Fincantieri floats out Enchanted Princess at yard in Italy

Fincantieri floats out Enchanted Princess at yard in Italy
Princess Cruises’ executive vice president of guest experience and product development Rai Caluori and Tony Roberts with Doris Ho (Image: Princess Cruises)

Princess Cruises’ new Enchanted Princess has moved a step closer to completion after floating out of the building dock at Fincantieri’s yard in Monfalcone, Italy on 17 September.

Representatives from both Fincantieri and Princess Cruises watched as the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess touched water for the first time during a traditional float-out ceremony. In keeping with maritime tradition, a madrina blessed the ship and started the flow of water into the dock. The madrina was Doris Ho, president and CEO of Philippines-based human resources company Magsaysay group, which and recruits and trains crew members for Princess Cruises’ ships.

Fincantieri will now carry out interior outfitting before delivering the ship ahead of her christening at the Port of Southampton in England in June 2020. The vessel will be making the first Princess Cruises ship to be named in the UK since Royal Princess was inaugurated by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge in 2013.

“We’re delighted to see another significant stage of Enchanted Princess’ construction successfully completed,” said Tony Roberts, vice president of UK and Europe for Princess Cruises. “The countdown to her launch in Southampton next year continues and we’re eagerly anticipating the final development of this stunning ship over the next few months.”

Once afloat, Enchanted Princess 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. The vessel will offer multiple innovations, including two Sky Suites, a first-of-its-kind escape room, more than 25 dining venues, new entertainment venues, a redesigned Sanctuary area, and much more.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Thursday, September 19, 2019