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ROYAL PRINCESS Pre-Decked, Part Two (Interiors)

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013 by

Peter Knego continues his visit to the famed Monfalcone-based Fincantieri shipyard with a press tour of Princess Cruises’ under-construction, 141,000 gross ton, 3,600 passenger ROYAL PRINCESS. Part two covers the massive new ship’s interiors and cabin mock-ups.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Stairs paneled.

From Deck 18 (Sky), we headed down eleven levels to the aft portion of Deck 7 (Promenade), which is fully devoted to public rooms.

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Vista Lounge, facing port.

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Vista Lounge, facing port. Rendering courtesy of Princess Cruises.

Our first stop was the cabaret show room, the Vista Lounge, which will feature nightly entertainment, from live bands to comedians and illusionists, plus themed parties and special events.

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Fittings.

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Attenzione!

On the ROYAL and REGAL PRINCESS, the Vista Lounge will be slightly smaller than its equivalents on board the Grand Class ships. The reason for this was just a few steps ahead, past stacks of fittings and the shell of what will soon be the popular Wheelhouse Bar.

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Princess Live!, facing port.

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Princess Live! rendering, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

Princess Live! is an entirely new, 280-seat entertainment venue on midships Deck 7 near the Piazza. Hosted by the cruise director and special guests from around the ship, “The Wake Show” daily television program will be taped here with a live audience.

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Builder’s plans for TV Studio.

The Princess Live! studio will also be home to game shows, interactive cooking shows, art house films, enrichment classes, murder mysteries, trivia, and “Meet the Experts” presentations from the crew.

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Piazza, facing forward.

Nearby was the three-deck-tall Piazza, which is twice the size of those aboard the Grand Class. With a marble and brass-imbued ambiance, its function will be like a street-cafe with many dining and live entertainment options.

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Partial marble.

Deck 7 will feature a new-to-the-Princess-fleet Ocean Terrace seafood and sushi bar on the starboard side and the “1960s Rat Pack” inspired Crooner’s Bar, with its menu of 75 martini types on the port side.

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Piazza, facing aft from Deck 6.

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Piazza rendering, facing aft from Deck 6. Rendering courtesy of Princess Cruises.

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Piazza rendering, facing forward from Deck 6. Rendering courtesy of Princess Cruises.

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Alfredo’s, facing forward.

Alfredo’s Pizzeria is located on the starboard side of the Deck 6 level of the Piazza and named for Princess’’ executive chef Alfredo Marzi. The first Alfredo’s was introduced to the fleet with the GRAND PRINCESS’ transformation of 2012.

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Alfredo’s, facing forward. Rendering courtesy of Princess Cruises.

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Pizza plans.

Alfredo’s is a sit-down pizzeria with a view of the sea and a chance for guests to sip a glass of wine as their pizza is made-to-order in a stone oven. Nearby, a new Italian-inspired cocktail venue called Bellini’s overlooks the forward portion of the Piazza. Across the way on the port side, there will be a Photo and Video Gallery.

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International Cafe, facing port/forward.

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International Cafe, facing aft. Rendering courtesy of Princess Cruises.

The Deck 5 (Plaza) level of the Piazza will feature a variety of eateries including the International Cafe with its 24-hour complimentary food offerings, from fresh pastries to paninis, salads and late night desserts and snacks. The Inernational Cafe is also the place for made-to-order, extra tariff specialty coffees.

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Gelato, facing starboard.

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Piazza rendering, facing aft from Deck 5. Rendering courtesy of Princess Cruises.

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Piazza, facing up/port from Deck 5.

Across from the International Cafe will be Gelato, the spot for homemade gelati, crepes, smoothies and other seagoing sweetness. Just ahead of that, there is Vines wine bar with some 30 wines-by-the glass and bottles for purchase. There will also be a twin tea tower of artisan-crafted varieties and infusions for up to 300 custom creations.

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Sabatini’s, facing forward.

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Sabatini’s rendering, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

Also off the Deck 5 level of the Piazza will be Princess’ signature Tuscan-inspired specialty restaurant, Sabatini’s. The extra-tariff eatery is one of the most popular in the fleet and will be located adjacent to Vines wine bar, offering diners a conveniently close venue to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. Décor will feature glass, marble, wood and mirrored detailing and a grand wine display. In addition to dinner, lunch will also be available here.

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Partially Luminated.

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Chef’s Table Lumiere rendering, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

On aft Deck 6 (Fiesta), there is what will soon be the Concerto Dining Room, one of three equivalent-in-size traditional restaurants on the ROYAL PRINCESS. The Concerto’s design is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and will feature a rotunda in its center that will be surrounded by a fiberoptic curtain for the newly enhanced Chef’s Table Lumiere experience. Here, guests will be surrounded by a curtain of fiberoptic lighting providing a “soft wall” of privacy as they dine at a custom-made glass table set with deluxe china, cutlery and table accessories for an extraordinary dining experience.

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Frank Lloyd facets.

