Princess Cruises have announced ’20 new things you don’t know about Royal Princess‘ at Cruise Shipping Miami this week ahead of her launch in June.
The 3,600-passenger vessel will host many firsts for the line including a Vegas-like top deck, a plus-size atrium, the highly-anticpated glass-bottomed SeaWalk, SeaView Bar and the largest-ever ‘Lotus Spa’.
1. On-demand stateroom entertainment
Passengers will be privy to a new generation of entertainment from the comfort of their stateroom with hundreds of complimentary on-demand movies, television shows and a live feed to Royal Princess’ ‘Princess Live!’
2. Brand-new production shows
Four new production shows will be debuted aboard Royal Princess including: “Colours of the World” taking passengers on a journey through the destinations Princess Cruises visits; “Spectacular!”; “Sweet Soul Music”; and “What the World Needs Now” an elegant tribute to the 1960s.
3. A tea-lovers delight
A tea sommelier will guide passengers through a choice of 250 tea blends at the ‘Tea Tower’ located in the ship’s central Piazza.
With a choice of sampling pre-blended varieties or creating their own custom blends, passengers can take part in tea tasting events and the new ‘Royal Afternoon Tea Experience’.
4. Art and architecture tour
Passengers will be invited to take part in a self-guided tour of Royal Princess, using their smart phone or tablet, to take in 30 pieces of art. A QR code will be featured at each artwork detailing facts about the artist and the piece of art.
5. Outdoor art installation
Marine artist, Wyland, has been commissioned to create a custom piece of sea-inspired art that will be available for viewing on the top deck.
6. Bartenders get their “Cocktail” on
The innovative SeaView Bar will showcase the talents of the Royal Princess bartenders at midday and sunset with bottle-tossing and mixing the name of the game.
7. Whiskey tasting
Three different whiskey tastings will be featured in the ‘Wheelhouse Bar’ with passengers able to select from single malts, three “Glens” and more.
8. Pub lunch daily
The ‘Wheelhouse Bar’ will offer an English-style full pub lunch on sea days with fish and chips and a ploughman’s lunch on offer on port days.
9. Princess@Sea mobile intranet
Passengers will have access to daily updates about entertainment, onboard deals, weather and port news along with their onboard account, in the palm of their hand with the new Princess@Sea intranet available for download on smart phones or tablets.
10. ‘Royal Indulgence Package’ in The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary adults-only retreat will offer a ‘Royal Indulgence Package’ for four people priced at USD$3,000 that will offer all-day massages, gourmet food and beverages.
11. ‘Concierge Lounge’ for Suite guests
Suite guests will have access to the exclusive ‘Concierge Lounge’ that will offer full front desk services, light snacks and beverages.
Concierge staff will offer assistance with shore excursions, specialty dining or reservations at the ‘Lotus Spa’ with the lounge doubling up as a private disembarkation lounge for Suite guests.
12. Largest gelato menu at sea
Royal Princess’ new gelateria will feature a menu of eight flavours prepared by the ship’s pastry chef along with more than 20 toppings and sauces, sundaes, waffle cones and sweet crepes.
13. Sabatini’s bites with wine tasting
‘Vines’ wine bar on Deck 5 will now offer small sample bites of Italian restaurant ‘Sabatini’s’ menu to accompany its wine tasting. Samples will include dishes such as: Tuscan brochettes; beef carpaccio; and lamb chop lollipops.
14. Largest outdoor movie screen at sea
The innovator when it comes to ‘Movies Under the Stars’, Princess Cruises has announced that the screen aboard Royal Princess will be 30 percent larger than her sister vessels and the largest at sea.
15. Interactive photo gallery
Passengers will no longer have to search rows of photos in the photo gallery with the introduction of digital kiosks that use facial recognition technology to assist in the search. Passengers will be able to save favourites, customise prints and access special deals via the kiosk.
16. Princess Live!
The onboard television studio will feature programming from 8am until midnight daily with a capacity for just under 300 passengers.
Shows will include: live talk shows; the daily “Wake Show”, demonstrations and performers and will offer the opportunity for passengers to meet the ship’s entertainers, play games and enjoy refreshments from the in-studio cafe.
17. Four different water and music shows
The dancing fountains featured on the top deck of Royal Princess will feature daily and nightly performances of four separate themed sequences to music with the ‘Movies Under the Stars’ screen included in each show.
18. The most Super Tuscan wines at sea
More than 20 Super Tuscan wines will be on offer in ‘Sabatini’s’ including Masseto, Solaia and Tignanello.
‘Sabatini’s’ will also host a Super Tuscan Wine Tasting event.
19. Largest complimentary pizza restaurant at sea
‘Alfredo’s Pizza’ will feature 121 seats making it the largest pizza restaurant at sea and will offer an expanded menu of freshly made Neapolitan-style pizzas, calzones, flatbreads and baked pasta.
20. Princess’ greenest ship
Royal Princess has been designed to improve energy efficiancy and reduce carbon emissions. The ship will showcase such green features as: an efficient hull and propeller design reducing fuel consumption; a distributed air conditioning system; and low energy lighting throughout the ship.
Royal Princess will be based year-round out of the new Cruise Terminal 2 in Port Everglades.