Fincantieri to Build Two Prototype Ships for Princess Cruises
03/18/2010

Following last December's order, the only one in the world in 2009 and after a standstill of almost two years, Carnival once again chooses Fincantieri for its ships for the future.

Online PR News – 18-March-2010 – – Following last December's order, the only one in the world in 2009 and after a standstill of almost two years, Carnival once again chooses Fincantieri for its ships for the future.

Fincantieri and the US cruise group Carnival Corporation & plc have reached an agreement to build two prototype ships for Princess Cruises.The agreement is subject to the execution of a definitive contract, financing and other customary closing conditions. At 139,000 gross tonnes and with a passenger capacity of 3,600, the new ships will take up service in Spring 2013 and 2014 and will be the largest built to date for Princess Cruises fleet.

Commenting on the agreement Giuseppe Bono, Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri, said: "This important agreement is a source of pride and optimism for us. Proof that we are increasingly world leader even in this time of crisis, having gained the only order for a cruise ship in 2009 - also from Carnival Group - and now this agreement for two prototype vessels for Carnival's prestige brand Princess Cruises".

Mr. Bono went on to add: "Since these are prototypes we hope that in the years to come they will be followed by a substantial number of ships of the same "family"". Mr. Bono concluded: "Last but not least I am convinced that Fincantieri, by consolidating its world leadership in the sector, will succeed in overcoming the crisis and be even stronger than before".

Since 1990 Fincantieri, world leader in the sector, has built 52 cruise ships, of which 48 for different brands in Carnival Group. Without taking into consideration today’s agreement, Fincantieri will build a further 11 vessels between today and 2012 (of which 7 for Carnival Group).