Fincantieri Launches Largest Ship To Date

The Royal Princess under construction at Fincantieri’s Manfalcone shipyard. Photo: Fincantieri

Fincantieri’s Manfalcone shipyard on Thursday launched Princess Cruises new flagship, Royal Princess, which is the largest ship ever built by the Italian shipbuilder.

Measuring 330 meters long by 38 meters wide, the Royal Princess will be 141,000 gross tons, drawing heavily on Fincantieri’s reputation as the largest passenger shipbuilder in Italian history. In all the Royal Princess has 1,780 cabins, of which 1,438 with balconies (81% of the total), and is able to accommodate 3,600 passengers, with total capacity for over 5,600 people including crew.

Not only is the Royal Princess remarkable in it’s size, but the vessel is also notable for it’s “future-proof design” because it complies with the most recent regulations in shipping. The vessel was designed using a “rational use of space” ideology, with the aim of avoiding any wasted tonnage for added energy saving that would otherwise increase operating costs and harmful emissions. In fact, Fincantieri says that the ship will be able to adapt to every possible type of cruise, operating from Alaska to Australia, even in environmentally protected areas where navigation is restricted.

Fincantieri has built 63 cruise ships since 1990, including 13 only for Princess Cruises. Another 7 ships are being built or about to be built in the Group’s yards.

Delivery is scheduled for spring 2013, while its sister ship, whose construction is expected to start this month at the same yard, will be delivered in 2014.