Carnival brand Princess Cruises’ new Royal-class ship, Enchanted Princess, has been floated out at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

The new ship is the fifth in the series of the Royal-class ship built for Princess Cruises.

The float-out ceremony was attended by Princess Cruises director new build services Firouz Mal, Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard director Roberto Olivari.

The 145,000 gross tonne Enchanted Princess will soon join its sister vessels, including Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess. These ships were built in the same shipyard.

In a statement, Fincantieri said: “Like its sister ships, the vessel will represent a new technological benchmark in Europe and worldwide for its innovative layout, outstanding performances and the top quality of its state-of-the-art marine technology.

“It will be the best proof that innovation and customer care are fundamental levers in showcasing market leadership and will further consolidate Fincantieri’s long-time partnership with Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise ship operator and leisure travel company.”

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The partnership between the ship operator Princess Cruises and the yard will also see the construction of two next-generation cruise ships.

With a gross-tonnage of 175,000t, these vessels will be the largest ships ever built in Italy. They are expected to be delivered at the end of 2023 and in spring 2025.

The vessels will be dual-fuel powered primarily by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will be able to accommodate around 4,300 guests.

Since 1990, Fincantieri has built a total of 92 cruise ships for Carnival and Princess Cruises. Currently, the shipbuilder is designing or building another 54 ships in its yards.