Regal Princess (2014)
Regal Princess' maiden voyage
|Port of registry:||Hamilton, Bermuda|
|Builder:||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Laid down:||28 August 2012|
|Launched:||26 March 2013|
|Maiden voyage:||20 May 2014|
|Class and type:||Royal-class cruise ship|
|Length:||330 m (1,083 ft)|
|Beam:||38.4 m (126 ft)|
|Height:||217 ft (66 m)|
|Draft:||28 ft (8.5 m)|
MS Regal Princess is a Royal-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises. Regal Princess, as well as her sister ship Royal Princess, were ordered on 17 February 2010. The final contract was signed on 4 May 2010. Regal Princess was delivered to Princess Cruises on 11 May 2014 in a ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. In attendance were the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and the President of Princess Cruises Jan Swartz.  Regal Princess is commanded by Captain Edward Perrin (2014). Regal Princess and her sister ship are among the biggest ships in the world.
Construction of Regal Princess began August 2012 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy when the ship's keel was laid.  Regal Princess Float Out Ceremony was conducted on 26 March 2013 and was floated free from the builder's dry dock on 29 March 2013 then moored alongside the outfitting pier where construction would continue.
Regal Princess successfully completed her sea trials in the Adriatic Sea from 16-21 April 2014 and conducted a 4-night Pre-Inaugural cruise 16-20 May 2014 from Trieste, Italy to Kotor, Montenegro prior to her Maiden Voyage which departed Venice, Italy on 20 May 2014.
The vessel operated its inaugural season in the Mediterranean before departing Venice, Italy on 17 Oct 2014 when she headed for Fort Lauderdale, FL arriving 3 Nov 2014. Regal Princess had her official Naming Ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, in the presence of the six main stars of the television series The Love Boat. She then took up her inaugural winter season of seven-night eastern Caribbean cruises with port stops at Princess Cays, St. Thomas, and Saint Martin.
Regal Princess's amenities include two public areas extending over the side of the ship on the top deck called the SeaWalkSM and SeaView Bar, the largest ever Princess Cruises Movies Under the Stars, an expanded atrium, a new small aft pool area, and numerous casual dining options.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Regal Princess.|
- Official website
- "Regal Princess: Sister to 'Kate Middleton's ship' may be the bridesmaid but she's still so impressive" – review by John Honeywell, aka Captain Greybeard, in the Daily Mirror
- "The Love Boat" cast christens latest Princess Cruises ship - MSN News (retrieved 2014-11-09)