming Sky Princess (to debut this October) in the Royal Class. All were built at the Monfalcone yard,
“Like its sister ships, the vessel will represent a new technological benchmark in Europe and worldwide for its innovative layout, outstanding performances and the top quality of its state-of-the-art marine technology,” said Fincantieri in a press release. “It will be the best proof that innovation and customer care are fundamental levers in showcasing market leadership and will further consolidate Fincantieri’s long-time partnership with Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise ship operator and leisure travel company.”
Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard will also build Princess Cruises’ first two LNG-powered ships, which will be delivered at the end of 2023 and in spring 2025. The 175,000gt vessels will be the largest-ever cruise ships to be built in Italy and will accommodate around 4,300 guests each.
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