Finacantieri delivers one and starts another cruise ship
In a busy period for Italian cruise ship specialist Fincantieri, its Monfalcone yard has handed over Sky Princess, the fourth Royal Princess class ship to Princess Cruises and cut steel on Cunard’s latest newbuilding.
The Sky Princess marks the 17th that Fincantieri has delivered to Princess Cruises rises, and is the ship purpose built as a Princess MedallionClass ship. At 145,000gt with accommodation on board for 4,610 passengers in 1,830 cabins and 1,411 crew members crew, the ship is built on the basis of the successful sister ship project of Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess, all built at Monfalcone starting from 2013. The class will continue with the upcoming Enchanted Princess
and Discovery Princess, which will be delivered in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
The partnership between the Monfalcone yard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next-generation cruise ships. These will be the largest built in Italy with a gross-tonnage of 175,000 tons, expected to be delivered at the end of 2023 and in spring 2025. The vessels will accommodate approximately 4,300 guests and will be the first of the ship owner’s fleet to be dual-fuel powered primarily by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
The ceremony was attended, among others, by Micky Arison, Chairman of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Stein Kruse, Group CEO of Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Carnival Australia and Carnival UK, and Jan Swartz, Group President of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia. They were all welcomed by Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri.
Four days previously, Cunard and Fincantieri celebrated the start of construction on the 249th ship of the luxury cruise line. The yet unnamed ship will be the second largest ship to fly the Cunard flag, and is set to reimagine the luxury cruise experience with an array of unique and exciting on board amenities.
The first section of the ship is under construction at Fincantieri’s Castellammare di Stabia ship yard. The shipbuilding group previously delivered Cunard’s popular and world-renowned Queen Victoria in 2007 and Queen Elizabeth in 2010.
Of the occasion, Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard said, “After years of planning and design, we are delighted to see building works commence on our newest ship. The 249th Cunarder will be our fourth luxury liner for the 21st century. The new ship is taking inspiration from the successes of our past, integrating the Cunard spirit with exciting new concepts and ideas that will provide a uniquely luxurious travel experience for our guests.”
Cunard used the auspicious occasion to announce the commissioning of a unique sculpture crafted from the first piece of metal cut for the new ship. Acclaimed sculptor Sam Shendi will complete the work, which will be displayed on board the ship for Cunard’s guests to enjoy. Shendi is an Egyptian-born, British sculptor and uses contemporary industrial material, steel, stainless steel, aluminium and fibreglass to create his figurative work.
Shendi said, “I’m really looking forward to working with the Cunard team and to be given the challenge of creating a sculpture from the first piece of steel cut for their new ship is such a unique opportunity. It would be exciting for any artist to be part of such a long history and know that their artwork will travel the world on the ship connecting guests from all corners of the globe.”
Cunard’s new ship is set to enter service in 2022 with bookings commencing next year.