Princess Cruises’ latest new build, Majestic Princess, was today delivered to her new owners at a cermony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
The third ship in the class, Majestic Princess joins her elder sisters Royal and Regal Princess as the most advanced ships in the Princess fleet.
Majestic Princess is slightly different from her sister ships as she is designed and marked for the Chinese and Asian market and will be homeported in Shanghai, where she will begin her first season there on 11th July. Before she leaves for China, she will incorporate a mini-European season in the Mediterranean until 21st May when she will then depart on her repositioning Silk Road Sea Route Cruise, a 49 day adventure to Shanghai where she will arrive on the 5th July.
In attendance for the ceremony were the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni; executives from Carnival Corporation & plc including Micky Arison, Chairman; Arnold Donald, Chief Executive Officer; Stein Kruse, Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group; Jan Swartz, Group President of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia; Anthony Kaufman, Executive Vice President International Operations of Princess Cruises; and Cherry Wang, Vice President and General Manager of the Princess Cruises’ brand offices in China. Fincantieri was represented by Giuseppe Bono, Chief Executive Officer, and Giampiero Massolo, Chairman.
Speaking of her pride for their latest ship to join Princess, Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises and Group President of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia said:
“Majestic Princess has arrived and we are thrilled to add this new jewel to our crown representing the newest, most stylish and most luxurious flagship to our fleet,” said Jan Swartz Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia group president. “We are ready to deliver an exceptional international cruise vacation experience to our guests.”
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri was delighted at the latest ship to be produced in partnership of Fincantieri and Princess Cruises. He said:
“Fincantieri proudly delivers Majestic Princess today to our long-term partner, Princess Cruises,” said Giuseppe Bono. The collaboration between Fincantieri, Carnival Corporation & plc and Princess Cruises to tailor Majestic Princess for China makes her special for us. We are proud to deliver this stunningly beautiful luxury cruise liner and highly value the partnership we have with Princess Cruises dating back to the 1980’s. We will continue to deliver increasingly sophisticated ships in the future that serve the needs of our partners and their treasured guests.”
At 145,000grt, Majestic Princess will have capacity for 3560 guests (4250 maximum). As part of her inaugural celebrations, the ship will depart on a special 4 night preview cruise on 31st March for loyal guests, international media, travel agent partners and brand partners from around the world, including many guests from China.
Majestic Princess then will depart on her inaugural 5 night round-trip cruise from Civitavecchia with ports of call including Kotor and Corfu. She will then continue her mini season in the Mediterranean with a choice of 7, 14, 21 and 28 day itineraries from Barcelona, Civitavecchia and Athens before the start of her repositioning cruise to China on 21st May.
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Source: PR Newswire. Princess Cruises and Fincantieri