Upcoming Royal Princess Floats Out of Shipyard

Royal Princess
photo: Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises newest cruise ship Royal Princess completed another milestone on Thursday as she was floated out of her building dock in Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

Princess President and CEO Alan Buckelew and Royal Princess Captain Tony Draper attended the event, as did long-time Princess master Captain Nick Nash and his daughter, Victoria, who served as the ship’s godmother (pictured right).

The two-day float-out process involves slowly letting water into the building dock until the ship floats. The ship is then moved to the outfitting dock where final construction, interior outfitting and eventually sea-trials will take place.

The 3,600-guest Royal Princess is set to debut in June 2013.

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