Princess Cruises has announced that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will name Princess Cruises’ newest vessel, the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess.
The no doubt glittering, yet traditionally based event, reflecting the long history of ship naming in Britain with the blessing of the Royal Princess by Her Royal Highness and performances by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards, will take place in Southampton on 13 June, the highlight of a week of celebrations welcoming the Royal Princess into service.
“It is a great honour for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the Godmother to Royal Princess,” Princess Cruises president Alan Buckelew said.
“We are delighted that the Duchess will launch our new ship and can think of no better way to celebrate our company’s British heritage and our commitment to the country.”
Princess Cruises says that special features on board include an expanded atrium, an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship, plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water and areas described as adults only sanctuaries and retreats, the new Princess Live! television studio, the largest pastry shop at sea, 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 Royal Princess, described by Princess Cruises as a “new-generation” ship, will arrive at the Southampton’s Ocean Terminal in on Friday 7 June, where she will be visited and experienced by clients and travel agents, with a naming gala on the evening of Wednesday June 12 and the inaugural celebrations concluding with her maiden voyage on June 16, with the inaugural period of Royal Princess also including two short preview cruises prior to and following the naming.
After her maiden voyage, the Royal Princess will sail Grand Mediterranean cruises throughout the northern hemisphere summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the northern hemisphere autumn.
Source = e-TB Cruise Expert