Concerto designer Giacomo Mortola showed us a portion of the angular Art Deco-style Murano Glass chandelier that will crown the room.

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Teresa Anderson explains.

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Symphony Dining Room Private alcove. Rendering courtesy of Princess Cruises.

From there, it was down to the Symphony Dining Room on Deck 5 where designer Teresa Anderson summoned the spirit of the space, which will also feature a private alcove in its center portion.

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Symphony Dining Room, facing port.

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Symphony Dining Room rendering, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

While the dining areas on the ROYAL PRINCESS will have an evolved sense of style, there will be some familiar ceiling treatments and soft fittings that correspond with those in the current Princess fleet.

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Above the spiral: Calypso Cove/Art Gallery, facing port/forward.

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Below the spiral: Casino in an aft-facing rendering, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

The Art Gallery and Calypso Cove shopping arcade on Deck 7 will be connected by a spiral staircase to the Princess Casino on Deck 6. This mini-Atrium is just forward of the much larger Piazza. The Princess Casino will feature the latest in slots and table games.

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Princess Theater, facing forward.

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Princess Theater, facing forward. Rendering courtesy of Princess Cruises.

We entered the massive Princess Theater on the Deck 7 level. At the far forward end of the ship, it will feature high-definition screens and a brand new lighting system to enhance each show. Four new productions will debut aboard ROYAL PRINCESS, including “Colors of the World,” an experiential journey through the destinations visited by Princess ships; “Spectacular!” a musical revue extravaganza; “Sweet Soul Music,” an upbeat tribute to Rhythm and Blues; and “What the World Needs Now,” a timeless, elegant show celebrating the music and style of the ‘60s.

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Club 6, facing port (Deck 6).

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Club 6 rendering, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

On the ROYAL PRINCESS, the nightclub, now called Club 6, has been moved from the rafters to the heart of the ship on Deck 6, adjacent to the Casino and Piazza.

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Reception, facing forward.

We wound up our visit on forward Deck 5, first at the Reception, which will feature a large water fountain between the Passenger Services and Shore Excursion desks.

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Spa treatment room.

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Couple’s Villa Treatment Room rendering, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

The Lotus Spa was our final stop. No longer overlooking the bow from the top of the ship, it has surrendered that real estate with a view for a more practical location in the lower forward portion of the ROYAL PRINCESS. The treatment rooms were well on their way to completion with some handsome tile and stonework already fitted. The spa will house Princess’ largest-ever thermal suite with a hydro-therapy pool that will feature cascading rain shower and therapeutic air jets in various locations around the pool. There will be a Hammam (aTurkish-style steam bath), a Caldarium (Roman ceramic steam chamber), Laconium (dry heat chamber), Sensory Showers (Tropical Rain, Cold Mist, Rain Shower and Siberian), in addition to a salon, relaxation room and 18 treatment rooms.

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Seaview Bar from below.

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SeaView Bar rendering, courtesy of Princess Cruises.

Although we had nearly two hours on board, time whisked by. We stepped off onto the Deck 4 gangway, the SeaView Bar looming far above.

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Royal Bow.

It was a quick “all aboard” as the coach sped us to yet another part of the massive shipyard, our last fleeting views of the ROYAL PRINCESS through tinted glass.

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Suite sitting to bedroom.

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Suite bedroom to sitting.

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Suite bathroom.

We stopped for a brief refreshment and then toured three of the ROYAL PRINCESS’ cabin mock-ups, beginning with a handsome Suite with a separate sitting area and bedroom.

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Mini Suite.

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Mini Suite WC.

Next up, a Mini Suite, which was quite comparable with its comfy equivalents on the Grand Class.

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Veranda cabin.

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Veranda cabin wc.

And it was a “wrap” with a handsome Outside with veranda cabin.

We will be returning to the ROYAL PRINCESS in June when she makes her debut at Southampton. Much more then!

End of ROYAL PRINCESS Pre-Decked!, Part Two (Interiors and Cabin Mock-Ups)

Very Special Thanks: Julie Benson, Karen Candy, Martin Cox, Brian Henriksen

11 Responses to ROYAL PRINCESS Pre-Decked, Part Two (Interiors)

  1. Kenenth Eden

    April 1, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Looks like “Fifty Shades of Beige”. The renderings are bland. Where are the soft pastels Princess was famous for?

  2. Kalle Id

    April 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I have to disagree with Kenneth here and say the interiors look (or rather will look) very nice. Personally I’d take beige over pastels any day. Also, I can’t wait to see what the Frank Lloyd Wright -inspired dining room will look like in real life!

  3. James

    April 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I think the updates to the tired current Princess cabins are the best part of this new ship. The rest is catch up to other new ships of competing lines

  4. Phil C

    April 22, 2013 at 8:10 am

    The interiors look very elegant and restrained. A refreshing thing indeed to see interior design that doesn’t try to draw attention to itself but rather lets passengers admire detail during leisurely inspection. Well done, Princess.

  5. Glenn Paull

    May 7, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Great coverage and photos – in the Royal Bow pic why does the port bridge wing look like it is melting?

