Majestic Princess

Majestic Princess is the third Royal-class cruise ship that is owned and operated by Princess Cruises. It entered service in April 2017 and currently serves Asia and Oceania.

Majestic Princess
History
United Kingdom
Name:
  • Majestic Princess
  • 盛世公主号
Owner: Carnival plc
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: London,  United Kingdom
Builder: Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
Yard number: 6232
Laid down: 10 July 2015
Launched: 8 February 2016
Sponsored by: Yao Ming and Ye Li
Christened: 9 July 2017
Acquired: 30 March 2017
Maiden voyage: 4 April 2017
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Royal-class cruise ship
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 144,216 GT[1]
Length: 330.0 m (1,082.7 ft)[1]
Beam: 38.4 m (126 ft)[1]
Height: 68.3 m (224 ft)[2]
Draught: 8.55 m (28.1 ft)[3]
Decks: 19[2]
Installed power: 62,400 kW (83,700 hp)[1]
Propulsion: 2 × 18,000 kW (24,000 hp)[1]
Speed: 22 kn (41 km/h; 25 mph)[2]
Capacity: 3,560
Crew: 1,346

History

Planning

The then-unnamed vessel was ordered on 30 July 2014 from Fincantieri at a cost of €600 million.[4][5] The ship was planned to carry the same features and design as its two sister ships, Royal Princess and Regal Princess.[4] In May 2015, Princess announced that their third Royal-class ship would be deployed to China year-round and be modified accordingly.[6] On 9 October 2015, it was unveiled that the ship would be named Majestic Princess, and also carry the conjoining Chinese name, 盛世公主号 (Shèngshì Gōngzhǔ Hào, literally Golden age princess), an interpretation selected by Carnival PLC's China employees, which means "Grand World" or "Grand Spirit".[7]

Design and construction

Construction of Majestic Princess began on 10 July 2015 with her keel laying at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.[8] She was launched on 8 February 2016[9] and delivered to Princess Cruises on 30 March 2017.[10] The ship's godparents are Yao Ming and Ye Li, who both christened the vessel on 9 July 2017 in Shanghai.[11]

Majestic Princess is outfitted to accommodate the Chinese market, with facilities and amenities originally designed to meet Chinese tastes and accommodate Mandarin Chinese in signage, announcements, and offerings.[12] Such facilities include a Cantonese cuisine-centered specialty restaurant, a tea bar, a VIP casino, and private karaoke rooms.[13]

Areas of operation

Majestic Princess embarked on her inaugural cruise, a five-day Adriatic voyage round-trip from Rome, on 4 April 2017.[14] She spent her first month cruising in the Mediterranean before repositioning to Asia from Barcelona on 14 May 2017 and arriving in Shanghai on 11 July 2017.[14]

Majestic Princess began its inaugural season sailing from Shanghai but now runs sailings between Southeast Asia from Shanghai and Keelung during the upper hemisphere summer season and in Oceania from Sydney during the lower hemisphere summer season.[15][16]

References

  1. "Majestic Princess". Fincantieri. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. "Majestic Princess Ship Facts". Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. "Majestic Princess (9614141)". LR Class Direct. Lloyd's Register. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  4. Staff, C. I. N. (30 July 2014). "Princess Orders Third Royal-class Ship for 2017 Delivery". www.cruiseindustrynews.com.
  5. "Majestic Princess Cruise Ship - Ship Technology". Ship Technology. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  6. Stieghorst, Tim (15 May 2015). "Princess Cruises to put new build in China: Travel Weekly". www.travelweekly.com. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  7. Bond, Mary (9 October 2015). "Princess names Chinese year-round ship Majestic Princess". Seatrade Cruise News.
  8. "AL VIA I LAVORI IN BACINO PER LA NUOVA NAVE DI PRINCESS CRUISES". 10 July 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  9. "Fincantieri met à l'eau le premier paquebot de Princess destiné à Chine". 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  10. "FINCANTIERI: "MAJESTIC PRINCESS" DELIVERED IN MONFALCONE". 30 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  11. "Chinese basketball stars to name Majestic Princess". Seatrade Cruise News. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  12. "The first Princess cruise ship built specifically for the Chinese market arrives in Shanghai". Los Angeles Times. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  13. Gibson, Rebecca (25 August 2016). "Majestic Princess to feature karaoke suites and speciality restaurants". CruiseandFerry.net.
  14. "Introducing Majestic Princess". CRUISE TO TRAVEL. 26 August 2016.
  15. Staff, CIN (12 March 2018). "Majestic Princess Ready for Taiwan Program". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  16. "2018/19 Australian cruise season preview - Australia goes luxe - Cruise Passenger". cruisepassenger.com.au. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
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