The forthcoming sister to Royal Princess proves seaworthy and moves closer to service
Regal Princess sails in the beautiful Aegean Sea near Venice during her five-day sea trial
Princess Cruises just reported that Regal Princess, the forthcoming sister cruise ship to the new Royal Princess, just completed successfully her first sea trials. The ship was launched from the construction dock at the Fincantieri Shipyard near Venice, Italy, and taken out upon the high seas to perform a series of crucial maneuvers.
The processes tested include her propulsion, steering and navigational equipment. After five full days of this crucial testing the company is reporting that the ship performed beautifully and that the trials were was a complete success as expected.
Regal Princess will make her debut on May 20 with a scheduled maiden voyage from Venice to include a seven-day Mediterranean cruise to Athens with stops in Corfu, Mykonos and an overnight call in Istanbul.
After the successful sea trials, the ship is now back in the shipyard for further exterior and especially interior finishing making her “ship shape” for full service in Europe and eventually in the United States. Throughout the summer, the new ship will sail on Princess' signature Grand Mediterranean cruises, with two itinerary choices. The ship will then relocate to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale where she will take up residence as a Caribbean cruiser for the winter season of 2015.
Regal Princess, a sister ship to Royal Princess, will offer guests a variety of enticing features, including a soaring 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; the Princess Live! television studio; a dedicated 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.