SANTA CLARITA, Calif.
Feb. 14, 2012
by unveiling the maiden season itineraries of its highly anticipated
, as well as some additional features of the ship's signature, and greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship.
Preceding the ship's inaugural program of 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises between
will sail on her inaugural voyage, a seven-day Iberia cruise from Southampton to
maiden season cruises will open for sale on
March 15, 2012
. There will also be two three-day preview cruises sailing roundtrip from Southampton on
and 13 that will be available for booking at a later date.
"It's fitting that our new ship will cruise on our most popular
itinerary, the Grand Mediterranean," said
, executive vice president for Princess Cruises. "And the shorter preview cruises prior to the Mediterranean season certainly offer a unique opportunity to sample the new Royal Princess experience our passengers are eagerly awaiting."
Also revealed today were more details about the ship's atrium and its vibrant collection of always-changing quick bites and light meals, beverages, entertainment, shopping and guest services. This signature space will be 50 percent larger than on the newest class of Princess ships and will debut a number of brand new features, including Bellini's Italian cocktail bar, Ocean Terrace seafood bar, a gelateria, and Celebrations, a new gift shop for those marking special occasions onboard.