The 141,000-ton, 3,600-passenger Regal Princess will debut in spring 2014. The ship, a sister to June 2013's prototypical Royal Princess
, is under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.
Regal Princess will share many amenities and characteristics with its sister. These include an expanded atrium, known as the Piazza; the SeaWalk, a cantilevered, glass-enclosed walkway that will extend 28 feet beyond the ship's edge and 128 feet over the water; a series of private, for-fee poolside cabanas; an adults-only pool; a pastry shop; and the Princess Live! television studio. Moreover, all outside cabins will feature balconies -- which amounts to approximately 80 percent of accommodations having al fresco space. Take a tour of Royal Princess
As with "Royal," "Regal" is a moniker that Princess Cruises has used in the past. When Princess acquired the Sitmar Line in 1988, two still-under-construction ships were part of the deal. One of the two ships ultimately became the first Regal Princess, and sailed with the fleet until it was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia in 2007. It now sails Australia and New Zealand cruises as the Pacific Dawn.
--Above renderings are of sister ship Royal Princess.