so glad to hear that she is back! We sailed on her years ago when she belonged to Princess. We did a 10 day total canal transit that to this day is by far our favorite cruise. She was one classy lady back then hope the same holds true today
This is not NOT same ship. The former MV Royal Princess, on which you and I have cruised, will continue to operate as MV Artemis for sister line P&O Cruises.
The new MV Royal Princess is a sister to the current MV Pacific Princess and MV Tahitian Princess. She entered service for Renaissance Cruises as MV R8 in 1998 or thereabouts. P&O Princess Cuises Plc., the parent company of Princess Cruises that merged operations with Carnival Corporation in 2003, acquired the vessel out of bankruptcy proceedings in 2002 after Renaissance Cruises went bankrupt in the wake of the "9/11" attack. She has been in service for sister line Swan Hellenic Cruises as MV Minerva II since then.
The new MV Royal Princess has many of the amenities of modern cruising that you will find on Princess's new ships, including two specialty restuarants (Sabatini's and Sterling Steakhouse), that the original MV Royal Princess lacks. She has only one main dining room, though, so she will not offer the "Anytime Dining" option.