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28 February 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 15:57 GMT+1

September 6, 2019

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The work for the lengthening of the ships of Windstar Cruises is begun in the ship yard of Palermo

The new sections for two unit will be constructed and inserted near the Sicilian plant of Fincantieri

In the Fincantieri ship yard of Palermo the cut of the first sheet of the new sections for the cruise ship is carried out Star Legend, the second unit to being modernized in the within of the flat Plus Star of the value of 250 million dollars of the company Windstar Cruises. The project Plus Star previews the lengthening, the substitution of the drive system and the renewal of three units: Windstar, in fact, will subject in succession half of its fleet - Breeze Star, Star Legend and Star Pride - to this genre of modernization. The work on before the three ships, Breeze Star, will begin the next month and will finish with the departure of third, Star Pride, in November 2020.

The ships will be cut to half in order to allow the installation of a new section in the central part that will lengthen every unit of about 26 meters. "The new" ability total of the enlarged ships will carry to 312 the number of passengers, and in order to maintain the relationship between staff and hosts of 1,5 to 1 will be assumed new staff. The new sections for Star Legend and Star Pride, that they will demand each about six months for their realization, will be constructed and inserted in the Windstar ships together with the new engines to reduced environmental impact near the plant of Palermo.

"This - Christopher Prelog has commented, vice president of Fleet Operations di Windstar Cruises - is an important day for Windstar because we reach another important goal. A project of this capacity demands time in order to come true. We have already realized so a lot on the first ship, Breeze Star, together with our partner of Fincantieri, that we are still more enthusiastic for Legend Star. Today I feel myself proud also for a reason or purpose personal, since Legend Star has been the first ship on which it has never worked in the field of the cruises, two decades ago. It is a splendid unit and the next transformations will be indeed amazing, for our hosts and all the fan of Windstar".

"As a reference point all over the world for this type of highly complex operations - it has emphasized Andrew Toso, responsible Ship Repair & Conversion of the Division Services di Fincantieri - we are very proud to collaborate with Windstar for a so ambitious program and the goal that we are celebrating today is the best possible test of our engagement and the profitable management of the projects that we are getting ahead".

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