Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Today, at Fincantieri’s shipyard at Monfalcone, there was the Keel Laying ceremony for the superliner “Ventura”, on order from Carnival Corporation & plc, the cruise industry’s world leading group, for P&O Cruises. Delivery is scheduled for spring 2008.
David Dingle, Managing Director of P&O Cruises and Carnival UK, and the shipyard’s director, Carlo De Marco, attended the ceremony.
“Ventura” is bound to be the flagship of P&O Cruises and is the largest cruise ship ever conceived and built expressly for the British market, which is one of the most dynamic and lively in the world featuring highly discerning customers. ”Arcadia”, P&O Cruises’ current flagship, delivered in spring last year, was built at Fincantieri Venice-Marghera shipyard.
As her near sisterships the “Caribbean Princess” and “Crown Princess”, which were also built at Monfalcone and delivered in 2004 and 2006, respectively, “Ventura” is a further development of the ships of the “Grand Class” series (the “Grand Princess”, “Golden Princess” and “Star Princess”, 109,000 gt, delivered in 1998, 2001 and 2002 respectively). However, by using light alloy it has been possible to add a further passenger deck, thereby gaining around 255 extra cabins, corresponding to an increase in passenger capacity of about 20%.
“Ventura”, together with the “Caribbean Princess” and “Crown Princess”, will be the largest cruise ship built to date by Fincantieri: at 113,000 gross tonnes, 8,004 deadweight tonnes, 290 metres long, 36 wide, 67 high, the ship will sail at a maximum speed of about 23 knots and cater for a maximum of 3,597 passengers in 1,546 cabins, as well as 1,203 crew members.
Power is generated by four WNSD 12 V46CR diesel engine groups of 12,600 kW and two WNSD 8L46CR groups of 8,400 kW which provide a total of 67,200 kW.
Propulsion is provided by two electrical engines, one per shaft, of 21MW each.
The ship will offer a wide range of entertainment, including theatres, swimming pools (one provided with a sliding hatch cover), shops, a wellness centre, a library, a casinò and a discotheque.
Monfalcone shipyard has three near-sisterships to “Ventura” on its orderbook for Princess Cruises, the “Emerald Princess” and a second one, as yet un-named, to be delivered in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
The shipyard will also deliver, in 2007, the 12,000 ro-pax vessel “FRAM” to the Norwegian owner Hurtigruten ASA. The ship embodies special features and has been designed for summer cruises in Greenland and winter sailing along the Western coasts of Norway.
A 130,000 cruise vessels of a new design, the largest ever to-date conceived for Carnival Cruise Lines, will be delivered in 2009.

Fincantieri, which since long is the world leading builder of cruise ships, with a current share of 46% of the global market, has built, since 1990, 36 vessels for Carnival Corporation and is currently building 14 ships, including three options, for six different brands of Carnival Group.