Christened on May 11, 2014, Princess Cruises‘ Regal Princess is the 3,600-guest sister ship to 2013’s Royal Princess. A brand-new class of ship for Princess, Regal Princess and her sister introduced a number of firsts and innovations for the line, including:
Regal Princess likely will appeal to those who enjoy the diversity that a big ship like this one can deliver but with premium touches that put it a notch above ships operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean.
Regal Princess competes head-to-head with Celebrity Cruises‘ Solstice-class ships, which are strong contenders in this segment, and perhaps to a lesser degree, because of their smaller sizes, the ships of Holland America Line.
Take an in-depth look at Royal Princess, sister-ship to Regal Princess, with our Photo Tour:
After arriving from the shipyard where it was constructed in Italy, Royal Princess docked at Ocean Terminal in Southampton, England. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Princess is known for its friendly and professional crew. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
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 three-level atrium is 50 percent larger than on other Princess ships. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
All three decks, standing room only, during festivities around the Royal Princess naming ceremony. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
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
A new television studio aboard Royal Princess, featuring programming throughout the day, with seating for nearly 300 passengers. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
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
Come on in. The water is just right at the adults-only Retreat Pool. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
The adults-only Sanctuary space is 20 percent larger than on other Princess ships and features lots of cozy seating. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
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
The adults-only Retreat Pool, lined with cabanas. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
There are four Cabanas at The Sanctuary, renting for $80 for a half day or $130 for a full day. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
A new feature for Princess Cruises, a top-deck water fountain show to complement Movies Under The Stars. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
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
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
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
A near-empty pool area on Royal Princess. It wouldn't be that way for long. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
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
During rehearsals for the evening performances. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
The casino features a number of gaming tables and slot machines. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
A smoker's lounge on deck 6. Featuring fine cigars and cognacs. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Sit here or at tabletops for libations or the popular daily pub lunch, served at no charge everyday. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
On the way to the attractive, nautically inspired Wheelhouse Bar. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Adjacent to The Wheelhouse Bar on deck 7. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
A winding staircase leads from deck 7 to deck 6 and the casino. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
I found these "pods" to be as comfortable as they were stylish during my voyage in June. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
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
On deck 5, view of the atrium's lower level. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
All smiles, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, godmother of Royal Princess. © 2013 Ralph Grizzle
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Like her sister, Regal Princess features a brand-new dining concept for Princess Cruises: the Chef’s Table Lumiere. Situated in Allegro (one of three main dining rooms), Chef’s Table Lumiere casts new light, literally, on the company’s popular — and the cruise industry’s first — chef’s table experience at sea.
Guests sit at a custom-made glass table in an area surrounded by strands of lights that form a curtain. The effect is a soft wall of privacy in the middle of one of the main dining rooms. The dining experience, which includes the chef’s specially prepared meal, goes for $115 per person.
The other main dining rooms, Symphony and Concerto, feature the Wine Maker’s Dinner, which goes for $40 per person, in a venue inspired by wine cellars. The circular areas, surrounded by wine bottles, seat up to 12 people each. Developed in conjunction with noted winemakers, the speciality menus are paired with wines and include classic carved meats such as crown of veal rack, lamb Baron and veal rack a l’Orlov.
You’ll likely want to make reservations for dining at the Crown Grill, a premium seafood and chop house featuring chops, seafood and premium Sterling Silver steaks. The cover charge is $25, except for the complimentary pub lunch, which is offered each day in the adjacent Wheelhouse Bar on deck seven aft.
Regal Princess features five categories of staterooms and suites. During my June 2013 voyage aboard sister-ship Royal Princess, I was able to step inside all of them, and I’ve included photos in the slideshow at the bottom of this post as well as a video of my stateroom.
That was a Deluxe Balcony Stateroom, number D508 to be precise, on Dolphin Deck. The Deluxe Balcony Stateroom is a new category for Princess Cruises. It’s defined as an “extra spacious” balcony cabin with a comfortable sofa bed (in addition to the comfy queen-sized or twin bed configuration) and a smattering of the upgraded amenities found in the Mini-Suites, plus enhanced bathroom amenities such as terrycloth towels, waffle bathrobes and an upgraded duvet. Click here to read: Royal Princess Staterooms & Suites, including a video tour and photo slideshow.
Increasingly, spa and fitness facilities are gaining prominence on cruise ships. Some vacationers simply don’t want to break their fitness routines, and so they appreciate it when they find extensive gym facilities — and classes — on today’s modern ships. Others seek restoration and rejuvenation in ship spas while cruising.
During my June 2013 voyage on Regal Princess sister, Royal Princess, I enjoyed both activities. I visited the Lotus Spa for a Thai Coconut Poultice Massage ($155 for 50 minutes) and the Lotus Spa Fitness Center, where I worked out each day for about 45 minutes. Burning calories gave me justification for another ice cream each time I passed Gelato, situated in the atrium on deck 5 on Princess Cruises’ newest vessel.
What’s your interest? Do you enjoy working out on cruise? Or do you want to be pampered? Certainly, you don’t need to choose. You can do both — as I did on my voyage. For a full overview and our most up-to-date post about the Lotus Spa and Fitness Center on Royal Princess and her sister Regal Princess, click on this link Photo Tour: Royal Princess Spa & Fitness.
Few travel experiences can top sitting in a piazza, watching the world pass while sipping a cappuccino or a glass of chianti, or digging at a delicious dome of gelato. You can do all of those things while sitting in the piazza aboard Regal Princess.
The newly-expanded piazza-style atrium feature new casual dining options including Gelato, an Italian gelateria and the Ocean Terrace Seafood Bar. Guests can enjoy live entertainment in a nearby bar or lounge, such as Crooners, where pianists perform while guests sing along.
Overlooking the Atrium, the new Bellini’s bar offers a prime location for watching the action in the Piazza below. This bar serve ups a variety of Bellini-inspired drinks, including the new signature “Royal Bellini.”
Along with her sister Royal Princess, Regal Princess features Princess Cruises’ largest-ever top deck pool. The pool also features daily and nightly performances of new dancing fountains, featuring four shows, ranging from a Frank Sinatra theme to James Bond.
Boasting Princess Cruises’ largest Movies Under the Stars screen, Regal Princess offers guests the chance to relax in comfortable lounger snuggled under a cozy fleece blanket while enjoying complimentary fresh-popped popcorn or cookies and milk. Princess’ signature poolside theater also features a variety of movies and concerts playing on the big screen.
Regal Princess also brought back the aft pool; something that was left off of sister Royal Princess but was included in the design plans for Regal Princess by popular demand.
One new feature on pool deck is the SeaWalk, a vertigo-inducing walkway that extends 28 feet beyond the side of the ship. Read more about the SeaWalk and the pool deck.
Regal Princess reached a significant construction milestone on March 26, 2013, when the Princess Cruises vessel was “floated out” at its building dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. A traditional ceremony marked the occasion as the ship met the ocean for the first time.
Once afloat, the ship will be moved to the outfitting dock where final construction and interior outfitting will take place. Regal Princess, a sister ship to the soon-to-debut Royal Princess, will debut in June 2014 with a season of Mediterranean cruises.
Regal Princess and Royal Princess are new-generation ships for Princess Cruises. Among the special features found on board the 3,600-passenger vessels will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; a dramatic over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio; a pastry shop; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms. Also see, 51 Royal Princess Photos & The Regal Princess Float Out.
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