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Fincantieri Delivers 1,900-Passenger Superliner
Crown Princess To P&O
P&O Plans To Build Second Sister Ship
The Crown Princess is the first of three luxury liners to be built by Fincantieri for P&O/
The Monfalcone shipyard of Fin- cantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani
SpA recently delivered the 792-cab- in luxury cruise ship Crown Princess to her owner, British P&O (Penin- sular & Orient Steam Navigation
The Crown Princess is the first cruise ship built by Fincantieri since 1964, when it delivered the 29,000- ton Eugenio C. to Costa Shipping company.
During the delivery ceremony, Sir
Jeffrey Sterling, P&O president, announced his company's intention to order a second sister ship from
The Crown Princess along with her sister Regal Princess were origi- nally ordered by Sitmar Cruises through its Italian company Astra- mar. P&O acquired Sitmar along with Astramar in 1988 as part of a $210-million deal.
With a gross tonnage of 70,000, the Crown Princess has an overall length of 803 feet, maximum molded breadth of about 106 feet, design draft of 25.7 feet and dead- weight of 5,400 tons. She will have a service speed of 19.5 knots
Fincantieri collaborated with
Italian naval architect Renzo Pia- no of Studio Piano on the design of the vessel in order to provide the
Crown Princess with a unique exte- rior design.
For the ship's silhouette, Studio
Piano took inspiration from the dol- phin, with particular emphasis on the profile of the "head," which con- stitutes a large front dome over the
The transferring of such a design in a construction phase raised ex- treme difficulties. Because the dome and the upper deck structure were manufactured entirely of light alloy, while the superstructure is made of steel, suitable protection and weld- ing methods had to be developed in order to ensure a proper connection.
The final positioning phase of the 250-ton-plus dome (60 meters long design
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