February 18, 2019 - The Princess Cruises fleet currently consists of 17 cruise ships. Five more ships are currently under construction or in the planning phase. On February 14, 2019, three remarkable events were celebrated in quick succession at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone near Trieste.
The cruise company based in Santa Clarita, California is one of the brands of the Carnival Group. Most recently, two million passengers traveled on the premium brand's ships. In 2017, the Majestic Princess the 17th ship of the fleet and the third cruise ship of the "Royal Class" put into service.
The event at the Monfalcone shipyard featured three extraordinary events. Marginal observer: Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia Group President
Jan Swartz - Princess Cruises Group President
First, near Sorrento, on the premises of the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, the first steel cut of the sixth and last new building of the Royal Class was carried out. The procedure was broadcast live to Monfalcone. In Castellammare di Stabia the shell of the still nameless ship takes place. The section will then be towed to Monfalcone, where it will be completed in 2022.
Majestic Princess in front of Kotor
After the steel cut, the keel was laid in Monfalcone Entchanted Princess. The "enchanted princess" should be delivered as early as next year. Also left the same day Sky Princess their building dock. The fourth ship of the Royal Class takes off on October 20, 2019 with the maiden voyage Athens to Barcelona the service. The ship has 1.830 cabins for 3.660 passengers (with double occupancy). The new building is measured at 143.700 GT and is largely the same as the three predecessors. The interior design was modified; numerous new features are used.
Sky Princess at the equipment quay of the shipyard in Monfalcone © Princess Cruises
Incidentally, the new building program will be continued with two more ships. The 175.000 GT units of a new generation of ships are to carry 4.300 guests. Fincantieri's ships will be delivered in 2023 and 2025.