Princess Cruises' long-awaited Tahitian Princess has debuted. Tahitian Princess, which was christened in Papeete by Madame Tonita Flosse, the First Lady of French Polynesia, will sail year-round there. There are three itineraries, all using Papeete as a home base; it will sail most frequently on a ten-day French Polynesia/Cook Islands itinerary, which features overnights in Raiatea, Papeete and Bora Bora. There also will be eight itineraries that explore the Marquesa islands and another series that include Samoa. The first "official" voyage departs on December 24.
In other Princess news, the twice-delayed Coral Princess is getting its official shipyard send-off. The 88,000-ton, 1,970-passenger ship, the first in a new class for Princess, departs its French shipyard yard today and will
sail to Ft. Lauderdale. Coral Princess will feature 10-day itineraries through the Panama Canal from its home base at Port Everglades. Its "new" debut date -- January 3 -- is firm, according to sources at Princess.