Princess Cruises, one of the best known names in cruising, with a fleet of 17 modern ships, will hold a ceremony in Southampton on 13 June 2013 where Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, will name the newest addition to the Princess Cruise Line’s fleet, “Royal Princess”.
Royal Princess will arrive at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton on 7 June, where a series of events will take place, including a special naming gala.
The naming of Royal Princess by The Duchess will be the highlight of the week long inaugural celebrations to welcome the vessel into service.
The spectacular ceremony will uphold British ship naming traditions including the blessing, a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards.
Alan Buckelew, the Line’s President and CEO said “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. 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.”
Some of the special features to be found on board the new 3,600 passenger Royal Princess will be a greatly expanded atrium, which is always the social hub of the ship and the plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water. Another feature is that all outside cabins will have balconies. The largest pastry shop at sea and the new Princess Live! television studio will enhance life on board, along with a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, that will offer passengers a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light. For the adventurous, an over-water SeaWalk with a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship, that should get the adrenalin flowing.
The inaugural period will also include two short preview cruises prior to and following the naming. The celebrations will conclude with Royal Princess’ maiden voyage on 16 June. Following the maiden voyage Royal Princess will be cruising the Mediterranean throughout the European summer, after which she will sail to the Eastern Caribbean for Northern Hemisphere Autumn cruising.