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Keel-laying ceremony for new Princess ship

RegalPrincessKeelAt a ceremony marking the beginning of construction, Princess Cruises announced on Tuesday that its newest ship will be named the Regal Princess. 

The ship, set to debut in spring 2014, will be the second in the line’s new generation of ships. The first is the Royal Princess, which will be inaugurated next June. Both will be 3,600-passenger, 141,000-ton ships. And both will carry the names of former ships in the Princess fleet.

Tuesday’s ceremony was at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where the ship’s 500-ton keel was moved into position in the building dock. The Royal Princess is under construction at the same shipyard.