Royal Princess Preview

| Friday, 22 Mar. 2013

Royal Princess will a beautiful, streamlined exterior One of the most anticipated new ships of 2013 is the new largest Princess cruise ship ever built, the new "Royal Princess" with its maiden voyage scheduled for June 16, 2013. But this new ship will remain in Europe offering Mediterranean cruises through October 29th. Then she will make her transatlantic repositioning to Ft. Lauderdale, her American home port.

Under construction at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, her keel was laid in October 2009. At 141,000-gross tons for 3600 passenger berths, she will be the largest Princess cruise ship ever built. A sister ship named Regal Princess is also already under construction and will debut in spring of 2014. There is also an option for a third sister ship should the cruise line choose to build it.

Some of the new attractions on Royal Princess include cantilevered walkways with glass floors on deck 16 where guests can stroll out over the side of the ship with a view of the ocean over 100 feet below. The ship has 19 decks in all, with the uppermost full deck holding the Sanctuary (adults only) area up front and the kids' and teens' special areas aft.

Entertainment options include full-screen 3-D movies, a "television studio" where a Good Morning show will be video-taped daily in front of a live audience along and special musical events presented at night, and the largest production show theater Princess has ever built.

An much larger atrium based upon what is already available on Emerald and Ruby Princess will serve as a focal point for the new ship with a much more "lively" neighborhood feel. A coffee barista and gelateria will anchor the atrium surrounded by simulated al fresco seating (it is actually inside, but feels like a street setting) for a variety of popular Princess restaurants.

There are several 12-day cruises on three different itineraries in Europe before the transatlantic crossing. From Ft. Lauderdale the ship will only offer Eastern Caribbean cruises to St Thomas, St Martin and the private island Princess Cays in the Bahamas. Cruises are already on sale through 2014 at the Princess web site and travel agents everywhere.

For those ready to book now - CruiseMates has a group cruise planned for this ship's transatlantic voyage sailing October 9, 2013. See the details on our CruiseMates Royal Princess Transatlantic Group Cruise.

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More Information on Royal Princess

Here are the previous articles we have already published on Royal Princess to help you get familiar with thsi beautiful new ship.

Are You Ready for Royal Princess?
A look at the new adult "Sanctuary Area" as well as the top deck features like the "SeaWalk" and "SeaView Bar"
11-27-12
Royal Princess Reveals Top Secrets
New features on the top decks of Royal Princess include late-night dance parties and computerized water and laser light shows.
09-28-12
New Royal Princess Entertainment Venues
The innovative Royal Princess entertainment venues include a live television studio with audience.
05-24-12
Royal Princess Atrium Life Revealed
The new expanded atrium on Royal Princess, to debut June 2013, will have a hub for food and fun night and day.
02-20-12
The New Royal Princess - First Impressions
The all new Royal Princess; 141,000-tons and 3600 berths, will debut in spring, 2013.   Go>
03-16-11
20 New Royal Princess Highlights
Princess reveals 20 new details of the forthcoming Royal Princess you probably didn't know.
3-12-13

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