After an inaugural season in the Mediterranean, the cruise ship Royal Princess made her U.S. debut on Sunday, Oct. 27, becoming the newest ship to sail regularly from Fort Lauderdale. According to a Princess Cruises press release emailed to the Boston Cruise Examiner, actor and Princess spokesperson Gavin MacLeod was among the dignitaries who took part in the welcoming ceremonies, after which he boarded the ship for a two-night preview cruise for travel agents.
The first official cruise from Fort Lauderdale, a five-night Caribbean voyage, departed on Oct. 29, and will be followed by weekly cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Nov. 3, 2013 to Apr. 20, 2014.
Royal Princess, a new class of ship for Princess Cruises, boasts a number of innovative features, such as a glass-bottomed SeaWalk that juts out from an upper deck, a dining experience—Chef’s Table Lumiere—in which private tables are surrounded by a curtain of light, and a water and light show that incorporates dancing fountains.
At 142,229 gross tons and a passenger capacity of 3,560, Royal Princess is the largest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet. She was christened by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge in Southampton, U.K., on June 13, 2013 and entered service three days later. For more information on Royal Princess, contact your travel agent or Princess Cruises.