Royal Princess, the new flagship of the cruise line Princess Cruises fleet owned by the Carnival Group, that is the largest cruise vessel operator in the world, was launched today at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard.
Delivery is planned for the spring of 2013, when its sister vessel, whose building is going to start this month at the same shipyard, and it is going to be delivered in 2014.
To the ceremony for Princess Cruises were attending Alan Buckelew, President and CEO, Rai Caluori, Vice President Fleet Operations, and Stuart Hawkins, Vice President Newbuilding .
Intorducing Fincantieri were, between others, Gabriele Cocco, who is Executive Senior Vice President Merchant Ships, and Carlo De Marco, Shipyard Manager.
The building of the Royal Princess consolidates Fincantieri’s superiority in constructing the largest passenger vessel in Italian shipbuilding history.
In fact, at 141,000 gross tons, 330 meters long and 38 meters wide, the new cruise liner is the largest vessel ever built by Fincantieri shipyard.
It has 1,780 cabins, whose 1,438 with balconies (81 per cent of the total), and is accessible to accommodate 3,600 cruisers, with total capacity for over 5,600 people onboard including crew members.
As an innovative prototype for a new ground-breaking class of vessel, the Royal Princess is standing out for its new "future-proof layout", not only in terms of design and state-of-the-art performance, but also because it complies with the most recent regulations in shipping.