On 14 February 2019, Princess Cruises and the shipyard Fincantieri celebrated three construction milestones for the cruise lines next three Royal-Class cruise ships, each at a different stage in their construction.
The ceremony was held at the Monfalcone shipyard in Italy. Present at the event was Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises & Carnival Australia Group President and Luigi Matarazzo, Senior Executive Vice President of the Merchant Ships Business Unit, Fincantieri.
The first celebration was the steel cutting for the cruise line’s sixth Royal-Class ship, still yet to be named, which took place at the shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Naples and was broadcast live. The section of the ship will be transported to the Monfalcone shipyard by sea, where the ship will be completed in 2022.
The second, was the keel laying for the fifth Royal-Class ship, Enchanted Princess which is set to enter service and join the fleet in 2020.
The third celebration was the float out of the cruise line’s forth Royal-Class ship, Sky Princess which is due to join the Princess Cruises fleet in October 2019. The Madrina was a second officer from Princess Cruises, Kerry Ann Wright.
In addition to these three Royal-Class ships, Fincantieri will also construct two next-generation cruise ships for Princess Cruises, expected to be delivered in 2023 and 2025. Each of the 175,000 gross tonne ships will accommodate 4,300-passengers.