Fincantieri completes third Star Plus conversion

Star Pride, the third ship of the extension and modernisation Star Plus Initiative project of Windstar Cruises was delivered at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo last week.

Star Pride, the third ship of the extension and modernisation Star Plus Initiative project of Windstar Cruises was delivered at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo last week.

The project, costing $250m  and involving the cruise ships Star Breeze and Star Legend, delivered respectively in 2020 and last May, and Star Pride, envisaged three main complex activity areas: installation of a new 25.6 meters mid-body section; the total renewal of the propulsion engines and diesel generators for a more environmentally responsible navigation; and extensive modernisation of public areas, passenger cabins and open decks.

Before the start of extension works, Star Pride had a length of 134m, with a gross tonnage of approximately 10,000 tons and a capacity of 212 passengers. Now, after its completion, the ship has a length of approximately 160m, a GT of around 13,000 tons, and a capacity to accommodate 312 passengers on board.

The ship’s four Bergen main engines and three Bergen auxiliary engines were replaced by a pair of V12 Wärtsilä 26 engines and a pair of eight-cylinder in line versions of the Wärtsilä 26 giving an extra 4kt speed and extending the range of the ship. The new engines will run on distillate fuels to meet the 2020 sulphur cap requirements.

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