The Duchess of Cambridge to Name Royal Princess
Princess Cruises have announced that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will name Royal Princess, the newest addition to the line's fleet.
The naming ceremony will take place in Southampton on Thursday, 13 June 2013, and will be the highlight of week-long inaugural celebrations to welcome the vessel into service. The spectacular ceremony will uphold British ship-naming traditions, including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards, together with contemporary highlights.
Princess Cruises' CEO, Alan Buckelew, said "It is a great honour for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the Godmother to Royal Princess. We are delighted that the Duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company's British heritage and our commitment to the country."
Royal Princess will arrive at Southampton's Ocean Terminal on Friday, 7 June 2013, where she will commence a series of events for customers and travel agents, including a special naming gala on the evening of 12 June 2013. The ship's inaugural celebrations will conclude with her maiden voyage on 16 June 2013.
The 3,600 passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship. Among the special features found on board will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; and over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending over the edge of the ship; private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water; the largest pastry shop at sea; a special Chef's Table Luminere, a private dining experience; and balconies on all outside staterooms.
The inaugural period of Royal Princess includes two short sample cruises before and after the naming ceremony. After her maiden voyage, she will sail Grand Mediterranean itineraries throughout the Northern Hemisphere summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean itineraries beginning in the autumn.
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Source: Princess Cruises News Release, 9 April 2013