Princess Cruises announced the first major details of the line’s newest forthcoming ships yesterday at Miami’s Seatrade convention.  They have also given the ship, due in 2013, a name: Royal Princess.

An early CG render of the new Royal Princess. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Returning to their roots – and thankfully taking a break from the tradition of naming Princess ships after precious stones – Royal Princesspromises to be unique in many ways.  For starters, it’s the line’s first new megaship to not be built upon the original Grand Class design pioneered by the line in 1998 with the launch of Grand Princess

This aft rendering of Royal Princess gives a good look at her nicely terraced stern, as well as the ample aft-facing balcony staterooms. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Externally, the new Royal Princess appears reminiscent of MSC’s Fantasia-class ships, Celebrity’s Solstice-class, and Norwegian‘s popular Jewel-class ships (note the similar navigation bridge design.)  But the new 141,000-ton Royal Princess is a unique vessel in her own right.  Carrying approximately 3,600 passengers, she will be constructed at Italy’s extremely capable Fincantieri shipyard, and she’ll boast a nifty feature not found on any other ship.

The SeaWalk, suspended 128 feet above the ocean. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

Dubbed The SeaWalk, an enclosed walkway on the starboard side of Royal Princess‘s upper deck will allow passengers to literally “walk out” over the sea, while a glass-bottomed floor reveals stunning scenes of the ocean as it passes beneath guests’ feet, 128 feet below. 

The SeaWalk, as seen from this "pierside" view. Photo courtesy of Princess cruises

 On the port side, the ship will feature the SeaView Bar, offering the same incredible vistas, but with the convenience of a cool beverage. 

The attractive new pool deck arrangement is sure to be popular. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

The ship will also feature a brand-new pool deck arrangement, featuring an adults-only pool area flanked by private cabanas.  Two additional pools will border a tropical island designed to offer additional seating by day, and at night turns into a combination outdoor dance, light and water show. 

Movies Under the Stars returns aboard Royal Princess. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

The line’s signature Movies Under the Stars returns on the new Royal Princess, as does the popular Piazza Atrium concept, which will be greatly expanded. 

In addition, all ocen-view staterooms will come equipped with balconies.

Yesterday also marked a milestone in the construction of Royal Princess: at the same time Princess President & CEO Alan Buckelew was announcing her amenities, the first steel plate which will make up the ship was cut over in Italy at the Fincantieri yard, signalling the start of construction.

More details will be revealed over the next two years, but in the meantime, head on over to the Princess Cruises website for an exciting video look at the brand-new Royal Princess.


2 Responses to Princess Reveals…Royal Princess

  1. Roberto Prinselaar says:

    Just too dang big for our tastes. Maybe folks from New York city might feel right at home on that floating skyscraper.

  2. D.Reisig says:

    can’t wait for more information on it’s cruise. 2013 is a grand Princess year.

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