Royal Princess Débuts this Week
A week of celebrations will culminate tomorrow, with the christening ceremony of the new Royal Princess. Earlier this week, the newest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, arrived in Southampton to a musical salute, as British actor, director and write Simon Callow orchestrated the Southampton University Brass Band to serenade this royal beauty with a rendition of "God Save the Queen".
"Starting the week off with this amazing musical orchestra offered the perfect way to tune up for a naming ceremony that will celebrate with many special musical performances" said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises Executive Vice President.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge christens Royal Princess tomorrow, with nearly 2,000 invited guests joining in the festivities. Princess Cruises will be streaming the ceremony live online, so viewers around the world can also share in this spectacular event.
In addition to the official breaking of the bottle of champagne against the ship by The Duchess, viewers will also be able to follow all the quay-side festivities - including performances by British pop singer and songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, British actress and "the first lady of London's West End" Kerry Ellis, and internationally renowned percussive orchestra Mass Ensemble. The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouthand The Pipe Band of 1st Battalion Irish Guards will open the event with the pomp and ceremony of British ship-naming traditions.
The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship that has been designed to enhance the atmosphere that Princess Cruises' passengers have grown to love. Guests will find a number of evolutionary design features and innovative ways to help them escape completely.
The spectacular Atrium is over 50% larger than that of other Princess ships, and features a host of exciting new eateries. The materials and finishes were specifically chosen to reflect the warmth and sophistication that permeates the entire ship.
The Sanctuary & Lotus Spa
The blissful signature haven just for adults will offer a sought-after oasis of tranquillity with private cabanas with refrigerators and flat-screen TV's. The Lotus Spa features a new exclusive area, The Enclave at Lotus Spa, offering warm stone beds and a soothing hydro pool in addition to airbed recliners, neck and body massage jets and circular rain showers.
A new adults-only pool is surrounded by plush private cabanas that appear to be floating on the water. Two additional pools flank a tropical island that will offer pool seating by day and by night will become an outdoor dance club.
Movies Under the Stars
Princess Cruises signature outdoor theatre returns to Royal Princess with a high-definition screen that's twice the size of the screens on previous ships. And don't miss another new feature - a dazzling water and light show at Fountain Pool's tropical island.
A first at sea, Princess Live! is a TV studio presenting broadcast-ready events including interactive culinary game shows, live concerts, late night comedy and game shows.
New Dining Venues
Another first at sea, the spectacular Chef's Table Lumiere will have you seated at custom made glass tables, surrounded by a magical curtain of light - providing a soft wall of privacy and the feeling you are cocooned in a white cloud. Another new dining venue is the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar, featuring the pearls of the ocean, fresh from the sea - including sushi, sashimi, ceviche and caviar. And, for a delicious dessert or afternoon delight, the new gelateria offers many tempting treats, including designer sundaes, sweet crespelle, creamy fruit smoothies and frosty shakes.
Every Royal Princess stateroom includes contemporary and inviting decor, 100% Egyptian linens, 37" flat-screen TVs with movies, cable and satellite programming, hand-held massage shower heads, fresh fruit and much more.
Royal Princess will be setting off on her maiden cruise on 16 June 2013, sailing an Iberian Voyage. Following that, she will cruise a series of Mediterranean and Caribbean itineraries. So, start planning your next cruise as she embarks on her maiden season!
For more information on cruising on board Royal Princess, call one of our Cruise Specialists today on 1300 954 661.