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Fincantieri cuts steel for fourth Royal-class Princess ship

From left, Firouz Mal, newbuild project manager; Holland America Group's Keith Taylor; Elio Autiero, gm human resources; and Carlo Febbraro, director of shipboard technical personnel
A steel-cutting ceremony for the fourth Royal-class ship for Princess Cruises was held at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia shipyard.

This 143,700gt newbuild design follows sister ships Royal, Regal and Majestic Princess, and is scheduled for delivery in 2019.

The project signals the continuation of a 16-year partnership between Fincantieri and Princess.

'We are delighted with the longevity of our partnership with Fincantieri and know that this next ship will follow on the successful design platform demonstrated with her sister ships,' said Keith Taylor, evp fleet operations, Holland America Group.

The steel cut during the ceremony is for the bow section.

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