Last week I saw the brand new Royal Princess, still under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, Italy.
Royal Princess in Shipyard
Last week I privileged to be among a group of journalists seeing the brand new Royal Princess, still under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, Italy.
While in Venice we stayed at the Gritti Palace - former home of the Doge of Venice, once the supreme leader of the City-state of Venice. The Palace was built in the 1000s, but was naturally subject to fire and other man-made disasters. The current owners shut the palace down for 15 months for a full-scale renovation including flood-gates because the palace sits right on the main canal. It is quite an experience to see a doorway with a steel dike that can be lowered into place.
At 141,000-gross tons, she is the biggest Princess ship ever and the largest cruise ship ever built in Italy. Her inaugural sailing comes June 13 from Southampton, England. She is 1083-feet long, 17 decks tall, has 3600 lower and 780 upper berths.
The "ship's horn" plays the first two stanzas from the The Love Boat TV-show theme song:
"Love, exciting and new; Come aboard, we're expecting you."