Ship's Arrival Marks the Start of Inaugural Celebration
SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - A musical salute provided a
spectacular welcome for Royal Princess to Southampton today as the new cruise
ship arrived to begin a week-long series of special inaugural events. British
actor, director and writer Simon Callow orchestrated the Southampton
University Brass Band to serenade the new Princess Cruises ship with a
rendition of "God Save The Queen" as the vessel sailed into the harbor. Royal
Princess will be officially named in Southampton on Thursday, June 13 by The
Duchess of Cambridge.
The unprecedented musical welcome, conducted by Callow, was answered back by
Royal Princess with its own special horn that plays the first notes of the
theme song from the TV show "The Love Boat."
"What an extraordinary welcome Royal Princess received for her arrival in
Southampton," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.
"Starting the week off with this amazing musical orchestra offered the perfect
way to tune up for a naming ceremony that will celebrate with many special
The June 13 naming event will feature not only the christening by The Duchess,
but also star-studded musical entertainment including British pop singer
Natasha Bedingfield singing her hit "Unwritten," as well as a performance by
British actress and "the first lady of London's West End," Kerry Ellis. The
Band of Her Majesty's Royal MarinesPortsmouth and The Pipe Band of 1st
Battalion Irish Guards will open the event with the pomp and ceremony of
British ship-naming traditions.
The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship. Among the special
features found on board is a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social
hub of the ship offering a host of dining and entertainment options; an
over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond
the edge of the ship; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be
floating on water; the new Princess Live! television studio; the largest
pastry shop at sea; a special Chef's Table Lumiere, a private dining
experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all
More information about the ship is available at www.princess.com/royalprincess.
Photos and video of the ship's arrival can be downloaded here: Photos:
www.royalprincesspresspictures.com Video: www.digitalnewshub.com
About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise
and tour company operating a fleet of 17 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. An
additional ship will join the fleet in 2014. A recognized leader in worldwide
cruising, Princess carries 1.4 million passengers each year to destinations
around the globe ranging in length from three to 107 days. The company,
formerly a division of P&O Princess Cruises, is part of Carnival Corporation &
plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).
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