MV ROYAL PRINCESS (3) under construction at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard. Courtesy of Fincantieri.
The first in a new generation of ships built for the Carnival Corporation, the 3,600 passenger ROYAL PRINCESS was floated out of its graving dock at Fincantieri’s Monfancone, Italy shipyard on August 16. A “pre-christening” was officiated by “madrina” Victoria Nash, daughter of veteran Princess Captain Nick Nash. Ms. Nash, who was actually christened on board the first (1984-built) ROYAL PRINCESS in 1996 during a ceremony that used that ship’s (now sailing as Phoenix Seereisen’s ARTANIA) bell. The two day “floating out” process began when the madrina cut a ribbon that released an influx of water into the dock.
Alan Buckelew, Chairman and CEO of Princess Cruises, stated, “The original ROYAL PRINCESS left our fleet some time ago, but we wanted to bring the spirit of that much-loved ship, also a prototype design, to the new ROYAL PRINCESS and who better to do that than Victoria, who has grown up into a beautiful young lady who will now have a special connection with both vessels.”
“Captain Nash was presented with the ship’s bell from our original ROYAL PRINCESS following its decommissioning, and we are delighted that he has very generously offered this bell to be placed aboard our new ROYAL PRINCESS, in honor of his daughter,” added Buckelew. “Thank you Nick, for this wonderful gift.”
A video of the float-out ceremony is available by clicking this link: ROYAL PRINCESS Float Out
The ROYAL PRINCESS is scheduled to debut in June of 2013. Among the special features found on board will be a greatly expanded atrium, ; 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 will include cruises on the line’s signature Grand Mediterranean itinerary throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the fall.
More information and video previews of the ship are available at www.princess.com/royalprincess.
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.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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