Details have been revealed by Princess Cruises on their newest vessel, The Royal Princess, which weighs in at 141,000 tons and will carry 3,600 passengers, making her slightly bigger than last year’s major debuts, the Disney Dream, Carnival Magic and Celebrity Silhouette. Royal Princess will also be 50% larger than the atriums on other recent Princess ships. As well as featuring existing outlets present on current Princess ships, the plans will see the addition of a new ice cream outlet and a luxury gift shop, targeted at those celebrating major events such as birthdays and weddings on board. A new cocktail bar called Bellini’s will also debut, along with a seafood bar selling sushi, sashimi, ceviche and caviar. And outside, guests will be able to walk along a new glass-bottomed walkway which extends over 28 feet from the edge of the vessel. The atrium, as you will see in the video below, is shown as a ‘street-cafe’-style open space, with glass staircases, backlit floors and venues that appear to float in mid-air. This new design style is described as an “evolution” of the current atriums. On the top deck, there will be a new adults-only pool and other new pools which surround a tropical “island” that offers sunbathing by day and an outdoor nightclub in the evenings. Princess has confirmed that the first preview cruise will depart in June and the Maiden Voyage will see the Royal Princess tour the Mediterranean.
Among her highlights, the new Royal Princess will offer:
- An even larger and expanded atrium with additional entertainment and casual dining options.
- The SeaWalkSM & SeaView Bar – a first-of-its-kind enclosed walkway extending from the ship’s top deck and a port side cantilevered bar, each with glass floors and sweeping ocean views.
- A new upper-deck pool exclusively for adults, featuring plush private cabanas
- Our largest top-deck pool ever, offering another Princess first — a dazzling evening water and light show
- An enhanced Movies Under the Stars® screen – the largest yet!
- Balconies on all outside staterooms