Windstar Cuts The Second Steel At Fincantieri Shipyard To Continue Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative for Star Legend Cruise Ship

On September 5th, 2019 at Fincantieri’s shipyard, in Palermo, Italy, Christopher Prelog, Vice President of Fleet Operations for Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, pushed the button which activated the torch to make the first cut in the new steel that will become the newly-constructed mid-section of Star Legend cruise ship. This is the second of three new mid-ship sections being designed and constructed as part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, to expand and transform the line’s three Star-class vessels. Learn who cut the first steel for Star Breeze’s mid-ship section.

Windstar Cruises’ Vice President of Expansion Projects John Gunner and
Vice President of Fleet Operations Christopher Prelog, with Fincantieri’s Shipyard Director Salvatore Savarese and Vice President of Ship Repair and Conversions Andrew Toso in Palermo, Italy. (left to right)

“This is a momentous day for Windstar as we reach another major milestone.  A project of this magnitude takes time to realize and unfold,” said Prelog. “We’ve accomplished so much already on the first cruise ship, Star Breeze, along with our partners at Fincantieri, that it makes the excitement for Star Legend that much greater. Today is an especially proud moment for me personally, as Star Legend was the first cruise ship I ever worked on in the cruise industry, two decades ago. She is a beauty and the coming transformations are going to be truly amazing, for our guests and all fans of Windstar to see.”

Andrew Toso, Vice President Ship Repair and onversion of the Fincantieri Services Division, stated: “As the reference point worldwide for this kind of highly complex operations we are very proud to partner with Windstar for such an ambitious programme, and the milestone we are celebrating today is the best proof possible of our commitment and successful project management we are bringing in.”

Vice President of Fleet Operations Christopher Prelog.

Star Legend cruise ship is the second of three Star-class vessels that will undergo the transformation from a 212-passendger ship to 312 passengers by installing a new section of ship. The transformation of the three Star-class cruise ships will increase capacity by 100 with the addition of 50 new suites, the majority of which are to be housed in the new mid-sections being built at Fincantieri shipyards.

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