The spectacular Royal Princess joins the Princess Cruise Line fleet in June 2013. As a travel agent, I have had the opportunity to preview some of the design and construction over the past few months, and am in awe of the new features and improvements since Princess’ last ship was built (Ruby Princess 2007). Princess has finally released some new marketing materials, so here are some of the highlights:
Construction of Royal Princess began on 15 March 2011 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy when the first plate was cut. She was launched in August 2012; fitting out continues, and Fincantieri expects to deliver her to Princess Cruises in June 2013.
The ship will measure 141,000 GRT and will have a capacity of 3,600 passengers. Her amenities will include a pair of public areas cantilevered over the side of the ship on the top deck.
In addition, much like previous Princess Cruises ships, the new ship will feature expanded public areas, including the movie theater, the "Sanctuary" bar and the central Piazza atrium.
The Central Piazza is 50% larger than any other ship in the Princess Fleet, and includes eateries, unique to the Royal Princess.
Spa fare and refreshing drinks are available to guests, and are served by Sanctuary staff members that will be known as Serenity Stewards.
The Lotus Spa was not forgotten when designing the new ship. An exclusive area of the spa, The Enclave at Lotus Spa, offers warm stone beds and a soothing hydro pool in addition to airbed recliners, neck and body massage jets and circular rain showers that alleviate stress almost instantly.
The Royal Princess’ maiden voyage departs June 16, 2013:
7-Day Maiden Iberia Voyage
Southampton, Vigo (for Santiago de Compostela), Lisbon, Gibraltar,
Málaga (for Granada), Barcelona
Caribbean sailings start out of Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of November 2013.
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