Thursday, June 01, 2006
Today, at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone there was the launch of the cruise ship the “Emerald Princess”, ordered by Princess Cruises of the Carnival Group. The new ship, which is a sister ship of the “Caribbean” and the “Crown”, delivered to the same owner in March 2004 and on 27th May 2006 respectively, will enter service in Spring next year.
Godmother of the ship was Mrs. Jenny Arkinstall, the wife of Charles Arkinstall, Newbuild Advisor of P&O Princess International.
The ship has 113,000 gross tonnes and 8,100 deadweight tonnes. It is 290 metres long, has a beam of 36 metres and a height of 67 and can travel at a maximum speed of 23.7 knots. There will be 1,547 cabins on board, catering for a maximum of 4,800 passengers and crew.
The “Emerald Princess” is the twenty second cruise ship built in Monfalcone in the last sixteen years and, in particular, the twelfth built in this shipyard for Princess Cruises.
In addition to the “Emerald Princess” the yard’s order book includes two further ships of 113,000 gt: the “Ventura” for P&O Cruises, scheduled for delivery in Spring 2008, and a second vessel for Princess Cruises due for delivery in autumn 2008. Also on order from the shipyard is 130,000 gt ship for Carnival Cruise Lines, due to enter service in autumn 2009, and the “Polar Explorer”, ordered by the Norwegian owner OVDS, due for delivery in Spring 2007. This vessel incorporates very special features, for service during the summer on cruises in Greeland and in the winter months to charters – known as Hurtigruten or Coastal Express – along the Western coasts of Norway.
With thirteen ships on order (including two options) Fincantieri is the world leader in cruise shipbuilding with a market share of 46%.