Princess Cruises Announces Name of Next New Ship
Princess Cruises has announced that the name of its next new ship will be Regal Princess.
Yesterday Princess Cruises marked the beginning of construction of the second of its new generation of ships, with the official keel laying ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At the same time, the cruise line also announced that the ship's name will be Regal Princess.
Regal Princess, a sister ship to the new Royal Princess, will debut in 2014, and the company and shipyard officials started the countdown to the ships's launch today as the keel - the bottom-most part of the ship - was ceremoniously lowered into position in the building dock.
"Just as Royal Princess was named after one of our iconic early vessels, Regal Princess also takes a name from our past that we think is well suited for this particular ship," said Alan Buckelew, President and CEO of Princess Cruises. "Today's keel laying is an exciting event as it marks a key milestone in our newbuilding program."
Following a traditional blessing by a priest, the ship's keel - which weights about 500 tons - was moved into position by a huge crane onto the keel blocks. The computer-guided move took only minutes, belying the more than 2 million man hours that will ultimately go into building the vessel.
Regal Princess will offer many of the same special features as Royal Princess, which debuts in June 2013. Among these are an expanded atrium; a dramatic over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 8 meters beyond the edge of the ship; private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water; the 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. The 3,600-passenger, 141,000-ton ship will remain in the building dock until float-out next summer. Additional details, including schedules and itineraries for Regal Princess will be announced next year.
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Source: Cruise Industry News, 28 August 2012