Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Today at Fincantieri’s shipyard at Monfalcone there was the laying of the first block of the cruise ship “Carnival Magic”, ordered by Carnival Cruise Lines (Carnival Group), due for delivery in spring 2011.

The 130,000 gross tonnage, 306 metre-long and 37 metre-wide “Carnival Magic” is a sister ship of the “Carnival Dream” which was delivered by Monfalcone yard last September. In building the “Carnival Magic” Fincantieri will repeat the record it set with her sister ship – the construction of the largest passenger vessel in the history of Italian shipbuilding. Compared to her sister, the new vessel will have a larger number of cabins - 1,845 – plus 746 for the crew giving a total passenger capacity of over 6,000.

The section laid in the dry dock today is approximately 18 metres long, 21.5 metres wide and weighs 630 tons.

In addition to the “Carnival Magic”, Monfalcone shipyard is engaged in the construction of another two vessels: the “Azura”, 116,000 gross tonnes, for P&O Cruises and due for delivery next spring, and the “Queen Elizabeth”, a liner for Cunard Line launched on 5 January and due for delivery in autumn this year. The yard’s order book also includes a recent order for a third ship in the “Dream” class, again for Carnival Cruise Lines, which will enter service in spring 2012.