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Fincantieri's Monfalcone yard delivers Regal Princess

Regal Princess - shown during its April sea trials
Regal Princess, the new flagship of Princess Cruises, was handed over at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard on Sunday in the presence of Italian officials including Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Carnival Corp. & plc leaders.

Regal Princess, the sister of 2013's Royal Princess, has 1,780 cabins including 1,438 with balconies (81% of the total), and is able to accommodate 4,200 passengers, with total capacity for over 5,600 people including crew.

The ceremony attendees included, among others, the governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Debora Serracchiani; the deputy minister of economic development, Claudio De Vincenti, and the undersecretary of state for justice, Cosimo Maria Ferri.

Representing Carnival were Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corp. & plc; Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group; Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, and, for Fincantieri, CEO Giuseppe Bono and chairman Vincenzo Petrone.

Regal Princess’ maiden voyage from Venice is a seven-day Mediterranean cruise to Athens including stops at Corfu and Mykonos and an overnight call in Istanbul. Throughout the summer, Regal Princess will sail on Princess’ signature 'Grand Mediterranean' cruises, with two itinerary choices.

Regal Princess is the 32nd cruise ship built at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone yard and the 14th for Princess Cruises. Fincantieri has built 65 cruise ships since 1990. Another 13 are being built or about to be built in the group's yards.