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  • 2017 January 20 16:02

    Fincantieri to build two new cruise ships for Carnival Corporation

    Fincantieri  has  signed  a  memorandum  of  agreement  with  Carnival  Corporation  &  plc  for  the  construction  of  two  new  cruise  ships  of  an  overall  value  exceeding EUR 1 billion  These ships will be built for Holland America Line  (HAL)  and P rincess Cruises, the company said in its press release.

    The  final  contracts,  subject  to  several  conditions,  including  satisfactory  ship owner  financing,  are  expected to be executed in early 2017. Holland  America  Line ’s new ship will be built at Fincantieri’s yard in Marghera, with an expected  delivery  in  2021.  She  will  be  a  99,500  ton and 2,660 - guest  ship and the third “Pinnacle” class  vess el, after ms  Koningsdam,  delivered  in March 2016,  and  Nieuw  Statendam,  scheduled  for  delivery  in  2018,  both  from Marghera shipyard.

    The ship  will  feature several  of  the  innovative  venues that were  already  introduced on this class. The  new Princess  Cruises ship  will  be  about 145,000 - tons, carry ing 3,660  passengers, and  will include the signature elements that have become synonymous with the Princess guest experience. 

    She  will  be  built in  Monfalcone with  an  expected delivery  in  2022,  and will  be  the sixth "Royal" class vessel, featuring the successful design platform used on “Royal Princess” , delivered in 2013, “Regal  Princess”,  delivered  in  2014, and “Majestic  Princess”, the world’s first ship designed  specifically for the Chinese market and scheduled for delivery at the end of March 2017, as well as  its sister ships – the two yet-to-be-named vessels also under construction by Fincantieri scheduled  for delivery in 2019 and 2020.

    Each of  these new ships will be specifically designed and developed for each brand and the guests  and markets it will serve.

    This  agreement  sums  up  to  the  historical  program  between Fincantieri , the world’s number one shipbuilding group by diversification, and Carnival Corporation,  the  largest leisure travel company with  a  portfolio  of  10  cruise  brands, operating 102  ships and 19  new  ships  scheduled  to  be  delivered  between 2017  and  2022 , which  led to  the  signing of contracts  for five cruise ships in 2016 for  several  Carnival  Corporation  brands. 

    The  collaboration  between  the  two  cruise  industry  giants  is  of  strategic  importance  not  only  for  the  shipbuilding  industry  but  for  the  entire  domestic  economy. In fact, the agreements highlight a long-term program by US-based Carnival Corporation, which has invested through its partner ship with Fincantieri over USD 25 billion in Italy,  making  it  one  of  the  country's  largest  foreign  investors.  In  fact,  Fincantieri  has  built  62 ships  for  Carnival Corporation’s different brands since 1990, with another  11 ships for the group currently in  t he company’s orderbook.

    Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is  leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high - tech shipbuilding indus try’s sectors, from  naval to offshore vessels, from high - complex ity special vessels and ferries to mega - yachts, ship repair s and conversions,  system s and components production and after - sales services. Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), the Group has built  more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history.  With  almost 19, 000 employees, of whom more than 7,800 in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents, today Fincantieri is the leading  Western  shipbuilder.  It  has  among  its  clients  the  major  cruise  operators,  the  Italian  and  the  U.S.  Navy,  in  addition  to  several  foreign  navies,  and  it  is  partner  of  some  of  the  main  European  defense  companies within supranational  programmes.

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