Princess Cruises have announced the fitness features for their forthcoming flagship, Royal Princess. The new ships will boast fun new features, such as a batting cage and a laser shooting range.
Royal Princess is currently in the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and is due to debut in June 2013. Over the coming months more announcements are expected, following the previous news on Royal Princess's dining options. Princess are bringing a few firsts to their ships, such as the double lane jogging track — that features a circuit program with outdoor exercise stations set at intervals along the track — which has proven popular on sister line Carnival's newest ships, Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze.
The Royal Princess mobile batting cage is another cruising first, though Norwegian Cruise Lines do have a pop-up version onboard Norwegian Epic. The batting cage will feature as part of Princess Sports Central on decks 18 & 19 — which also features the centre court that can be used for tennis, basketball, volleyball and badminton. Another new addition to Princess Sports Central is the laser shooting range, also a cruising first.
The upper deck will feature a lawn court, which is an artificial grassy area for boules, croquet and lawn bowling. A further addition is the game lounge, that will offer ping pong and virtual games with the Xbox Kinect — great for escaping the midday sunshine or rainy days at sea.
There will of course be the usual golf simulator, fully fledged fitness centre and Princess Cruises' Lotus Spa.
Royal Princess, at 3,600 passengers, will be among the largest ships in the Princess fleet. But unlike other ships with the same capacity, the ship will be slightly larger in size and with a more efficient lay-out, meaning much larger public spaces, without compromising elsewhere onboard. And with all the great food onboard, these fitness facilities will definitely be needed!
Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort