As one princess gets ready to leave Fort Lauderdale, her sister gets set for her world debut.
Princess Cruises' Royal Princess is about to leave Port Everglades for its summer itineraries in Europe, but the South Florida port will be seeing double come fall as both the Royal Princess and sister ship Regal Princess will sail the Caribbean starting in November.
The Regal Princess recently completed a five-day sea trial near the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy to test ship propulsion, steering and navigation equipment. Now back at the shipyard, the final touches are being made ahead of the ship’s European debut in Venice on May 20.
The 3,560-passenger Regal Princess will sail the Mediterranean throughout summer before migrating to Florida for a three-night debut cruise on Nov. 6 followed by its normal itinerary of seven-night eastern Caribbean voyages with ports of call at Princess Cruises’ private Bahamas island Princess Cay, Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Saint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles plus three days at sea.
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The Regal Princess will become the 18th ship in the fleet. Princess sailed another ship called the Regal Princess from 1991-2007. That ship was sold to P&O Cruises Australia and currently sails as the Pacific Dawn.
As a sister ship to the Royal Princess, which has spent the winter season sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, the Regal Princess will also feature an expanded atrium and the see-through, glass-enclosed walkway called the SeaWalk that juts out over the open water from 128 feet up.
Also featured will be private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water, the Princess Live! television studio, a pastry shop, the private dining experience Chef's Table Lumiere and balconies on all outside staterooms.
The cruise line also announced its itineraries for the 2015-2016 season, which will feature both ships continuing service out of Port Everglades alongside the Emerald Princess and Ocean Princess.
For more information on sailing dates and pricess, call 1-800-PRINCESS or visit princess.com.