Jul/Aug 2013 Issue
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Let New Princess’ Reign Begin

The Royal Princess, the largest ship ever from Princess Cruises, sets sail this year with a boatload of new innovative features.

Princess Cruises’ will be celebrating the new year in a big way—by launching the majestic Royal Princess in June. No other vessel by the line ever has made such a splash with its size. In fact, at 141,000 tons, the Royal Princess is larger than one of the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.

All that size means each of the Royal Princess’ 3,600 passengers will have that much more to celebrate when they are aboard. What they will enjoy are exciting new innovations and special touches, as well as popular signature venues that define a cruising experience with Princess.

PrincessSailing in Style
Some of the new ship’s biggest—and most noticeable—enhance­ments will be dramatically revealed in the magnifi­cent piazza-style Atrium, which has been expand­ed by 50 percent over what’s typical on another Princess cruise ship. This three-deck, bustling hub of the ship also will debut new and exciting culinary and entertainment options. In addition, the Atrium will serve as the home of Princess’s latest boutique, Celebrations.

In another first, the Royal Princess will unveil its impressive Sea Walk on the top deck. After experiencing this industry-first feature, passengers surely will not be satisfied with any ordinary walk on the deck of another vessel.

The Sea Walk is a glass-bottom promenade that is cantilevered 128 feet above the ocean and extended 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship—meaning guests will be “suspended” in air, thrilling to the one-of-a-kind view of the sea. Coupled with the nearby Sea View Bar, the Sea Walk will provide a truly memorable set­ting for sipping cocktails and enjoying a magnificent vista.

In other developments worthy of ship of this magnitude, Princess looks to showcase more new offerings to Royal Princess’ passengers.  One example is what will be waiting in the Princess Live! television studio, where cruisers will be able to watch the ship’s daily The Wake Show broadcasts and be part of the live studio audi­ence. Added examples include entertainment options such as a batting cage, laser-shooting range and a new variation on the at-sea jogging track.

Festive Flavors
In the wake of all that is new and exciting on the Royal Princess, the cruise line has been careful to maintain popular amenities passengers have come to expect. Accordingly, Princess’ signature dining favorites—Tuscan-inspired Sabatini’s, the Crown Grill and Vines Wine Bar, among others—will be on hand to serve unbelievable cuisine to everyone who picks up a fork. But guests also will be able to try a host of impressive new venues, too.

Anyone looking to satisfy a longing for an Italian flare will be delighted to discover the Bellini Bar, while the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar will serve up the catch of the day. Meanwhile, Gelato, a colorful gelateria, will take care of the sweetest sweet tooth. It is sure to refresh with its decadent desserts, as will the new Pastry Shop at Horizon Court, which will offer a tantalizing variety of freshly made sweets and feature a full-range coffee bar.

PrincessRelax and Rejuvenate—Royally
Out on Royal Princess’ top deck, passengers will discover the largest-ever swimming pool located on a Princess ship. Beyond its size, the pool will impress at night, when it will transform to host a scintillating water-and-light show. Plus, Hollywood will be poolside, thanks to the super-size “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor movie screen that will be sure to thrill those lounging about.

Another pool, this one the new adults-only Retreat Pool, will be situated near the enhanced Sanctuary. Enhancements include Princess firsts, such as four private cabanas that can be reserved. Inside each cabana will be sofas, a television, robes, slippers, and a welcome cocktail and snacks. And the Lotus Spa, which will feature a sophisticated décor and its own exclusive couples’ villas, is now conveniently located just off the Atrium. Inside the Lotus Spa, guests can luxuriate in the Enclave, which will offer therapeutic treatments.

New amenities are not aimed solely at adult passengers, as there will be increased opportunities for the very young, as well as teens, to have their own fun. There will be playgrounds and tricycles for the little cruisers, video games and a TV lounge for the tweens, and DJs and areas to hang out for the oldest kids.

But Royal Princess’ passengers will not have to leave their staterooms to enjoy signature comfort and luxury. Every stateroom will feature an inviting, contemporary design and will include a 37-inch flat-screen television. There also will be new offerings, such as the new Deluxe Balcony stateroom with many mini-suite touches, including a sofa-bed couch.

Slipping the Lines
Those eager to see Royal Princess take to sea will get their collective wish when the ship debuts with voyages in the Mediterranean Sea beginning in June.  After that, the ship will cross the Atlantic to embark on journeys in the eastern Caribbean Sea. And not to be content with the mold-breaking it has done with Royal Princess, the cruise line will be debuting Royal Princess’ sister ship, the Regal Princess, in spring 2014.

For more information about the Royal Princess, visit www.princess.com. For trip-planning assistance in booking a once-in-a-lifetime cruise, visit AAA.com/travel.