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Princess Cruises’ newbuild, Royal Princess, will be named by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. The ceremony in Southampton, scheduled for Thursday, June 13, will be the highlight of a weeklong inaugural celebration to welcome the vessel into service.
“It is a great honor for Princess Cruises that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge has accepted our invitation to become the godmother to Royal Princess,” said Alan Buckelew, the line’s president and CEO. “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.”
The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new generation vessel with a greatly expanded atrium; an overwater SeaWalk, a glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water; a new Princess Live! television studio; one of the largest pastry shops 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.
After her maiden voyage, Royal Princess will sail Grand Mediterranean cruises throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the fall.