Princess Cruises reveal name of latest vessel

Southampton cruise ship operator, Princess Cruises, has revealed the name of the second of its new generation of vessels designed for the 21st century.

As the keel was laid for the new ship, Princess Cruises announced she will be called, Regal Princess, and will be the class as Royal Princess, which will be officially named in Southampton next year.

Regal Princess will debut in Spring, 2014, exactly one year after her sister ship will be inaugurated in a spectacular dockside ceremony in the city’s mdocks.

Princess Cruises and officials at the Italian shipyard, where both vessels are being constructed, started the countdown to Regal Princess’s launch as the keel was lowered into position on the floor of the building dry dock.

Following a traditional blessing by a local priest, the ship’s keel, weighing about 500 tons, was moved by a huge crane onto the keel blocks.

The computer-guided manoeuvre took only minutes, but Regal Princess will take a total of two million man hours to complete.

The 141,000 ton ships , with enough accommodation for up to 3,600 passengers, will remain in the dry dock until she is “floated out’’ to a nearby fitting out berth next summer.

Alan Buckelew, presidnet and chief executive of Princess Cruises, said: “Just as Royal Princess was named after one of our iconic early vessels, Regal Princess also takes the name from our past that, we think, is well suited for this spectacular ship.

“The keel laying marks a ket milestone in our new building programme.’’

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11:30am Wed 29 Aug 12

georgetheseventh says...

Mmmmm..'the keel laying marks a ket milestone'..velly interesting.
Mmmmm..'the keel laying marks a ket milestone'..velly interesting. georgetheseventh
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12:39pm Wed 29 Aug 12

wood31 says...

Likewise... "dockside ceremony in the city’s mdocks."
Likewise... "dockside ceremony in the city’s mdocks." wood31
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3:51pm Wed 29 Aug 12

bazzeroz says...

WHY DOESN'T THE SAINTS FOOTBALLER THAT WAS ARRESTED FOR D/D GET ANY COMMENTS ?? IF IT WAS JOE BLOGGS YOU'D PROBABLY ALLOW COMMENTS!! ONE RULE FOR THE PRIVILEGED IS IT?? HOPE HE GETS 3 YEARS BAN AND A £5000 FINE BUT NO DOUBT HE WON'T.
WHY DOESN'T THE SAINTS FOOTBALLER THAT WAS ARRESTED FOR D/D GET ANY COMMENTS ?? IF IT WAS JOE BLOGGS YOU'D PROBABLY ALLOW COMMENTS!! ONE RULE FOR THE PRIVILEGED IS IT?? HOPE HE GETS 3 YEARS BAN AND A £5000 FINE BUT NO DOUBT HE WON'T. bazzeroz
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4:11pm Wed 29 Aug 12

mtdiablo says...

someone's a bit touchy.
someone's a bit touchy. mtdiablo
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9:16am Thu 30 Aug 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

bazzeroz wrote:
WHY DOESN'T THE SAINTS FOOTBALLER THAT WAS ARRESTED FOR D/D GET ANY COMMENTS ?? IF IT WAS JOE BLOGGS YOU'D PROBABLY ALLOW COMMENTS!! ONE RULE FOR THE PRIVILEGED IS IT?? HOPE HE GETS 3 YEARS BAN AND A £5000 FINE BUT NO DOUBT HE WON'T.
No need to shout, best to comment on the Sports threads, nobody is too bothered on here. Being judgemental without having the facts is out of order, the guy was caught, he will be punished, both by the Courts and the Football Club, he made a serious mistake because he is human and silly, you are the perfect specimen I suppose who has never and will never make a rickett I suppose?
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: WHY DOESN'T THE SAINTS FOOTBALLER THAT WAS ARRESTED FOR D/D GET ANY COMMENTS ?? IF IT WAS JOE BLOGGS YOU'D PROBABLY ALLOW COMMENTS!! ONE RULE FOR THE PRIVILEGED IS IT?? HOPE HE GETS 3 YEARS BAN AND A £5000 FINE BUT NO DOUBT HE WON'T.[/p][/quote]No need to shout, best to comment on the Sports threads, nobody is too bothered on here. Being judgemental without having the facts is out of order, the guy was caught, he will be punished, both by the Courts and the Football Club, he made a serious mistake because he is human and silly, you are the perfect specimen I suppose who has never and will never make a rickett I suppose? OSPREYSAINT
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7:37pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Why not build them... Oh, no, Southampton's ship building industry got shut down years ago didn't it, bit of a stupid move really, would have been nice to see Southampton built ships sailing the globe and people looking in awe as they returned to their birth place, oh well, at least we still have the hovercraft industry.
Why not build them... Oh, no, Southampton's ship building industry got shut down years ago didn't it, bit of a stupid move really, would have been nice to see Southampton built ships sailing the globe and people looking in awe as they returned to their birth place, oh well, at least we still have the hovercraft industry. Ginger_cyclist
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