Special day for Fincantieri who today delivered the its 100th cruise ship built since 1990. This is the ‘Enchanted Princess’, made for the shipping company Princess Cruises, a US brand Carnival Corporation, the world‘s leading operator in the sector. It is the first unit delivered since the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency.
Compared to the past, the ceremony, in full compliance with the anti-Covid measures, welcomed a limited number of guests ‘in presence’, but was followed by all over the world thanks to a live streaming. Among the few guests, even the premier Giuseppe Conte, to whom the CEO of the group, Giuseppe Bono, thanked for the management of the emergency, underlining the importance of supporting the sector.
Thanks also to the Government for having decided, among the first, to reopen the cruise business, even in a difficult period like the one we are going through. “We have so far safeguarded the order book (44 cruise units, ed). But the last mile is missing. We must take risks today, looking to the future: let’s save the prospect of one of the most important sectors for the economy in the world ”.
Bono also recalled the delivery of the new bridge of Genoa: “We have demonstrated that we are there and are at the service of the country on large and complex works”.
This was followed by a live video message from President Conte to celebrate the handover, a particularly significant occasion. The premier, thanking all the people who worked to create the Enchanted Princess, recalled the compliments also received from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the quality of Fincantieri’s work. “We continue to work carefully, respecting all the rules, to get the economy back in the country”. In closing, he recalled the importance of the Recovery Plan: “We are working on a great national resilience plan, which will allow us to look to the future with further confidence”.
The ceremony was attended, in connection by the United States, Micky Arison, Chairman di Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Stein Kruse, Group CEO di Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Carnival Australia e Carnival UK, e Jan Swartz, Group President of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia. The President was also present for Fincantieri Giampiero Massolo in remote connection.
Enchanted Princess, the 18th of the units built by Fincantieri for Princess Cruises in the Isonzo shipyard, with a gross tonnage of 145,000 tons and the capacity to accommodate up to 4,610 passengers on board in 1,830 cabins as well as 1,411 crew members, is built on the base of the successful project of the twins Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess, also built in the Monfalcone plant starting from 2013. This class has inaugurated a new generation of ships, encountering enormous appreciation from the public of cruise passengers, and will continue with Discovery Princess, which will be delivered in 2021.
Enchanted Princess, like those of the same class that preceded it, represents a technological reference point at European and world level for the innovative lay-out, the very high performance and the high quality of cutting-edge technical solutions. This project represents the best proof that innovation and attention to the relationship with the customer are essential levers to affirm Fincantieri’s leadership on the market and further consolidate its historic partnership with the Carnival Group, the world‘s leading operator in the cruise sector.
“With the delivery we officially welcome Enchanted Princess to the Princess family, following the strong bond between Carnival Corporation, Princess Cruises and Fincantieri, our reference partner,” said Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises. “Fincantieri shares our same spirit of offering the highest level of excellence and we know that it will also share the enthusiasm and pride we will feel when the ship welcomes its first guests.”
The relationship between the Monfalcone shipyard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next generation cruise ships of 175,000 gross tons, which will be the largest built in Italy. Deliveries are scheduled for late 2023 and spring 2025. The units will accommodate approximately 5,300 passengers and will be the first in the shipowner’s fleet to be powered primarily by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Fincantieri has built 100 cruise ships between 1990 and today, of which 70 for Carnival Corporation, while another 44 units are under construction or soon to be built in the Group’s factories.