Princess Cruises took delivery of the world’s newest cruise ship, Enchanted Princess, during a ceremony today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. Princess Cruises’ President Jan Swartz and Carnival Corporation’s CEO Arnold Donald joined the ceremony via livestream as the cruise line received her newest vessel.
Enchanted Princess was originally scheduled to make her debut this past June but due to the current health crises, all new cruise ships have been delayed. The cruise ship is the 5th Royal class ship in the cruise line’s fleet.
Enchanted Princess has the same features as other ships in its class including an Italian-inspired Piazza, dramatic over-the-ocean glass, Seawalk and Broadway-caliber shows performed in the Princess Theater.
Enchanted Princess features the new Sky Suites, centrally located on the top deck of the ship and featuring the largest private balconies ever offered by Princess Cruises.
Measuring 700 square feet, the balconies will provide a private vantage of the ship’s Movies under the Stars screen and create the ultimate space for entertaining. The two suites will also offer a 270-degree panorama and have sleeping capacity for five guests, and more for entertaining – making them ideal for families.
Enchanted Princess is the 100th cruise ship built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. This milestone is significant for both companies since Crown Princess was the first ship to launch Fincantieri into the modern passenger ship building business, when it was delivered in 1990.
The finalization of Enchanted Princess also marks the first ship to be completed during the time of COVID. In fact, Fincantieri was one of the first businesses to reopen in Italy, helping to energize the economy, while operating in new and innovative ways to ensure a safe and productive work environment.
“We officially welcome Enchanted Princess into the Princess global fleet and recognize the strong bond between Carnival Corporation, Princess Cruises and Fincantieri, our long-standing shipbuilder partner,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “Fincantieri shares the Princess spirit of delivering the highest level of excellence, and we know they will also share in our enthusiasm with pride when the ship welcomes its first guests.”
Enchanted Princess is now scheduled to sail her first cruise on December 19, 2020. The ship will homeport in Port Everglades and sail week long cruises to the Caribbean.
In May, the cruise ship will head to Europe and sail a series of seven night cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia to ports in the Mediterranean.