Princess Cruises Celebrates Float Out of Regal Princess

Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:39pm EDT

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"Cruise Critic" Editor in Chief, Carolyn Spencer Brown, Serves as "Madrina" as
Ship Meets Ocean for First Time
SANTA CLARITA, Calif.,  March 26, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Regal Princess  reached
a significant construction milestone today when the  Princess Cruises  vessel
was "floated out" at its building dock at the Fincantieri shipyard in  Italy. A
traditional ceremony marked the occasion as the ship met the ocean for the first


Following the Italian shipyard's custom, the float out of a ship begins when a
"madrina," or godmother, cuts the cord that begins the flow of water into the
ship's building dock.  Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of the popular
online community Cruise Critic, served in this role to begin the two-day process
of setting the ship afloat.

"To mark this important milestone we selected a woman who lives and breathes the
cruise industry," said  Alan Buckelew, president and CEO of Princess Cruises.
"Carolyn has been the editor-in-chief for Cruise Critic for 10 years and not
only is she a champion of cruising, she's helped to build an avid community of
cruisers. Her passion for cruising made her the perfect choice to serve as
madrina for our new Regal Princess."

A video of the float-out ceremony is available on  YouTube.

Once afloat, the ship will be moved to the outfitting dock where final
construction and interior outfitting will take place.  Regal Princess,  a sister
ship to the soon-to-debut  Royal Princess,  will debut in  June 2014  with a
season of Mediterranean cruises.

Regal Princess  and  Royal Princess  are new-generation ships for Princess
Cruises. Among the special features found on board the 3,600-passenger vessels
will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; a dramatic
over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28
feet beyond the edge of the vessel; plush private poolside cabanas that appear
to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio; a pastry
shop; a special Chef's Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds
diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a
professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the
company's website at

About Princess Cruises:

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and
tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for their innovative
design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all
provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. Two ships are under
construction and will join the fleet in 2013 and 2014. A recognized leader in
worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.3 million passengers each year to
destinations around the globe ranging in length from three to 107 days. The
company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

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