Windstar’s half fleet to start lenghtening at Fincantieri
The three sections of the 200 million deal will be built at Monfalcone and assembled in Palermo
Fincantieri has signed a contract with US-based Windstar Cruises to extend and modernise 3 cruise ships at its Palermo shipyard, a deal worth over 200 million euro that cements the company's position as a leader in shiprepair and conversion.
Windstar's cruise liners currently have a length of 134 metres, with a tonnage of 10,000 tons and a capacity of 212 passengers. On completion of these projects the ship will have a length of 160 meters, a tonnage of 13,000 tons and be able to accommodate 312 passengers.
The work is scheduled for completion by November 2020, and is expected to be partially financed through an export credit facility guaranteed by Italy’s export credit agency SACE.
The project will involve the cruise ships Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride and will be carried out entirely by the Fincantieri Ship Repair and Conversion at the shipyard in Palermo.
The project will involve three main activity areas: lengthening of the mid-body by 26 metres; the total renewal of nearly all the propulsion machinery including main engines, replacement of electrical generators and automation systems and other equipment; extensive modernization of public areas, passenger cabins and open decks, and upgrading of some crew areas, according to Fincantieri.
"The initiative not only creates beautiful new suites and public spaces, but we will also take the opportunity to re-engine the ships with a more fuel efficient and environmentally responsible propulsion system. This will be a true game changer for Windstar and our small ship cruise experience” said Windstar President John Delaney.
Windstar Cruises, headquartered in Seattle, operates a 6-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting 300 ports and 80 countries in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Costa Rica, Panama, Asia, Alaska and British Columbia, Canada and New England, South Pacific and Tahiti.