Finally the brand new cruise ship from Princess Cruises arrived into Southampton following lots of anticipation and excitement.
Ever since it was announced that Princess Cruises were coming out with a new ship, everyone has been so eager to see it and finally Royal Princess arrived on Saturday and did not disappoint.
A spectacular arrival was put on as the ship was welcomed by a musical salute from the Southampton University Brass Band. The band serenaded Royal Princess with a performance of 'God Save the Queen' as the ship sailed into Southampton harbour.
Royal Princess will be officially named on Thursday 13th June by Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Leading up to this will be a week of exciting events to celebrate the launch. This weekend thousands of travel trade partners were invited onboard for a one night spectacular including a five course meal, special presentations and a performance from RnB singer, Lemar.
Jan Holmes, Executive Vice President of Princess Cruises said “What an extraordinary welcome Royal Princess received for her arrival in Southampton.”
The brand new 141,000 tonne ship can hold up to 3,600 passengers and boasts some amazing features. The 26,000 square feet of public space hosts many bars, restaurants, theatres and evening venues.
An exciting industry first that Royal Princess presents is the new SeaWalk. This is a unique glass bottomed walkway that extends 28ft from the ship's edge and 128ft above the ocean, allowing guests to experience similar views to the bridge.
The pool deck has beautiful swimming pools that display private cabanas that appear to float in the water. Another exciting feature on the pool deck is the ‘Movie under the stars’ concept where guests can enjoy watching movies on a large outdoor screen on comfortable lounge chairs.
At the heart of Royal Princess is the largest Atrium at sea, providing a stunning centre piece for the ship, lined with elevating platforms of cafes, bars and seating areas.
After the ship's naming ceremony on Thursday it will start its Mediterranean maiden voyages, visiting popular European destinations including Venice, Rome and Barcelona.
By Sally Grimes