Princess Cruises has revealed several new features aboard its brand new cruise ship, Majestic Princess which is scheduled to debut in April 2017.
The new ship is a sister ship to Royal Princess and Regal Princess, and will offer many of the same iconic features such as the Piazza atrium and the glass floored SeaWalk. The new ship which is destining for China will however boast some new unique features not found on her sister ships.
There will be a number of new dining options on board, including two new speciality restaurants. The Harmony Cantonese Restaurant which has been created in partnership with Chef Richard Chen, former chef of ‘Wing Lei’ – the first Chinese restaurant in North America awarded a Michelin star. The new restaurant will serve Chinese cuisine. Le Bistrot will be located in the Piazza and will offer casual French home-style dining with a modern twist.
More new dining options include the re-themed self-service buffet which will be known as World Fresh Marketplace & Bakery, which will offer a wide variety of dishes from all over the world! For the health conscious, the Ocean Terrace Juice Bar will offer fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Further new Chinese themed dining venues include the Lobster Grill, Dim Sum Bar, Chopsticks Noodle Bar and Leaves Tea Bar (Bora Tea).
Majestic Princess will offer and wide variety of entertainment options, including private karaoke rooms each fitted with sofas, large TV screens and a mini-bar. What’s known as the Vista Lounge on her sister ships will become the Gaming Lounge on the new ship. Majestic Princess will offer a huge range of luxury boutiques covering nearly 1,100 square meters, including brands such as Cartier, Bvlgari and Chopard, leather goods from Burberry and Gucci, and designer watches by high-end brands including Montblanc and Rado.
Known as the Sanctuary and Retreat Pool on Royal Princess and Regal Princess, on Majestic Princess the area will become the Hollywood Pool Club & Conservatory. Unlike on her sister ships, Majestic Princess will feature a glass enclosed magrodome, proving shelter when the weather isn’t so nice.
Weighing in at 141,000 gross tonnes, the Majestic Princess is the first ship in the Princess Cruises’ fleet which has been designed and built specifically for the Chinese cruise market. The ship will however cruise the Mediterranean for six weeks following her maiden voyage, offering 7, 14, 21 and 28-night cruises departing from Rome, Barcelona and Athens.
Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises, said: “Over the past 50 years, we have developed a mastery of global travel delivering a truly international cruise holiday experience to our guests. With the debut of Majestic Princess, first in Europe and then in China we invite guests to indulge in a world-class experience that allows them to completely relax, unwind and ultimately ‘come back new’.”
The 3,560-passenger Majestic Princess will set sail on her inaugural cruise on 4 April 2017, a five-night round-trip Adriatic cruise from Rome, visiting Kotor and Corfu.