Royal Princess arrives in Southampton ahead of launch

Royal Princess arrives in Southampton ahead of launch

A musical salute provided a spectacular welcome for Royal Princess to Southampton earlier as the new cruise ship arrived to begin a week-long series of special inaugural events.

British actor, director and writer Simon Callow orchestrated the Southampton University Brass Band to serenade the new Princess Cruises ship with a rendition of “God Save The Queen” as the vessel sailed into the harbor.

Royal Princess will be officially named in Southampton on Thursday, June 13th by The Duchess of Cambridge.

“What an extraordinary welcome Royal Princess received for her arrival in Southampton,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.

“Starting the week off with this amazing musical orchestra offered the perfect way to tune up for a naming ceremony that will celebrate with many special musical performances.”

The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship.

Among the special features found on board is a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship offering a host of dining and entertainment options; an over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water; the new Princess Live! television studio; the largest pastry shop at sea; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms.