ROYAL PRINCESS Imminent!

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Princess Cruises’ brand new, 141,000 gross ton, 3,600 passenger MV ROYAL PRINCESS is entering Southampton’s Solent as this is being posted. The ship will be christened next week in a gala event featuring a very pregnant godmother Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, second in line to the British throne.

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MV ROYAL PRINCESS at Monfalcone. Photo by and copyright Maurizio Eliseo 2013.

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ROYAL PRINCESS at Monfalcone. Photo by and copyright Maurizio Eliseo 2013.

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MV ROYAL PRINCESS. Courtesy of Princess Cruises.

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MV ROYAL PRINCESS. Courtesy of Princess Cruises.

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MV ROYAL PRINCESS. Courtesy of Princess Cruises.

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MV ROYAL PRINCESS. Courtesy of Princess Cruises.

MaritimeMatters’ Peter Knego will be spending several days on the ROYAL PRINCESS and will be reporting live from the event next week. In the meantime, here are some images of the ship in drydock, taken by Maurizio Eliseo on May 23 and 24 before she departed Monfalcone for the U.K. The striking views of the ROYAL PRINCESS plowing through the Mediterranean are courtesy of Princess Cruises.

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Peter Knego

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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