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Princess Cruises names its newest ship, begins building program

Excerpt from Expert Cruiser

Aug 29, 2012 1:10 pm

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The Regal Princess was named after one of the line’s early iconic ships in an event that marked the beginning of Princess’s expansion, although ship won’t be ready to sail until 2014.

— Samantha Shankman

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Princess Cruises today marked the beginning of construction of the second of its new generation of ships with the official keel laying ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. At the same time the line announced that the ship’s name will be Regal Princess.

Following a traditional blessing by a priest, the ship’s keel – which weighs approximately 500 tons – was moved into position by a huge crane onto the keel blocks. The computer-guided maneuver took only minutes, belying the more than 2 million man hours that will ultimately go into building the vessel. The 3,600-passenger, 141,000-ton ship will remain in the building dock until its float-out next summer.

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