January 17, 2002
Here’s some Princess news totally unrelated to its merger-acquisition triangle with Carnival and Royal Caribbean (for more on that, check in tomorrow): the cruise line will efficiently combine its ship naming -- and shipyard handover -- events on January 25th at Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy. Once over with, Star Princess will head east on a 15-day positioning cruise to Singapore. From there, the 2,600-passenger, 109,000 ton ship -- part of the Grand Princess family -- will host a 26-day inaugural across the Pacific. Star Princess will spend the spring offering Mexican Riviera itineraries and it’s the largest West Coast-based ship (don’t look for Star to chug through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean any item soon (or, frankly, at all); she’s too big to fit. Star Princess will spend the summer in Alaska. In other news, Princess is unveiling some new touches to its onboard kids program. Dubbing it “Princess Kids,” the expanded program, which debuts this month, will feature additions such as complimentary in-port programming and lunch service and learning-based activities in conjunction with the California Science Center. Look for science-based activities geared to ports-of-call, such as stargazing, ocean and coral reef habitat studies, building and racing sailboats, launching rockets, and squid dissection.