Crown Princess Debuts June 14th With a Host of Firsts
by Roy Witman © 2008
a shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the Crown Princess has been taking shape
over the last year. Though you would never know it from seeing construction
photos, this massive body of steel beams will soon be sculpted into a luxury
vessel boasting a list of firsts including innovative features, fresh amenities
and new ports of call that will sail you off into the sunset of your choosing.
distinctive differences are noted about Crown Princess. Upon her maiden voyage
in June 2006, she will be the first in the Princess Cruise fleet to sail
roundtrip Caribbean itineraries from New York (Red Hook, which is located
in Brookland). Unique destinations await passengers including the Eastern
Caribbean port of Bermuda. Equally fascinating are the added ports of Grand
Turk and the Turks and Caicos Islands which have been virtually undiscovered
with the Grand Turks port comes 20 new shore excursions. As innovative as
the port itself, adventures of all activity levels will be available to passengers
from exhilarating Harley rides to relaxing super-sized pools.
to Princess Cruise Line, “Hop-On/Hop-
Off Island Tours are first of their kind island tours that operate as a hop-on-hop-off
tour which includes stops at a restored 1800s prison and a historic lighthouse.” Also
available: Harleys In Paradise, where passengers to St. Maarten can tour
the scenery on Harley-Davidson motorcycles; zip line tours amid the canopy
of St. Lucia's tropical rainforests; river tubing on Grenada's Balthazar
River and more.
you think you've heard the name “Crown Princess” before,
you are correct. Initially built in 1990 by controversial designer Renzo
Piano, the original Crown Princess has been transferred to a sister cruise
line where she serves under a different name. As for the new Crown Princess,
she is totally redesigned with cruising in mind and features numerable amenities
not found on other ships.
the Crown Princess you'll find more firsts including Movies Under the Stars
- an exclusive to Princess Cruise Line - where you can view blockbuster hit
films outdoors on a gigantic, 300 square foot, LED screen. Passengers can
make complimentary chaise lounge reservations for available features. Cocktail
specials are available as well as free popcorn and other movie munchies.
Atrium dining is also a specialty of Princess Cruises as well as Personal
Choice Dining that allows you to choose seating at any restaurant at any
exciting nightclubs to digital golf simulators and a nine-hole putting course,
from four pools to a sports court and jogging track, you'll find something
for everyone, including one of the largest casinos afloat.
and teens even get their own special spaces with The Fun Zone, Off Limits
Teen Center, a video arcade and the Chill Out splash pool. That's the perfect
place for them to hang out while adults visit the Sanctuary - a quiet poolside
area of the ship just for adults to relax and unwind.
to Princess officials, Crown Princess' summer season will include 12 departures
from New York between May 12 and September 6 on the Eastern Caribbean. Ports
include Bermuda, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Turk. In fact,
her inaugural season is expected to be such a success that a second season
in New York has already been slated.
from New York in June 2006, the all- new Crown Princess offers a host of
firsts designed to captivate passengers and provide exciting new adventures
on and off the ship.
Read more about the Princess Cruise Line.