Royal Princess, In Photos

Kate Middleton names Royal Princess on Thursday, June 2013. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

A Royal Invitation: The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton names Royal Princess on Thursday, June 2013. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

In March, along with executives form Princess Cruises and my journalistic colleagues, I walked the decks of the then unfinished Royal Princess at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Stepping on board the ship Tuesday afternoon in Southampton, I was awestruck by the transformation from a skeleton of steel to a refined and elegant vessel, especially as I look back at  51 Royal Princess Photos from the shipyard.

Check out the changes in these 30 photos of the new Royal Princess and events leading up to the naming, which takes place on Thursday, June 13.

A Royal Welcome

A Royal Welcome

Welcome to England! © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Red Carpet - With A Twist

The Red Carpet - With A Twist

Awaiting guests to arrive at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton, England. Welcome to England! © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

A Royal Princess Awaits

A Royal Princess Awaits

Docked at the Ocean Terminal for the mid-June naming ceremonies. Welcome to England! © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

First Guests

First Guests

The first guests, me among them, are welcomed to step aboard the new Royal Princess. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Immense Atrium

The Immense Atrium

The largest atrium of all Princess vessels. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Crooners

Crooners

A new bar/lounge concept for Princess Cruises, Crooners. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Elegant & Refined

Elegant & Refined

Backside of the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Here To Serve You

Here To Serve You

Just outside the Atrium, Guest Services and Reception, on Deck 5. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Welcome to Sabatini's

Welcome to Sabatini's

Superb Italian cuisine at Sabatini's, now open for lunch in addition to dinner. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

New Design & Location

New Design & Location

Situated on Deck 5, Sabatini's Italian restaurant. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Stateroom D508

Stateroom D508

On Dolphin Deck, my balcony stateroom. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

Pleasing colors and plush pillows in stateroom D508. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Bathroom

Bathroom

The bathroom in stateroom D508. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

New Interactive Televisions

New Interactive Televisions

Super large (50-inch?) ViewSonic flat-panel televisions with an intuitive interface and new release movies. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Home At Ocean Terminal

Home At Ocean Terminal

Royal Princess docked at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

SeaWalk

SeaWalk

New feature that extends beyond the sides of Royal Princess. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

SeaWalk

SeaWalk

Looking down on Deck 5 from the SeaWalk on Deck 16.

Lotus Spa Treatment Room

Lotus Spa Treatment Room

I tried the Thai Poultice Massage. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Ready To Be Pampered

Ready To Be Pampered

Massage therapist Millycent, from South Africa.

Even The Changing Room Looks Nice

Even The Changing Room Looks Nice

Up front on deck 5, a changing room at the Lotus Spa. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Enclave

The Enclave

Stone beds and water beds in the Enclave at the Lotus Spa. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Enclave

The Enclave

Panorama of the Enclave. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Stone Beds At The Enclave

Stone Beds At The Enclave

Ready for relaxation? © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Villa at the Lotus Spa

The Villa at the Lotus Spa

For the ultimate pampering. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Villa at The Lotus Spa

The Villa at The Lotus Spa

For the ultimate pampering. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Gala Dessert

Gala Dessert

After a Gala Dinner, the Gala Dessert. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Packed Piazza

Packed Piazza

All three decks, standing room only. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Beverly Knight

Beverly Knight

Famed British vocalist, Beverly Knight performs in the Atrium on Royal Princess. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Invitation to a Royal Event

Invitation to a Royal Event

And I'm invited when Kate Middleton names Royal Princess on Thursday, June 2013. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Until tomorrow. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

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Also see Six Types Of People Who Would Enjoy A Royal Princess Cruise: Are You One?