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Princess Cruises ups the wow factor with SeaWalk

In the never-ending world of cruise lines trying to out-do each other in a bid to attract attention, passengers and revenue, Princess Cruises is opening a new chapter with its SeaWalk feature.

Pierside view of the SeaWalk feature on the upcoming Royal Princess
Pierside view of the SeaWalk feature on the upcoming Royal PrincessPrincess Cruises

Passengers taking a stroll on the Royal Princess (which will make its maiden voyage in May 2013) will be able to walk out over the deep blue sea, which will be a vertigo-inducing 128 below the glass-bottomed floor of the ship's SeaWalk.

This will be the third time Princess Cruises has used the name Royal Princess for a ship, but it will be the first vessel to feature a walkway that actually extends 28 feet out, away and over the waves.

The new Royal Princess will be a 141,000-ton behemoth that will carry up to 3,600 passengers. The cruise line will add a sister ship to its fleet in 2014.

Both vessels are being built at the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy.