|Princess Cruises announced today that its next new ship -- a sister to Caribbean Princess -- will debut as Crown Princess. The ship, which also will sail the Caribbean on a year-round basis, launches in May 2006.|
While most definitely a sibling to the 116,000-ton, 3,110-passenger Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess will debut some new-to-Princess features. Among these are new restaurants (such as the International Cafe for pastries and snacks), a wine and seafood bar, pub fare on tap in the Wheelhouse Bar, and an expanded top-deck location for Sabatini's Trattoria. Sterling Steakhouse will evolve into a new eatery; in its new incarnation it will feature an open, theater-style kitchen (with an eat-up bar).
Other changes? Skywalker's disco will get a new design and the Lotus Spa will be expanded to a two-story establishment.
Princess fans will also see many similarities to Caribbean Princess, including "Movies Under the Stars," the evening transformation of the lido buffet into the Caribe Cafe, a wedding chapel, Scholarship@Sea classes, and a sprawling kids' and teens' center.
If "Crown Princess" sounds familiar that's because the line's former ship of the same name only departed the fleet in 2002. Today, it sails as A'Rosa Blu for Aida Cruises, Princess' German-oriented sister line.