Saturday, March 24, 2007
Today, at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, there was the presentation of the “Emerald Princess”, the passenger ship ordered by Carnival Group, the world’s leading cruise operator, for the brand Princess Cruises.
Present at the ceremony were: the Vice Minister of Transport Rt. Hon. Cesare De Piccoli, the President of the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Riccardo Illy, the Executive Vice President of Princess Cruises, Rai Calouri, and, for Fincantieri, the Chairman, Corrado Antonini and the Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe Bono.

The “Emerald Princess”, a sister ship of the “Caribbean Princess” and the “Crown Princess”, delivered in March 2004 and May 2006, was developed from the project of the ships in the “Grand Class” series (the “Grand Princess”, “Golden Princess” and “Star Princess”, 109,000 gross tonnes, delivered in 1998, 2001 and 2002 respectively).
The 113,000-ton ship is 288 metres long, 36 wide, and 67 high with a maximum speed of over 23 knots. On board there are 1,539 cabins for a maximum passenger capacity 3,500 guests, in addition to a crew of over 1,200.
The “Emerald Princess” is the twenty-second cruise ship to be built at Monfalcone shipyard since the early 1980s and the twelfth constructed for Princess Cruises.

With 18 cruise ships – including 3 options - under construction or scheduled for construction by 2012, Fincantieri is the undisputed world leader in the cruise sector with a market share of approximately 45%.