Princess Cruises Celebrates Float Out of Regal Princess

           Princess Cruises Celebrates Float Out of Regal Princess

"Cruise Critic" Editor in Chief, Carolyn Spencer Brown, Serves as "Madrina" as
Ship Meets Ocean for First Time

Regal Princess met the water for the first time in a traditional shipyard
ceremony today featuring "Madrina" Carolyn Spencer Brown with Princess
Executive Vice President Rai Caluori

PR Newswire

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., March 26, 2013

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Regal Princess reached a
significant construction milestone today when the Princess Cruises vessel was
"floated out" at its building dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. A
traditional ceremony marked the occasion as the ship met the ocean for the
first time.


Following the Italian shipyard's custom, the float out of a ship begins when a
"madrina," or godmother, cuts the cord that begins the flow of water into the
ship's building dock. Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of the popular
online community Cruise Critic, served in this role to begin the two-day
process of setting the ship afloat.

"To mark this important milestone we selected a woman who lives and breathes
the cruise industry," said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess
Cruises. "Carolyn has been the editor-in-chief for Cruise Critic for 10 years
and not only is she a champion of cruising, she's helped to build an avid
community of cruisers. Her passion for cruising made her the perfect choice to
serve as madrina for our new Regal Princess."

A video of the float-out ceremony is available on YouTube.

Once afloat, the ship will be moved to the outfitting dock where final
construction and interior outfitting will take place. Regal Princess, a sister
ship to the soon-to-debut Royal Princess, will debut in June 2014 with a
season of Mediterranean cruises.

Regal Princess and Royal Princess are new-generation ships for Princess
Cruises. Among the special features found on board the 3,600-passenger vessels
will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; a dramatic
over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28
feet beyond the edge of the vessel; plush private poolside cabanas that appear
to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio; a
pastry shop; a special Chef's Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that
surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a
professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the
company's website at

About Princess Cruises:

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise
and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for their
innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. Two
ships are under construction and will join the fleet in 2013 and 2014. A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.3 million
passengers each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from
three to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc

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