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COMPLEX CRUISE REFIT FOR FINCANTIERI IN PALERMO

Friday, October 18, 2019 

Fincantieri's Palermo shipyard (pictured) is lengthening and upgrading three cruise ships for Windstar Cruises, inserting a new 25.6m midships section in each vessel and replacing the engines with more modern, cleaner plant.

The yard has now made the final cut to the hull of the first ship, Star Breeze, which will return to service in early 2020. Fincantieri says that the complexity of this significant undertaking with Star Breeze (and sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride which will be stretched during 2020) is not just cosmetic or experience-based. It will ensure a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly operation.

“The $250 million Star Plus Initiative is the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement, and renovation project undertaken in cruising, and we are very proud to be working with Fincantieri, the leader in major cruise ship renovations,” said Windstar Cruises President John Delaney.

With the new section, Star Breeze will be able to accommodate 312 passengers (previously the ship accommodated 212 guests). The expanded ship will allow for more crew and maintain the 1.5-to-1 guest-to-service staff ratio.

VP Ship Repair and Conversion of Fincantieri Services Division Andrew Toso stated, “Today is a big day. A proud day. A day of amazing accomplishment by Windstar, Fincantieri, and our shipyard in Palermo. Cutting Star Breeze in two, inserting a new section, replacing the main engines and diesel generators is evidence of our ability in these kinds of highly sophisticated and complex operations, which require engineering and design skills, as well as project management competence that represent the state-of-the-art in the industry.”

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