(December 19, 10:45 a.m. EST) -- Princess Cruises' newest ship, the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess, launching in June 2013, will feature an expanded space for children and teens that includes dedicated outdoor areas, including a new teen lounge. A new area for kids under 3 also has been added.
The teen program, dubbed Remix, is for ages 13 to 17, and will feature a brand new lounge area complete with foosball, Skee-ball and the latest video games. Also new for Princess, an outdoor lounge will be added with a teen-only wading pool, comfy seating and space for open-sky parties. In the Princess D.J. booth, music-loving teens can create playlists. Teen activities will include sports competitions, late-night movies, hip-hop dance classes, teens-only "mocktail" parties, formal dinner and video game tournaments.
For the youngest set, ages 3 to 7, the Princess Pelicans club will offer movie nights, arts and crafts, a new mini air hockey table and a new indoor play structure. The brand-new outdoor play area will feature a playground with space for tricycle riding. Popular activities return as well, including the Jr. Chef@Sea program, educational workshops, pajama and ice-cream parties, and a Kid's Fun Fair.
The Shockwaves Club, is for kids ages 8 to 12. Like Remix and Princess Pelicans, Shockwaves will also feature a new dedicated outside space, this one with lounge chairs and a variety of outdoor games. The indoor lounge will feature a giant TV, D.J. booth and arts and crafts tables with youth counselor-led classes. Activities will include pizza and ice-cream parties, and kids-only dinners.
The ship is being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Among the many features already revealed are an innovative SkyWalk, a cantilevered, glass-enclosed walkway that will extend 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship and 128 feet over the water; Princess Live! television studio; largest ever Princess Theater; an expanded thermal suite; a new approach to the Chef's Table; a sports complex featuring a laser shooting range and batting cage; and the elimination of nonbalcony outside cabins.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor