Royal Princess: Special Preview Sailings

| Monday, 21 Jan. 2013

Royal Princess - a new generation ship

There are only two brand new ships coming to the U.S. Market this year, and both are already generating a lot of buzz with cruisers; Norwegian Breakaway (Norwegian Cruise Lines) and Royal Princess (Princess Cruise Line). The first will reach New York City in April (2013) but the Royal Princess, although it will begin service in June of 2013, will not reach the shores of the United States until October.

The inaugural season of Royal Princess, the largest Princess cruise ship yet to come into service, will be begin in Southampton, the historic British port, with two special cruises of just two nights. These cruises will precede the inaugural ceremonies scheduled for June 16. These two two-night cruises will go on sale to the public on January 29.

The fares for each of these cruises start at just $530 per person for an obstructed view balcony cabin. Availability is limited.

The same two-day itinerary applies to each cruise, sailing roundtrip from Southampton to the St. Peter Port on the island of Guernsey. The first cruise sails Sunday, June 9, and the second sails on Friday, June 14. The second day of the cruise will be in port and the ship will return for disembarkation the next morning.

The actual inaugural ceremony will take place in Southampton on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The Maiden voyage is a 7-day "Iberian Voyage" from Southampton to Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga and Barcelona. This will be the shortest cruise of the Mediterranean season for the ship.

Next up are several 12-night cruises from Barcelona to France, Italy, the Greek isle of Mykonos, Istanbul, Ephesus, Athens and Venice overnight. This cruise (or the reverse) will be repeated on June 23, July 5, 17 and 29, August 10, 22, and September 3, 15 and 27.

On October 9th the ship will makes it transatlantic voyage sailing from Venice, Italy, to Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Several European port visits are planned before the crossing; Sicily, Naples, Rome (Italy), Cannes (France), Barcelona (Spain) and the island of Madeira (400 miles west of its native Portugal). This cruise is being offered as a CruiseMates group cruise at very special prices.

The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is an all new generation ship for Princess Cruises. Among the special features found aboard will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; a dramatic over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water; the new "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 ship's 2013 maiden season, after the European cruises mentioned above, will be followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises from Ft Lauderdale to St. Thomas, St. Martin and Princess Cays. More information and video previews of the ship are available at www.princess.com/royalprincess.

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