20 Things You Don't Know About Royal Princess

Posted March 18th, 2013

Royal Princess is set to début in June this year, and comes with the promise to wow cruisers with her striking features, including a soaring atrium and dramatic over-the-water SeaWalk. But there are also loads of features that have as of yet gone unnoticed, including unique technological innovations, fresh entertainment offers, new taste treats and expansions of the classic Princess experience. These are all set to bring an extra level of excitement for passengers when the ship sets sail.

This list of "20 things you don't know about Royal Princess" points to numerous large and small features that are being added, and includes:

1. New (and complimentary) on-demand stateroom programming:

A new generation of in-room television entertainment will début on board Royal Princess, offering you an array of on-

Royal Princess in the Shipyard

demand movies and other programming options. Hundreds of movies, as well as classic and contemporary televisions shows, make up the library that will be offered free to passengers. This new system will also offer a live feed from the ship's television studio, Princess Live!

2. Four brand-new original production shows:

The Princess Theatre will debut four new production shows, including "Colours of the World," an experiential journey through the destinations visited by Princess ships; "Spectacular!" a colourful music extravaganza; "Sweet Soul Music," a tribute to rhythm and blues; and "What the World Needs Now," an elegant show celebrating the music and style of the '60s.

3. Tea Tower with Sommelier and 250 blends:

Tea lovers will revel in Royal Princess' unique tea tower, featuring a tea sommelier and a choice of 250 blends of tea. Located in the ship's central Piazza, the Tea Tower offers you the opportunity to enjoy pre-blended tea varieties or create you own custom flavours. The tea sommelier, an expert on tea blends, will host tea tasting events and a new Royal Afternoon Tea Experience, inspired by some of the most famous tea spots in London.

4. Art and architecture mobile tour:

Royal Princess will offer a new self-guided tour, which will enable you to explore the ship's extensive art collection using their personal smart phones or tablets. You can enjoy the 30-stop tour at your own leisure, or scan a QR code located at each artwork to discover interesting facts about the artist and the work.

5. Outdoor art installation

Famous marine artist Wyland is creating a dramatic, custom piece of sea-inspired art that will be installed on the ships' top deck. The new work will be revealed during the inaugural celebration in June.

6. Flair bartending shows:

The SeaView Bar on the top deck will feature midday and sunset flair bartending shows where talented bartenders will entertain you with their impressive bottle-tossing and mixing skills.

7. Whiskey flights at Wheelhouse Bar:

The line's signature Wheelhouse Bar, inspired by the growing popularity of whiskey, will feature a menu of three different whiskey flights - each featuring three whiskeys. Passengers can choose from single malts, three "Glens," and other iconic whiskey options, each featuring tasting notes.

8. Daily pub lunch:

Also in the Wheelhouse Bar, Princess' popular English pub lunch will be offered daily on board Royal Princess. Previously you have only been able to order it on select sea days, but Royal Princess will serve the full traditional pub-style lunch on all sea days, and on port days will offer fish and chips and a ploughman's lunch, along with signature brews.

9. Mobile cruise information intranet:

Princess@Sea - a brand-new, mobile-friendly intranet site will enable passengers to easily access daily updates about entertainment, onboard specials, weather and port news, as well as review their onboard folio from their personal mobile or tablet devices.

10. Royal Indulgence package:

New cabanas in The Sanctuary - which offer an array of exclusive treatments in this adults-only setting - will feature customised packages, including a "Royal Indulgence" for four people. This exclusive experience will provide the ultimate in pampering with all-day massages and gourmet food and beverage offerings.

11. Concierge Lounge for Suites:

Suite passengers, for the first time ever on a Princess ship, will have access to an exclusive area to relax or work, with access to full front desk services, plus light snacks and beverages. There will be dedicated staff on hand to assist with such things as shore excursions, speciality dining or Lotus Spa reservations. It will also be used as a private disembarkation lounge for suite passengers.

Royal Princess - Top Deck at Night

12. Largest gelato menu at sea:

Whether you prefer, chocolate, vanilla, dulce de leche, or butter pecan, Royal Princess' charming gelateria will serve up the largest variety of creamy Italian-inspired gelato and ice cream creations at sea. Gelato will feature a menu of 8 delicious flavours prepared by the ship's pastry chef, plus more than 20 toppings and sauces, and speciality items such as sundaes, waffle cones and sweet crepes.

13. Sabitinis' Bites and Flights:

As the line's signature Italian restaurant, Sabitini's will be located right next to Vines on deck 5, and the wine bar will offer Sabitini's Bites to accompany its popular wine flights. You will be able to sample small bites of such dishes as Tuscan Brochettes, Beef Carpaccio and Lamb Chop Lollipops.

14. Largest outdoor movie screen at sea:

Princess was the first cruise line to introduce outdoor movies in 2004, and now Royal Princess will offer the largest at sea, with the Movies Under the Stars screen 30% larger than those on other ships.

15. Touch screen Photo Finder and facial recognition technology:

The Royal Princess photo gallery will feature digital kiosks that use facial recognition technology to help you find all of your photographs. You can save favourites, customise prints, and purchase special packages, all from the convenience of the kiosk.

16. Princess Live! All day programming:

The new television studio on board Royal Princess, a first for the cruise line, will be a lively place, featuring programming throughout the day, from 8am until midnight. You can enjoy live talk shows, demonstrations and performers, including the daily Wake Show. With seating for almost 300 people, the space will give you a more intimate opportunity to meet the ships' entertainers, play games and enjoy refreshments with the dedicated café.

17. Four different water and music shows:

The ships' central pool area will feature daily and nightly performances of four separate themed sequences comprising dancing fountains, special music and live performers. The Movies Under the Stars screen will also be incorporated as an additional show element.

18. Largest collection of Super Tuscan wines at sea:

More than 20 choices of these headline-making wines from Tuscany will be available at Sabatinis, ranging from recognisable Super Tuscans such as Masseto, Solaia or Tignanello to some lesser known vintages, these wines will be featured by the bottle in the new Sabatini's Super Tuscan Wine Tasting event, where you can enjoy the rare opportunity to sample the wines accompanied by delicious small plates from the Italian restaurant.

19. Largest complimentary Pizza Restaurant at sea:

Alfredo's Pizzeria, already a passenger favourite on several Princess ships, will take the cruise line's reputation for serving the best pizza at sea to a new level. With 121 seats, Alfredo's on board Royal Princess will be the largest such pizza restaurant at sea, and will feature an expanded menu of freshly prepared Neapolitan-style pizzas, calzones, flatbreads and baked pasta.

20. Princess' greenest ship:

Royal Princess has been designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, making it the line's greenest ship. Some of the key areas of focus include the ship's extremely efficient hull and propeller design, which requires the same energy as the line's smaller ships to drive it; a distributed air conditioning system with a larger number of fan coil units rather than a centralised system; usage of low energy lighting throughout the ship with emphasis on LED; the addition of variable speed drives to the biggest electrical consumers such as ventilation fans; a tunnel washer in the laundry which will reduce water consumption; and the introduction of additional monitoring of the ship's overall energy usage.

There is a lot more to discover on board this new-generation ship for Princess Cruises, including an expanded atrium; a dramatic over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio; a pastry shop; a special Chef's Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms.

Royal Princess' 2013 maiden season will include cruises on the line's signature Grand Mediterranean itinerary throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises.

For more information on Royal Princess' itineraries, availability and pricing, call your Cruise Specialist today on 1300 954 661.

Source: Princess Cruises www.princess.com

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