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Fincantieri Floats Out Princess Cruises’ Newest Vessel

Italy’s shipbuilder Fincantieri has floated out the Enchanted Princess, the fifth Royal-class ship built for the ship operator Princess Cruises, a brand within Carnival Corporation.

The ceremony for the 145,000 gross tons unit was held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone on August 6. Interior fittings will now begin, leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled in 2020.

Enchanted Princess is built on the basis of the successful sister vessel project of Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and the upcoming Sky Princess, built and delivered in the same shipyard starting from 2013.

Like its sister ships, the vessel will represent “a new technological benchmark in Europe and worldwide” for its layout, performances and quality of its marine technology.

The partnership between the Monfalcone yard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next-generation cruise ships.

Fincantieri said that these would be the largest built so far 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 around 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).