Photo Tour: Royal Princess

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Royal Princess is partly distinguished by its size (carrying 3,600 passengers it is the largest ship in its competitive set), several innovations, and the number of dining and entertainment options offered, including some new to Princess Cruises. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

If you are a Princess Cruises fan, you’ll likely love the new Royal Princess. Aside from its new features and innovations, Royal Princess is an attractive and comfortable ship with beautiful public spaces, attractive color schemes, multiple venues to dine or have a drink, fun entertainment (including an expanded Movies Under The Stars), fitness facilities and a spa, and of course, no shortage of balcony staterooms.

Those who have never experienced Princess Cruises may be impressed by the new vessel’s array of offerings and its brand promise to deliver cruise vacations that allow guests to “Escape Completely” under the patronage of the “Consummate Host,” the role to which Princess Cruises aspires.

There’s lots for families, while features such as The Sanctuary as well as The Retreat provide private havens for adults who desire complete escape (if you’re budgeting for your vacation, make note that gaining access to The Sanctuary costs $15 for a half day and $25 full day.)

Public Debut, Royal Princess

Public Debut, Royal Princess

After arriving from the shipyard where it was constructed in Italy, Royal Princess docked at Ocean Terminal in Southampton, England. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Happy Crew

Happy Crew

Princess is known for its friendly and professional crew. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Deck 17, Above The SeaWalk

Deck 17, Above The SeaWalk

The "hole" in Royal Princess on Deck 17 outlines the SeaWalk, one deck below, on a beautiful night sailing to Southampton. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Atrium

The Atrium

The three-level atrium is 50 percent larger than on other Princess ships. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Packed Piazza

Packed Piazza

All three decks, standing room only, during festivities around the Royal Princess naming ceremony. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Zumba!

Zumba!

Entertainment and fitness mingle one morning in the atrium, which features all-day (and evening) programming, ranging from classical music to acrobatics. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Princess Live!

Princess Live!

A new television studio aboard Royal Princess, featuring programming throughout the day, with seating for nearly 300 passengers. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Movies Under The "Sunset"

Movies Under The "Sunset"

On Royal Princess, the 34-foot-by-20-foot screen for Movies Under the Stars is 30 percent larger than on any other Princess vessel and is the largest outdoor movie screen at sea. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Retreat Pool

The Retreat Pool

Come on in. The water is just right at the adults-only Retreat Pool. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Shaded Seating In The Sanctuary

Shaded Seating In The Sanctuary

The adults-only Sanctuary space is 20 percent larger than on other Princess ships and features lots of cozy seating. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Lotus Spa Treatments At The Sanctuary

Lotus Spa Treatments At The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary also features two Lotus Spa Cabanas, featuring living areas and couples' treatment rooms. Packages range from around $300 to $3,000. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Retreat Pool & Bar

Retreat Pool & Bar

The adults-only Retreat Pool, lined with cabanas. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Sanctuary Cabana

Sanctuary Cabana

There are four Cabanas at The Sanctuary, renting for $80 for a half day or $130 for a full day. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Water Fountain Show

Water Fountain Show

A new feature for Princess Cruises, a top-deck water fountain show to complement Movies Under The Stars. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Virtual Vertigo

Virtual Vertigo

Don't worry. High railings fence off this open area adjacent to the SeaWalk. The perspective, however, shows just how high above the sea you are when walking the SeaWalk. Want to walk it? Check out the video for a virtual stroll along the SeaWalk. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The SeaWalk

The SeaWalk

The SeaWalk, Seen From Below

The SeaWalk, Seen From Below

Photographed from the Promenade Deck (deck 5), the SeaWalk, beautifully lighted at night. Check out the video for a virtual stroll along the SeaWalk. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Serene SeaWalk

Serene SeaWalk

The SeaWalk adds an unusual element to Royal Princess, especially at night, as in this photo as we made our way to Southampton. Check out the video for a virtual stroll along the SeaWalk. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Midships Pool & Water Fountain

Midships Pool & Water Fountain

A near-empty pool area on Royal Princess. It wouldn't be that way for long. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

A Stop Along The SeaWalk

A Stop Along The SeaWalk

Looking down 5 from the SeaWalk on Deck 16 to Deck 5 below. Yes, the tiny specks are people on the Promenade Deck. Check out the video for a virtual walk on the SeaWalk. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Princess Theater

Princess Theater

During rehearsals for the evening performances. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Casino

Casino

The casino features a number of gaming tables and slot machines. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Churchill"s

Churchill"s

A smoker's lounge on deck 6. Featuring fine cigars and cognacs. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Wheelhouse Bar

The Wheelhouse Bar

Sit here or at tabletops for libations or the popular daily pub lunch, served at no charge everyday. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Wheelhouse Bar

The Wheelhouse Bar

On the way to the attractive, nautically inspired Wheelhouse Bar. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

The Library

The Library

Adjacent to The Wheelhouse Bar on deck 7. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Shops & Casino

Shops & Casino

A winding staircase leads from deck 7 to deck 6 and the casino. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Have A Seat

Have A Seat

I found these "pods" to be as comfortable as they were stylish during my voyage in June. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Deck Chairs

Deck Chairs

Relax on the teak deck chairs on deck 5. Walkers may want to note that Royal Princess does not feature a wrap-around promenade but does features a running and walking track on deck 18. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Atrium View

Atrium View

On deck 5, view of the atrium's lower level. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Not Just Another Face In The Crowd

Not Just Another Face In The Crowd

All smiles, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, godmother of Royal Princess. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

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