In Venice To Meet A Royal Princess

Queen Victoria shipyard
In 2007, I visited Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard to tour the Queen Victoria, under construction. Today I visit the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfacone to tour the Royal Princess, which debuts in June.

After a wonderful stay at the Gritti Palace last night, this morning, along with a group of travel journalists, I’ll visit the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, where Royal Princess is under construction.

Here’s how our day looks:

  • 9 am Depart Gritti Palace for Monfalcone
  • 11:15 am Arrive Monfalcone
  • 11:30 am Regal Princess Float Out Ceremony
  • 12:30 pm Lunch in the Shipyard Dining Room
  • 2 pm Royal Princess Tour
  • 4 pm Disembark Royal Princess
  • 4:15 pm Royal Princess Staterooms Tour
  • 4:45 pm Depart Monfalcone
  • 7 pm Arrive Gritti Palace
  • 7:45 pm Meet in hotel lobby for walk to La Fenice Theatre
  • 8 -11 pm Cocktails and dinner at La Fenice Theatre

Joining Princess Cruises’ fleet in June 2013, the new Royal Princess will carry 3,600 passengers on a vessel with several new innovations and signature features.

While details are still being announced (some of which we will discover today), some of the highlights include a larger and expanded piazza-style atrium with additional entertainment and casual dining options; Princess Cruises’ largest top deck pool ever with a water & light show, an enhanced Movies Under the Stars screen, and the new SeaWalk, with views 17 decks straight down; and balconies for all outside staterooms.

Read our Royal Princess preview here. Or better yet, stay tuned. Along with my colleagues who are posting their Royal Princess reviews, I’ll be filing stories and photos this week. Follow @avidcruiser on Twitter for the latest updates.

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