Reviewing Royal Princess: Photo Tours, Videos And A Super-Sized Ship Review

Kate Middleton, Invitation
A date with a Duchess: I was fortunate to be there when Kate Middleton named Royal Princess on Thursday, June 2013. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

She’s a big ship and her naming was a big event, so I took more than 1,000 photos in six days — along with millions of photographs taken by other journalists who were invited to the inaugural ceremonies celebrating Royal Princess.

The first new ship design for Princess Cruises in a decade, Royal Princess certainly had a story to tell. For starters, the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton, 31 years old, eight months pregnant and looking splendid, named the new vessel. On Thursday, June 13, in front of a few thousand people wearing their best duds and ladies in well-shopped-for hats, Catherine cut a ribbon that sent a bottle of champagne crashing against the shiny white hull of Royal Princess. Ship horns blasted and confetti rained. A Duchess had given birth to a Royal Princess.

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

My job, along with many others attending, was to tell the story of Royal Princess. Working diligently for the past few weeks, I have told it largely through photographs. After all, a photograph speaks 1,000 words, as the saying goes.

Still, only about 10 percent of my photographs, 108 to be precise, were deemed worthy of publication to tell the story of this new vessel. Most of those photographs are compiled in slideshows and the like in what may just be the most comprehensive Royal Princess review ever.

Here are a few of the side stories, slideshows, and even a couple of videos that went into the review:

These should give you a good feel for Royal Princess. After all, the goal and guiding mission of this website is to provide you with the tools that help you make informed cruise vacation decisions.

To view all of the Royal Princess coverage in one place, check out the Super-Size-Me Royal Princess review itself, which even includes some construction photos taken during our visit to the shipyard this past spring: 51 Royal Princess Photos During Its Construction

I’m not quite finished with all that I have to say about Royal Princess. Look for additional coverage this week, and thanks for visiting Avid Cruiser.

The Duchess Cuts The Ribbon
Royal Princess naming with Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
The Ribbon Is Cut
The Nebuchadnezzar (15 liters) of Moet & Chandon sets a course for the hull of Royal Princess. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Celebrating The Birth of a Royal Princess
Fireworks in Southampton, as seen from Royal Princess. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle

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