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.
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:
- Photo Tour: Royal Princess Pool Deck
- Photo Tour: Royal Princess Overview
- Photo Tour: Royal Princess Restaurants, Plus New Lounges
- Photo & Video Tour: Royal Princess Staterooms & Suites
- Photo Tour: Royal Princess Spa & Fitness
- Video: Up In The Air: 16 Decks Above The Sea On The SeaWalk on Royal Princess
- A Royal Affair In Southampton: The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Christens Royal Princess
- In Photos: Kate Middleton Names Royal Princess In Southampton
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.