The Royal Princess Inauguration with Kate Middleton as Godmother is next week!
Catherine will preside as "Godmother"
to Royal Princess
Royal Princess is destined to be the most exciting Princess cruise ship yet, and the vessel just arrived in Southampton, England, to be made ready for its official naming ceremony June 13th. Serving as Godmother, and giving the ship's blessing and cutting the ribbon to break the bottle of champagne on its bow, will be Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of Prince William.
It has been announced that this ceremony will be "Kate's" last official duty before the birth of the couple's first child - predicted to happen in July - so she will be very pregnant during the event. The Royal Marines band and singer Natasha Bedingfield are expected to perform at the ceremony.
The ship will hold a number of small events for the next week, leading up to the official naming ceremony, during the next as she remains berthed in Southampton. As the ship sailed into the harbor today there was a musical salute provided by British actor, director and writer Simon Callow leading the Southampton University Brass Band is a rendition of "God Save The Queen."
Royal Princess arrives in Southampton
The musical welcome was answered back by the special, musical Royal Princess ship's horn that plays the first notes of the theme song from the TV show "The Love Boat."
For the June 13 naming event British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield will sing her hit "Unwritten," followed by a performance by British actress and "the first lady of London's West End," Kerry Ellis. The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth and The Pipe Band of 1st Battalion Irish Guards will open the event with the pomp and ceremony of British ship-naming traditions.
Royal Princess Features
The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship. Among the special features found on board is a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship offering a host of dining and entertainment options; an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water; the new Princess Live! television studio; the largest pastry shop at sea; a special Chef's Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms.
A Celebratory Princess Cruises Sale on NOW!
One thing I always say is this - when Princess holds a cruise sale you should take it very seriously. Some places (Macy's) have sales on all the time, but when Princess Cruise Line holds a sale on cruises you can be sure the prices are really lower, and when the sale is over those prices will be back up again. So we highly encourage you to take a look at the 80 cruises on sale now, beginning today (June 6th through the 17th).
The special occasion they are celebrating is the upcoming debut of the new Royal Princess which will be officially named by Kate Middleton in Southampton, U.K. next week. Princess is inviting you to "toast the new ship" or celebrate your own special occasion with a free bottle of champagne, and on sailings of eight days or more; to also receive free gratuities.
The sale includes cruise vacations to destinations around the world, including Australia & New Zealand, the South Pacific, Panama Canal, Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico and the California coast. Details on included itineraries and prices can be found at princess.com/sale .
Here is one example: a 12-day Greek Isles cruise on Ruby Princess, beginning at $999; a 15-day Hawaii sailing beginning at $1,499; an 11-day Panama Canal voyage starting at $1,199; and even a 35-day Round Australia and New Zealand adventure beginning at $4,999.
All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Inauguration Sale runs from 12:01 a.m. PT on June 6 through 11:59 p.m. PT on June 17, 2013 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.