Majestic Princess Cruise Ship, China
Majestic Princess, the third cruise ship of the Royal Princess class, is being built at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard in Italy for Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.
The cruise liner is the first vessel to be custom-designed and built for Chinese market and incorporates the successful design platform introduced on her sister ships Royal Princess and Regal Princess, which entered service in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Scheduled to be launched in 2017, the 143,000t vessel will be home-ported in Shanghai, China, and offer cruises to Japan and Korea.
Construction and specifications
Royal Princess is a cruise liner constructed by Fincantieri for the British-American cruise line Princess Cruises.
Princess Cruises has made an agreement with the Italian ship builder Fincantieri for the construction of a new royal-cruise ship at an all-in cost of €600m in July 2014.
The ship's keel laying ceremony, which included lowering its bottommost part, weighing about 500t, into its position on to the keel blocks, was held in July 2015 at Monfalcone shipyard.
The cruise ship will have a total length of 1,083ft and height of 217ft, and offer a service speed of 22kt.
Majestic Princess is designed to include 19 decks, which will offer a variety of amenities and facilities for the passengers to relax, refresh and enjoy.
Deck 4 or Gala, which will feature a medical centre, and Deck 5, also known as Plaza, will house public places including Bar Piazza, International Café, Lotus Spa, The Piazza, Vines Bar and dining hall.
Deck 6 or Fiesta will have Alfredo's Pizzeria, art gallery, Bellini's casino, dining room, photo-video gallery and Princess theatre. Deck 7 or Promenade will feature boutiques, Crown Grill & Bar, internet café, library, Princess Live interactive television studio, and upper level of Princess theatre.
No public areas will be present from Decks 8 to 16. These eight decks, named respectively Emerald, Dolphin, Caribe, Baja, Aloha, Riviera, Marina and Lido, will feature staterooms for passenger accommodation.
Deck 17/Sun deck will have a fitness centre and hot tub facilities. Deck 18/Sports deck will offer Movie Under the Stars, which is a signature set up with the largest outdoor screen offered by Princess Cruises. Deck 19 or Sky deck, the last deck on the vessel, will be open to sky.
Accommodation aboard Majestic Princess
Majestic Princess will be outfitted with 1,780 guest cabins, which will accommodate more than 3,500 passengers. The stateroom categories include 36 suites with private balconies, 374 mini suites, 325 deluxe balcony cabins, 703 balcony cabins, 342 inside cabins and 36 wheel chair-accessible cabins.
Suites with balconies will be between 440ft² and 682ft² and will include a spacious cabin and a large balcony measuring between 83ft² and 338ft², along with suite-only benefits. They will feature separate seating area with a sofa-bed, walk-in closet, full bathroom and deluxe amenities.
Premium mini-suites with balcony will offer spacious cabin with a separate seating area and sofa, and an extra-large balcony. The bathroom will feature a combination of tub and shower.
Mini-suites with balcony will be 299ft² in size including a 41ft² balcony and feature a separate seating area. Premium deluxe balconies and deluxe balconies will be larger than the standard balcony staterooms and feature approximately 233ft² cabin and 41ft² balcony area. They will offer features similar to those of the balcony staterooms, and an additional sofa bed for third passenger.
Obstructed view deluxe balcony cabins will offer 233ft² cabins with similar features of the balcony staterooms, but will have a partially or fully obstructed view from the balcony.
Balcony suites will have 222ft² of cabin space and 41ft² of balcony space and will feature fine amenities and offer decent sea views from the private balcony.
Obstructed view balcony staterooms will feature all the comforts and amenities of the balcony cabins and will offer a partially or fully-obstructed view from the balcony. Interior staterooms will be approximately between 166ft² and 175ft².
Other recreational facilities
The cruise liner will offer special features including a multi-story atrium, which will serve as the social hub, a unique over-the-ocean SeaWalk that features a glass-floor walkway extending 8m beyond the edge of the ship, and Chef's Table Lumiere, a private dining for the guests, surrounded by a curtain of light.
Itineraries of Majestic Princess
The cruise ship will join its Princess fleet, in Rome, where it sets for its inaugural sailings in April, 2017. Its first trip will be a five-day Maiden Adriatic Sea roundtrip voyage to Kotor and Corfu, followed by a series of seven-day, 14-day, 21 and 28-day Mediterranean voyages departing Barcelona, Athens and Rome between April and May.
Once she finishes her inaugural launch, she will sail to Asia for her maiden China cruise season.