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PRINCESS CRUISES AND FINCANTIERI SHOWCASE PROGRESS OF ROYAL-CLASS SHIPS

Friday, February 15, 2019 

Princess Cruises, claimed to be the world's largest international premium cruise line, has recognised major milestones for three ships under construction at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The three milestones marked the recent float out of Sky Princess at the Monfalcone shipyard, the keel laying ceremony for Enchanted Princess, launching June 2020, and the steel-cutting ceremony for the sixth and final Royal-Class ship, yet to be named, scheduled to debut in 2022. Princess Cruises currently operates a 17-ship fleet, and with three newbuilds plus two additional ships on order for delivery in 2023 and 2025, is growing rapidly.

Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia group president, said: "As we continue to grow our fleet with five new ships arriving by 2025, we're proud to not only celebrate these three major construction milestones in the same day but also to continue to innovate our product with cutting-edge technology and elevated guest experiences that will be offered on all of these 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. At the same time, Monfalcone hosted the Enchanted Princess keel laying ceremony, and the recent float-out Sky Princess, due for handover in October 2019 following final fitting-out, was celebrated at a third event.

Swartz added, "We couldn't think of better day to mark these milestones than on Valentine's Day, a day when we typically celebrate romance and our co-starring role on 'The Love Boat.' While we'll always be known for love on the high seas, today also solidifies our position as the fastest growing premium cruise line in the world."

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