Princess Cruises announced the name of its next ship, which launches in 2013...and it's a familiar one.
At a press conference Tuesday at Cruise Shipping Miami 2011, Princess President and CEO Alan Buckelew said the new ship will be called Royal Princess, which he called "a salute" to the original Royal Princess, the first purpose built ship for the brand. That ship debuted in 1984 and left the fleet in 2005; the name was given then to another ship in the fleet, which is going to a sister company this spring.
The 3,600-passenger ship will feature an industry first, company executives said: an enclosed glass-bottomed walkway called a SeaWalk that extends more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship. From there, you'll have clean view of the ocean 128 feet below.
The other side of the ship will feature a SeaView bar.
Royal Princess will also include a new pool for adults only, an expanded grownup-only area called The Sanctuary, a larger outdoor movie screen and balconies on all outside staterooms.
Construction of the ship started Tuesday with the cutting of the first steel plate at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. A sister ship joins Royal Princess in 2014.
Princess Cruises, part of Miami-based Carnival Corp., is headquartered in California.