Passengers who want to be the first to sail on new cruise ship Royal Princess will be able to sample a two-night preview before the official maiden voyage in June.
Princess Cruises have announced details of two round-trips from Southampton to St Peter Port, Guernsey, departing on June 9 and June 14. Fares start at £349 per person for a balcony stateroom, and go on sale at 2.00 pm next Tuesday (January 29) to people who have already booked the maiden voyage, and the following day for to all other customers.
Paul Ludlow, Princess Cruises’ UK director, said: “Passengers and
Among the special features on the new-generation ship are a top deck glass-floored walkway extending 28 feet over the side of the vessel, private poolside cabanas, a television studio, and a pastry shop.
After a naming ceremony in Southampton the 3,600-passenger ship’s maiden season this year includes summer sailings in the Mediterranean, followed by a series of Eastern Caribbean cruises in the autumn.
Norwegian Cruise Line, who will be launching the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway in three months’ time, have announced the ship will set out on a two-night cruise from Rotterdam on April 26. Many of the guests will be European travel agents; British agents will be invited on a one-night preview cruise from Southampton on April 29.
There are still cabins available for passengers who want to join the ship’s maiden Transatlantic crossing to New York, departing on April 30.
The ship will be christened in New York on May 8 by dancers from the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes and on board for a two-day preview sailing from May 10-12 will be families affected by last October’s Hurricane Sandy.
The ship’s first scheduled 7-day cruise to Bermuda departs on May 12.