I can’t believe that I first sailed with Princess Cruises when the company was just a tiny, little operation sailing back and forth from Los Angeles to the Mexica Riviera. Back in those days, the vessels were small, tiny actually on today’s standards, service was impeccable and the food was landside restaurant quality.
Much has changed, although most of the time the service is still good or at least adequate, just not as personalized as it once was, mainly due to the growth in size from less than 500 passengers to 6 times that many. The food can be good but is sometimes inconsistent, except in speciality restaurants where culinary talents excel.
Anyhow for the third time the company is building a Royal Princess and here’s how she’ll look when she makes her maiden voyage in two years:
Under construction by Fincantieri (popular builder with many cruise companies) in Monfalcone, Italy, the Royal will sport some unique elements such as an over-water SeaWalk–
a top-deck glass-bottomed enclosed walkway on the ship’s starboard side extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel. The deck will offer dramatic views, including to the sea 128 feet below. A similarly-unique cantilevered SeaView bar, featuring cocktails with unbeatable vistas will be located on portside.
There will also be a new adults-only pool surrounded by seven private cabanas that appear to float on the water; another two pools flanking a tropical island that will offer pool seating by day, and by night will become an outdoor dance club, complete with a dazzling water and light show; and Princess’ signature Sanctuary for adults.
According to company president and CEO, Alan Buckelew, “Princess passengers will easily recognize our next ship as a natural progression in our fleet.”
Sticking with the latest ship design trend all of Royal’s outside staterooms will sport much in demand balconies.
Interested Princess fans should check out the video at: http://www.princess.com/royalprincess.
And guess what! A sister ship to Royal Princess will be launched in spring 2014.
Even more information about Princess Cruises at 1-800-PRINCESS, or at www.princess.com.
About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising thanks in part to the long running TV series The Love Boat (now in syndication worldwide) , Princess Cruises operates globally, toting about 1.3 million passenger yearly, and is part of Carnival Corporation. Find us: