2013 naming for first of new wave of superships

Daily Echo: Artist’s impression of how the 141,000-ton Royal Princess will look at sea. Artist’s impression of how the 141,000-ton Royal Princess will look at sea.

THE first in the next generation of 21st century superships, Royal Princess, is on course to be revealed to the world in Southampton next year.

At 141,000 tons and able to carry up to 3,600 passengers, Royal Princess, bristling with on-board facilities never before seen on a cruise ship, will be officially named in a spectacular ceremony on Southampton’s waterfront in June 2013.

The choice of Southampton by Carnival Corporation, the Miamibased cruise ship empire, as the venue for this prestigious international event reflects the important and influential role the city now has in this multi-billion-pound maritime sector.

Royal Princess, the latest vessel destined to join the growing Princess Cruises fleet of 16 ships , is under construction in Italy.

It will undertake a number of preview cruises from Southampton leading up to her maiden voyage.

For the remainder of the 2013 summer season, Royal Princess will be based in the Mediterranean.

Although Princess Cruises has already released a huge amount of information about Royal Princess, no details of who will name the ship – the third vessel to bear the name in the company’s history – or what form the ceremony will take have been revealed.

A spokesman for Princess Cruises, said: “Royal Princess will be without doubt one of the most remarkable ships Southampton has ever seen, and the celebrations surrounding her entry into service will be equally spectacular.’’ The ship is nowat an advanced stage of construction and later this month she is due to be floated out of her present dry dock and moved to a nearby fitting-out berth before undergoing a demanding programme of sea trials.

The most striking new design element is an over-water “SeaWalk’’, a top-deck glass-bottomed enclosed walkway on the ship’s starboard side extending more than 28ft beyond the edge of the vessel.

From here passengers will have dramatic views, including to the waves 128ft below, while on the ship’s port side, guests will find a similarly unique cantilevered “SeaView’’ bar.

Princess Cruises has already introduced an open-air cinema on a number of its ships, but on Royal Princess this facility will be expanded in size and be equipped with a highdefinition viewing system.

All of Royal Princess’s outside cabins, which make up more than 80 per cent of her 1,780 staterooms, will feature a private balcony.

A sister ship to Royal Princess will be launched in spring 2014.

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9:54am Wed 15 Aug 12

Inform Al says...

Looks like Wyndham Court on water, think I'll stick to sail.
Looks like Wyndham Court on water, think I'll stick to sail. Inform Al
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10:10am Wed 15 Aug 12

Huffter says...

I must go to the opticians - at first I thought it said something about an open-air enema!
I must go to the opticians - at first I thought it said something about an open-air enema! Huffter
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11:59am Wed 15 Aug 12

Murray mint says...

Gosh, just reading a Cussler book called Plague Ship (thanks dad) wouldn't have wanted to be stuck in the middle of the Med on this one.
Gosh, just reading a Cussler book called Plague Ship (thanks dad) wouldn't have wanted to be stuck in the middle of the Med on this one. Murray mint
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12:29pm Wed 15 Aug 12

The Wickham Man says...

Couldn't they stick a funnel on it, just for old time's sake?
Couldn't they stick a funnel on it, just for old time's sake? The Wickham Man
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1:00pm Wed 15 Aug 12

Mr E says...

Oh dear - another Ocean going block of flats. Whatever happened to designing ships that look like ships ?
Oh dear - another Ocean going block of flats. Whatever happened to designing ships that look like ships ? Mr E
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1:59pm Wed 15 Aug 12

wishilivedabroad says...

yes, because we really need another one !
Well I suppose in years to come when the UK - a small island at that - is swamped with more and more immigrants and ends up sinking, we can always set sail for a life on the ocean, - bit like WALL-E only on sea instead of space !
yes, because we really need another one ! Well I suppose in years to come when the UK - a small island at that - is swamped with more and more immigrants and ends up sinking, we can always set sail for a life on the ocean, - bit like WALL-E only on sea instead of space ! wishilivedabroad
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2:43pm Wed 15 Aug 12

WECOMING4U says...

Bring the QE2 back as a floating hotel for all these extra people that will be staying in this Premiership city!
Bring the QE2 back as a floating hotel for all these extra people that will be staying in this Premiership city! WECOMING4U
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2:52pm Wed 15 Aug 12

southy says...

Carnival Corporation have committed social dumping
Carnival Corporation have committed social dumping southy
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2:53pm Wed 15 Aug 12

hulla baloo says...

wishilivedabroad wrote:
yes, because we really need another one !
Well I suppose in years to come when the UK - a small island at that - is swamped with more and more immigrants and ends up sinking, we can always set sail for a life on the ocean, - bit like WALL-E only on sea instead of space !
Seems it is neede, or they would not have gone to the expense of building it.
[quote][p][bold]wishilivedabroad[/bold] wrote: yes, because we really need another one ! Well I suppose in years to come when the UK - a small island at that - is swamped with more and more immigrants and ends up sinking, we can always set sail for a life on the ocean, - bit like WALL-E only on sea instead of space ![/p][/quote]Seems it is neede, or they would not have gone to the expense of building it. hulla baloo
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2:54pm Wed 15 Aug 12

john-987 says...

I cant wait for Royal Princess to start sailing, the facilities on board will make for a great cruise holiday and i need to get on board.
I cant wait for Royal Princess to start sailing, the facilities on board will make for a great cruise holiday and i need to get on board. john-987
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5:10pm Wed 15 Aug 12

espanuel says...

Bring back when ships looked like ships and not a block of floating flats.with an amusement arcade in the middle.
Bring back when ships looked like ships and not a block of floating flats.with an amusement arcade in the middle. espanuel
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5:13pm Wed 15 Aug 12

southy says...

espanuel wrote:
Bring back when ships looked like ships and not a block of floating flats.with an amusement arcade in the middle.
Agree with you
[quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: Bring back when ships looked like ships and not a block of floating flats.with an amusement arcade in the middle.[/p][/quote]Agree with you southy
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6:25pm Wed 15 Aug 12

Chas O'Bursledon says...

john-987 wrote:
I cant wait for Royal Princess to start sailing, the facilities on board will make for a great cruise holiday and i need to get on board.
You might as well spend a week in Canary Wharf! At east you would be able to get away! It's a monstrosity.
[quote][p][bold]john-987[/bold] wrote: I cant wait for Royal Princess to start sailing, the facilities on board will make for a great cruise holiday and i need to get on board.[/p][/quote]You might as well spend a week in Canary Wharf! At east you would be able to get away! It's a monstrosity. Chas O'Bursledon
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7:37pm Wed 15 Aug 12

X Old Bill says...

Not exactly the 'first of a new wave' - Princess (aka Carnival) are just playing catch up with Royal Caribbean.

Customers/Passengers
/Guests want balconies - so ships are built with balconies - lots of them.
More people on a bigger ship is more economical to run, therefore the prices can be kept lower.
When on-board you only see the interiors, so who cares what it looks like from the quay?

It's all driven by the market and by profits.
Not exactly the 'first of a new wave' - Princess (aka Carnival) are just playing catch up with Royal Caribbean. Customers/Passengers /Guests want balconies - so ships are built with balconies - lots of them. More people on a bigger ship is more economical to run, therefore the prices can be kept lower. When on-board you only see the interiors, so who cares what it looks like from the quay? It's all driven by the market and by profits. X Old Bill
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7:37pm Wed 15 Aug 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Is that the flats at Weston Shore floating by.
Is that the flats at Weston Shore floating by. Fatty x Ford Worker
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1:51am Thu 16 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

Mr E wrote:
Oh dear - another Ocean going block of flats. Whatever happened to designing ships that look like ships ?
Maybe they will do that with the next one - just to keep you happy! Idiot
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Oh dear - another Ocean going block of flats. Whatever happened to designing ships that look like ships ?[/p][/quote]Maybe they will do that with the next one - just to keep you happy! Idiot andysaints007
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1:52am Thu 16 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

X Old Bill wrote:
Not exactly the 'first of a new wave' - Princess (aka Carnival) are just playing catch up with Royal Caribbean.

Customers/Passengers

/Guests want balconies - so ships are built with balconies - lots of them.
More people on a bigger ship is more economical to run, therefore the prices can be kept lower.
When on-board you only see the interiors, so who cares what it looks like from the quay?

It's all driven by the market and by profits.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]X Old Bill[/bold] wrote: Not exactly the 'first of a new wave' - Princess (aka Carnival) are just playing catch up with Royal Caribbean. Customers/Passengers /Guests want balconies - so ships are built with balconies - lots of them. More people on a bigger ship is more economical to run, therefore the prices can be kept lower. When on-board you only see the interiors, so who cares what it looks like from the quay? It's all driven by the market and by profits.[/p][/quote]Well said andysaints007
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