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Princess Cruises’ newest ship is floated out

‘Regal Princess’ has been moved out of its building dock

Posted: April 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.

"Regal Princess" met the water for the first time in a shipyard ceremony Monday featuring "Madrina" Carolyn Spencer Brown with Princess Executive Vice President Rai Caluori.

Construction of Princess Cruises’ newest ship, “Regal Princess,” reached a milestone Friday when the cruise ship was floated out of its building dock at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

Once afloat, the ship will be moved to the outfitting dock where final construction and interior outfitting will take place. “Regal Princess” will debut in June 2014 with a season of Mediterranean cruises.

“Regal Princess” and “Royal Princess” are new-generation ships for Princess Cruises. The 3,600 passenger capacity cruise ships each include a SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel and private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water.

Following the Italian shipyard’s custom, the float out of a ship began with a “madrina,” or godmother, cutting the cord that begins the flow of water into the ship’s building dock. Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of the online community Cruise Critic, severed the cord to begin the two-day process of setting the ship afloat.

“To mark this important milestone we selected a woman who lives and breathes the cruise industry,” said Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises.

Princess Cruises is based in Santa Clarita.



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