Princess orders another ship in Royal Princess class

By Tom Stieghorst

Princess ship renderingPrincess Cruises said it has reached an agreement to build a third in the class of ships that began with Royal Princess.

The new ship, to be built by Fincantieri, will carry 3,560 passengers at double occupancy and is scheduled for delivery in 2017.

Princess said the price is around 600 million euros, or just over $800 million at current exchange rates.

The Royal Princess was the largest ship to date for Princess when it was delivered in 2013. It was followed by the Regal Princess earlier this year.

Princess said the new ship will include its signature elements such as a soaring central atrium hub with multiple dining, entertainment and retail venues; the adults-only Sanctuary; the Movies Under the Stars cinema experience; and 80% of all cabins with balconies. The ship will also include some new innovations, Princess said.

Will cruise documentary do more harm than good?


British viewers will get a warts-and-all look at the workings of a cruise ship in a new four-part documentary coming to ITV next month.

Called The Cruise Ship, the documentary will go behind the scenes on board the 3,600-guest Royal Princess vessel, giving the general public access to footage of staff and crew members.

The footage was shot as the ship sailed across the Caribbean, which included a stop at Princess Cruise’s private island.

It will air on ITV on consecutive Friday nights beginning on July 11th.

Managing director of Princess Cruises for UK and Europe, is convinced that the documentary will prove positive for the cruise holiday industry as a whole.

“Cruise holidays are an increasingly popular choice in the UK and we are confident that this series will widen the appeal even further,” he stated.

This will not be the first cruise ship documentary aired in the UK, as the National Geographic Channel broadcasted a series called Cruise Ship Diaries, which was filmed on board the Costa Serena.

The question is, do behind-the-scenes documentaries ever paint a good picture? Will this documentary actually put people off?

Carnival hopes Princess documentary will attract new-to-cruise customers

Carnival hopes Princess documentary will attract new-to-cruise customersCarnival bosses hope a new four-part tv show centred around Princess Cruises will highlight the romance and fun of cruising to newcomers in the market.

The cruise line announced on Thursday last week that its ship Royal Princess will be the star of a new ITV series set to broadcast this summer.

Arnold Donald (pictured), chief executive of Carnival Corporation, said he hoped the show would help persuade the new-to-cruise market to consider it as a holiday option.

“Hopefully it will attract new-to-cruise. The show will centre around the experiences of some of our crew members and I’m very proud of the crew – I think people will find it very interesting. I’m hopeful that the grandeur, fun, the romance and adventure that cruising can be will be reflected in the show.”

Carnival UK boss David Dingle said it was a “marvellous coup” for the cruise line.

“I want to congratulate Princess Cruises on pulling off this marvellous coup.

“It’s really exciting news for the cruise industry and it all helps put this wonderful industry of ours firmly back on the map.”

Talks are thought to be underway for a similar show for the US market.