Her Royal Highness, Kate aka: The Duchess of Cambridge will hold yet another title come June when she becomes godmother of Princess Cruises Royal Princess. The the last godmother choice aka madrina was Cruise Critic Editor Carolyn Spencer Brown–also an influential woman who has been editor of the popular Cruisecritic.com website for the last decade. I have edited this post because when I mentioned that I wondered how objective Ms. SB could be writing about Princess Cruises on her web site, she replied to me at Facebook that I should have asked her. I am also former contributor for about 10 years) to Cruisecritic.com before Carolyn’s time and one who espects the contributions that Carolyn has made to the cruise industry but what I said before editing this was “One can’t help but wonder how objective Ms. SB can be writing about Princess Cruises on Cruise Critic now that she is sort of a spokeswoman for them. Ah well, all’s fair in love and journalism as my feature editor at Newsday once told me.
Kate will break the ceremonial Champagne bottle over the spiffy new generation ship on Thursday, June 13, 2013. 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, together with contemporary highlights.
Alan Buckelew, the line’s president and CEO said “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. 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 ship will arrive at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton on Friday, June 7,2013 where she will start a series of events for clients and travel agents, including a special naming gala on the evening of Wednesday, June 12. The ship’s inaugural celebrations will conclude with her maiden voyage on June 16.
The Royal reigns in a new-generation for the cruise line with special features added such as greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; 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; 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.
During the hoopla surrounding the Royal Princess debut the company will offer two short preview cruises prior to and following the naming. After her maiden voyage the ship will sail Grand Mediterranean cruises throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the autumn.
More information and some exciting videos of the ship are available at www.princess.com/royalprincess.