On Monday 11th January, 2021 the 2020 newbuilt cruise liner ENCHANTED PRINCESS entered Grand Harbour, Malta for the first time.
She was calling at Palumbo Malta Shipyard to drydock at Dock 6.
ENCHANTED PRINCESS is the fifth Royal Class cruise ship of Carnival Corporation & plc to be operated by Princess Cruises. She was ordered on 2nd April, 2016 from Fincantieri building her at Monfalcone, Italy as yard no 6275. Her keel was laid on 14th February, 2019 while she was floated out on 6th August, 2019 with the Godmother as Miss Marinella Cossu, a Fincantieri employee.
With a 145,281 GRT she has the capacity of 3,660 passengers and 1,346 crew. Her dimensions are 329.92 metres long with 38.42 metres beam and maximum draught of 8.6 metres. She has 19 decks.
In April 2020, Princess Cruises announced that the ship would experience delays in construction progress due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Disease and the national lockdown in Italy, which together resulted in the temporary closure of Fincantieri’s shipyards. Work eventually resumed and sea trials began on 13th June 2020, when the ship sailed from Monfalcone to Palermo. The ship remained in Palermo until 26th June before returning to Monfalcone on 29th June. On 8th July 2020, Princess announced the ship’s sea trials had been successfully completed. Her delivery was delayed and the ship was finally delivered on 30th September 2020. She is the 100th cruise ship, Fincantieri has built. She is a sister to the ROYAL PRINCESS, REGAL PRINCESS, MAJESTIC PRINCESS and the upcoming SKY PRINCESS.
The partnership between the Monfalcone yard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next-generation cruise ships. These will be the largest built so far in Italy at 175,000 tons, expected to be delivered at the end of 2023 and in spring 2025.
The vessels will accommodate approximately 4,300 guests and will be the first Princess vessels that are dual-fuel, powered primarily by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
On Tuesday 19th January, 2021 she left Grand Harbour at 1300 hrs assisted by 2 local tugs ST.ELMO and SEA SALVOR. At 1533 hrs she advised Valletta VTS that she’s leaving territorial waters bound to Augusta, Sicily for bunkering operations.
PRINCESS CRUISES are represented in Malta by Malta Cruise Services, a division of Mifsud Brothers Ltd – www.mbl.com.mt
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Published – Tuesday 19th January, 2021.