A Very Happy Fifth Birthday to the Royal Princess

Royal Princess Cruise Ship Celebrates Her Fifth Anniversary

It was five years ago today that the 3,560 guest Royal Princess cruise ship, was christened by the expectant HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge in Southampton.

Since then, Royal Princess has sailed over 600,000 miles. That is the equivalent of travelling 25 times around the world. 730,000 guests have had the pleasure of cruising onboard this magnificent ship, during which time she has clocked up an impressive 79 ports and 23 countries. Guests have enjoyed18,000,000 onboard meals, 10,000 ‘Royal afternoon teas, more than 10,000,000 slices of complimentary top-deck pizza and 310,000 glasses of champagne.

Bellini's Champagne Bar onboard Royal Princess
Bellini’s Champagne Bar onboard Royal Princess
Chateaubriand, served onboard Royal Princess
Chateaubriand, served onboard Royal Princess

Royal Princess is currently based in Southampton for the summer season, travelling around the British Isles. 

The ship was the first to include signature Princess Cruises’ features such as the SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway that extends 28 feet over the edge of the ship, and Princess Live, a television studio with onboard programming throughout the day.

The Seawalk onboard Royal Princess
The Seawalk

Royal Princess has also become a star of the small screen, as for the past two years she has been the setting for three series of primetime ITV documentary ‘The Cruise’. Set in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, the series offered viewers an insight into life onboard a Princess ship for both guests and crew, and attracted a combined average audience of around 4m per episode.

Image Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker
Image Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Timothy Gallant, star of The Cruise TV show aired on ITV

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ Vice President UK and Europe, said: “Royal Princess’ special ties with the UK mean she is always thought of particularly fondly over here. It’s therefore especially fitting that the ship is spending her fifth year anniversary sailing a season around the British Isles.”

“We wish all the crew onboard a happy birthday and hope guests who have enjoyed spending time on Royal Princess previously, or are booked to travel on her in future, will raise a glass to her next five years setting sail across the world.”

Royal Princess’ sister ship, Regal Princess, was launched in May 2014, followed by another sister ship, Majestic Princess, in March 2017. Three further sister ships will launch in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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