Princess Cruises have recently announced that their latest cruise ship, Regal Princess, will debut a full 13 days earlier than previously planned. The ship had been due to launch on the second of June 2014, but will now launch on May 27th.
Princess Cruises has added 2 week-long itineraries to fill the extra two weeks. Both are Mediterranean sailings and the launch will see Regal Princess sailing from Venice to Athens. Passengers who were originally booked for the inaugural cruise on June 2nd have had their bookings moved to the launch sailing on May 20th but have until the 15th of November to decide if they would rather sail on this date or honour their existing booking.
Regal Princess will be the sister ship to Royal Princess, which was launched on the 16th of August of this year. It will have capacity for three and a half thousand passengers and will offer ‘exciting new innovations and signature features’.
Some of these features are set to be a larger and more spacious atrium area with more entertainment on offer and a larger selection of dining options. It will also have the largest top deck pool ever seen on a Princess Cruise ship which will include an exciting water and light show that is sure to appeal to both children and adults.
As with Royal Princess, Regal Princess will also have the brand new SeaWalk experience. This is an evolutionary design which is a glass enclosed walking area which is cantilevered looks straight down onto the sea 128 feet below! ‘With vistas as exciting and exhilarating as the captain sees from the bridge’ this is one feature that is definitely not for the feint-hearted.
The atrium area of Regal Princess is set to be up to 50% bigger than other Princess ships (excluding Royal Princess – the two are set to be identical). Leading off from the atrium will be plenty of casual dining options including Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar, Alfredo’s Pizzeria and Gelato.
There will also be a number of performances and entertainment taking place in the ship’s main atrium area. There will also be a number of bars leading off the atrium including Bellii’s Bar, Crooner’s and many more.
Another feature which is sure to appeal to passengers is the fact that every single outside stateroom on board Regal Princess will have a balcony.
Entertainment is set to be a focus on the new Regal Princess and there will be a number of new entertainment areas on board as well as new and exciting forms of entertainment. The popular Movies Under the Stars concept will see a giant screen 30% larger than on board other ships on the pool deck. This area will provide guests with the chance to watch movies, sporting events and concerts in the open-air.
The Princess Theatre is set to be the largest theatre yet and will feature architectural lighting and technical effects. Princess Live! is set to be a TV studio at sea that will show broadcast-ready events that will include live concerts, comedy shows, culinary shows and game shows.
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