Princess Cruises builds for China

The keel laying ceremony was officiated by (l-r) Julie Benson, ex vice president of public relations for Princess Cruises; Cherry Wang, country director. Carnival China for Princess Cruises; Attilio Dapelo, director of the Fincanteri Monfalcone Shipyard; and Anthony Kaufman, senior vice president of Asia operations for Princess Cruises The keel laying ceremony was officiated by (l-r) Julie Benson, ex vice president of public relations for Princess Cruises; Cherry Wang, country director. Carnival China for Princess Cruises; Attilio Dapelo, director of the Fincanteri Monfalcone Shipyard; and Anthony Kaufman, senior vice president of Asia operations for Princess Cruises

Construction has begun on the first Princess Cruises vessel designed specifically for the Chinese cruise market, with the keel laying taking place at Fincanteri’s Monfalcone Shipyard last week.

The new vessel, which has been ordered by the Carnival Group, will go to sea in 2017. The 145,000gt ship will host 3,560 passengers and builds on the basis of the twin vessels Royal Princess and Regal Princess, built in the same shipyard and delivered in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Fincanteri said the ships represent a new technological benchmark for their innovative layout, outstanding performance and state-of-the-art technology. “They witness that innovation and customer care of a market leader such as the Carnival Group are essential levers to tackle a crisis such the ongoing one,” the yard owner added.

As reported, the vessel is being built at a cost of around €600 million. Fincantieri has built 70 cruise ships since 1990 (and 47 in the last 13 years). A further 14 ships are currently being designed or built in the group's yards.   

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