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Date Published: March 26, 2013
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Princess Cruise Ships: A Float-Out, A Ship Tour – And New Features Revealed
(8 a.m. EDT) -- Cruise Critic members have nominated the Seawalk, the various new eateries in the Horizon's buffet venue, the expanded Piazza and the adults-only Retreat swimming pool as the features they most want to know about on Princess Cruises' new ship, Royal Princess.

In a poll we are running on our message boards these three features have garnered nearly two thirds of the total votes cast.

Princess is hosting a ship tour of Royal Princess at the Monfalcone shipyard, part of the Fincantieri group, in Italy today -- and they've also scheduled the float out of its sister ship Regal Princess, which will debut in spring next year. Cruise Critic is on hand for both events, which follow a visit to see Royal Princess in September 2012, when the ship was little more than a steel superstructure. Today, with just over two months to go, most of the new features of this evolutionary cruise ship design should have taken shape. Royal Princess will have taken the same form as the renderings Princess Cruises' released at the beginning of the ship's birthing process -- with many more cosmetic details.

On top of a ship's tour, with a special focus on cabins, Royal Princess' sister -- Regal Princess -- will receive a float out ceremony, in which the dry dock on which it's rested will be flooded with seawater. This near-identical vessel, which is being built in the same yard, near Trieste, has finished its initial construction phase.

Royal Princess is generating a fairly unprecedented excitement on Cruise Critic about both its new features and its twists on the line's favorite aspects. “Everything Royal Princess,” a popular thread, has already notched up some 1,150 responses.

dmwnc1959, who started it off, tells us why this ship is catching on:

“Most of what everyone has expressed as a feature they want to see most of all are the ones that are on the poll with the addition of the expanded atrium, the larger expanded venues in the atrium like Vines, Alfredo's, and the International Cafe, the Dueling Glass Pianos in Crooners, the Chefs Table Lumiere, the Light and Water Shows, and the overall fact that it's a brand new ship of a new design.

Tell us what you'd like to know about the new ship.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief





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