The Royal Princess, the new flagship of the Princess Cruises fleet owned by the Carnival Group, the world's largest cruise ship operator, was presented today at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard.

Attending the ceremony, among others, was the Deputy Minister of Infrastructures and transport Vincenzo De Luca, representing the Government. For Princess Cruises was present Alan Buckelew, President and CEO, and for Fincantieri Giuseppe Bono, Chief Executive Officer.

The construction of "Royal Princess" consolidates Fincantieri’s primacy in building the largest passenger ships in Italian shipbuilding history. In fact, at 141,000 gross tons, 330 metres long and 38 metres wide, the new ship is the largest ship ever built by Fincantieri.

It has 1,780 cabins, of which 1,438 with balconies (81% of the total), and is able to accommodate 3,600 passengers, with total capacity for over 5,600 people including crew.

As an innovative prototype for a new ground-breaking class of ship, "Royal Princess" stands out for its new "future-proof design", not only in terms of layout and state-of-the-art performance, but also because it complies with the most recent regulations in shipping.

Among the keystones of this trend are the rational use of space, with the aim of avoiding any wasted tonnage that would otherwise increase operating costs, and energy saving to reduce emissions into the atmosphere and water. The ship will be able to adapt to every possible type of cruise, operating from Alaska to Australia, even in environmentally protected areas where navigation is restricted.

The Royal Princess is the 31st cruise ship built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard (13 only for Princess Cruises’ brand) and therefore represents a major industrial investment, and as such is Fincantieri's best response to the world market crisis. Fincantieri has built 64 cruise ships since 1990, 41 of which since 2002. Another 10 ships are being built or about to be built in the Group's yards.