Princess Cruises is growing. Major milestones for three ships under construction were celebrated at Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy including a steel-cutting ceremony for the final Royal Class ship, keel laying ceremony for Enchanted Princess, and the Sky Princess madrina celebration.
With two additional ships on order for delivery in 2023 and 2025, Princess Cruises will increase its capacity by 32 percent over the next six years, adding to its current fleet of 17 ships.
The steel-cutting ceremony for the sixth and final Royal-class ship was broadcast live to the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone from the builder’s yard in Naples, Italy. This ceremony marked the cutting of the first plates of steel to begin the building phase of the ship, which is scheduled to launch in 2022.
Princess Cruises and Fincantieri executives started the countdown to the launch of Enchanted Princess as the keel was ceremoniously lowered into position in the dry dock. Following a traditional blessing, the ship’s keel – which weighs approximately 500 tons – was lifted then lowered into position by a huge crane onto the keel blocks. Representatives and invited guests participated in a traditional coin ceremony, and for this occasion, welding an OceanMedallion into the ship believed to bring good luck to the vessel and all who sail on her.
Ms. Kerry Ann Wright, 2nd officer for Princess Cruises, nominated by her fellow crew members will serve as the Madrina recognizing her “Reach for the Sky” story and the career she is forging in the cruise industry. Sky Princess is nearing the final construction and interior outfitting phase before joining the fleet in October 2019.
Sky Princess is the first new ship to join the fleet activated with Princess MedallionClass Vacations enabled by the OceanMedallion, a wearable technology delivering guests the enjoyment of hassle-free, personalized cruise vacations. Sky Princess will also feature MedallionNet, Wi-Fi at sea delivering land-like internet speeds for watching sports, movies, or making video calls from a smart-phone.
All three 143,700-ton Royal-class ships carry 3,660 guests and will include similar features to those found on Royal Princess, Regal Princess, and Majestic Princess, as well as new offerings.