  6. Peter Knego

    May 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Hi Glenn, thank you. I’m guessing there is some distortion in the image as it was taken through a speeding bus window. All my best, Peter

  7. edvard

    May 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I can’t help but feel that the overall interior design here looks pretty gaudy and over-the-top. And while I suppose this is a generic statement, I also think that in general, many of these enormous ships are far-departed from what cruising used to be like, which was to basically have no doubt that you were on a ship in the middle of the ocean. The way the interior look here you could be anywhere, like a strip mall, theme park or land based hotel.

    I guess I’m old-fashioned. I’ve never even been on a cruise. But if I were, I want the ship I’m on to look like a ship.

  8. Kenenth Eden

    May 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

    A rose is a rose is …….come on, a ship does just what it is intended to do – SAIL and a passenger ship takes people -

    As everything changes like the tide, ships are no different – they evolve in a fashion that sets trends, and believe it or not, may actually set trends for the future far beyond any mall or chain restaurant.

    The new ships today ofer what the passwengers wants, demands, be it a mega monster ship, a medium pleaser or a sn=mall intimate ship bordering on the yacht style of cruising.

    I will not comment on what I have not done, only just to what I have, cruises on many styles forms and types of passenger carring ships.

  9. Clive Harvey

    May 30, 2013 at 1:51 am

    I do understand the bewilderment of many regarding the concept of new cruise ships as being ‘the destination.’ Indeed, I rather share that view, yet we must not lose sight of the fact ever since the development of the ocean liner there has been a certain aim to distract passenger’s attention from the potentially hostile environment outside; just think of the grand copies of baronial castles or grand chateau that were created aboard the liners of the early 20th century. Indeed, even the much-lauded interiors of the Normandie could have just as easily have been from some fabulous land-based hotel.
    That is not to say that all ships have been like this, trying to divert passenger’s attention away from the sea. I certainly agree with the view that ‘for me’ a cruise is an escape from the real world rather than taking all the trappings of it with me. But then I’m not your average traveller, let alone your average cruise passenger, my heart sinks when in some far distant place I see stores and brands that are familiar in my own home town. I’ve made the effort to travel half way around the world to experience something different, not to see more of the same. So, as you can see the very last thing that would appeal to me is a vast cruise ship stuffed with many diversions trying to keep me amused and entertained for 24 hours; especially if all this ship is going to do is mostly go around in circles – with maybe one or two stops at ports where there are 3 or 4 similar such ships already tied up and thus possibly 15,000 cruise passengers all ashore!
    So yes, for someone like me, despite the enormous number of cruise ships that are available, there are a smaller number to choose from. So one has to look more carefully at what is out there that might appeal and thankfully there remain those ships that have destination-oriented itineraries, that count their number of passengers in 100s rather than thousands and that don’t feel there is a perpetual need to entertain us.
    I do question whether all these ‘gimmicks’ that are offered are really what passengers want. Surely it is more a case of the cruise lines telling potential passengers “you really want this.” OK, if people want to buy into that then that is fine. After all, I don’t have to and neither do any of us for whom such vessels hold no appeal. But if they don’t hold any appeal then don’t just sail on the ships any way saying “well that’s all that’s available now” because if you do they’ll assume their product is what you want. Use your imagination (and your computer) and find alternative cruise ships. And perhaps we should stop thinking of the likes of Royal Princess or Quantum of the Seas as ships and regard them just as floating resorts.

  10. edvard

    May 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I’m not going to argue that these ships aren’t made for today’s clientèle whom clearly like these sort of designs. But seriously- while it is fascinating to see what some of the newer ships are like ‘innards-wise’, I can’t help but feel that the result is often tacky.

    Sure- I get the business aspects of how these work: Build a ship that will hold as many paying passengers as possible and load it up with as many themes, bars, restaurants, attractions, and activities in which to extract the maximum amount of profits. It makes a lot of sense really: They are like floating theme parks except the attendees are not going to leave it for days at a time and thus giving them as many things to do, especially things that cost money- is very ideal. I’ll even fully admit that I would love to go on at least one cruise in my lifetime on one of these big things, but more because I’m fascinated by huge machines in general and to be on one that large would be incredible.

    Given that the manufacturing of large ships is similar to how cars are mass-produced with computer controlled plasma cutters and CAD designed hulls which makes their fabrication much quicker, I’d imagine that on a tonnage-based scale today’s ships must cost a great deal less in comparison to the more labor-intensive ships of the past. So therefore another reason why making em’ bigger is better.

    I’ve loved old ships since I was probably about 7 years old. To me ships like the Normandie and SS United States were true works of art. A machine that was designed to look like a machine through and through yet had a sort of grace and elegance I am not seeing in these new ships, which if you took away the pointed front of the bow would look basically like some sort of enormous hotel floating out there.

  11. Angela hart

    June 22, 2013 at 2:49 am

    I really likes the granite look surfaces in the all day buffet. I would like to know who supplied them.

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