Princess Cruises named their second new-build today, and she shall be called Regal Princess. Due out in June 2014, Regal Princess is the sister to the upcoming 3,600-passenger Royal Princess, boasting many of the same features.
“Just as Royal Princess was named after one of our iconic early vessels, Regal Princess also takes a name from our past that we think is well suited for this spectacular ship,” said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises. “Today’s keel laying (pictured right) is an exciting event as it marks a key milestone in our newbuilding program.”
Following a traditional blessing by a priest, the ship’s keel – which weighs approximately 500 tons – was moved into position by a huge crane onto the keel blocks. The computer-guided maneuver took only minutes, belying the more than 2 million man hours that will ultimately go into building the vessel. The 3,600-passenger, 141,000-ton ship will remain in the building dock until its float-out next summer.
The itineraries for Regal Princess is set to be announced next year.
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