This ship is the same as the Britannia. The Royal Princess started the Royal Class of ship for the Princess Cruise operator. Built by Fincantieri at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, she was named by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton on 13 June 2013. In May 2014 Princess Cruises launched her almost identical sister the Regal Princess, then in 2015 The Britannia became the third ship and placed in the P&O brand. There is a choice of three of these Royal Class ships. After you have taken a look at the Princess films, see our own Britannia film made by Jean and see what the differences are. Unless we read it incorrectly, The Royal Princess version appears to have stairs in the middle up to the Lido Deck.
Full information here Royal Princess
Learn about the very special Princess Luxury Bed
- Caribbean Princess – (Sister to Azura)
- Coral Princess – (Panamax ship)
- Crown Princess – (sister to Azura – Grand Class Ship)
- Diamond Princess – (smaller but sister to Azura – Grand Class Ship)
- Discovery Princess – (new in 2022)
- Emerald Princess – (sister to Azura)
- Enchanted Princess –
- Grand Princess – (smaller but sister to Azura – Grand Class Ship)
- Island Princess – (Panamax ship)
- Majestic Princess – (sister to Britannia)
How about reading one of our adventure cruise ship crime novels written by the team here at Doris Visits who have written movies and TV until these books. Paperback, Kindle and audiobooks are slowly loading in 2022
and now as an audiobook
There is a more interesting story on the name of the Royal Princess. The name has been around a long time. Some is in the History of the Princess Cruises which we strongly suggest you read when you have two minutes. But the name pops up in the history of a small British Cruise company, Swan Hellenic. Swan Hellenic was acquired from the Swan family by P&O in back in 1983. P&O, Princess etc all have history, so eventually Swan Hellenic became a subsidiary of the Carnival Corporation & plc. Swan Hellenic was known for its small 300 passenger ship. Under Carnival, the ship Minerva was replaced by the 600-passenger Minerva II. The cruisers that used Swan Hellenic were not overly impressed, and it lead to calls that the original cruise concept of small ship cruising had vanished. The new ship we remind you only held 600, less than the Adonia. In April 2007, Carnival ended its operation of Swan Hellenic. The ship Minerva II went back to the Princess fleet, with the new name Royal Princess. This is why you may find many Royal Princess ships when searching. With no ship, it was thought to be the end of Swan Hellenic especially as others launched small ships to take the passengers who had no favourite ship left. However, in 2007, Lord Sterling, the former chairman of P&O, announced he was to buy Swan Hellenic and was looking for a vessel. Swan Hellenic was subsequently acquired by the All Leisure Holidays Group Plc, who also own Voyages of Discovery who ran the ship Explorer II, previously their ship the Minerva and it was all back to where they started. Swan Hellenic cruises started up again in 2008, but failed to turn a profit with the small ship and after significant losses which put pressure on the entire group, the company closed insolvent. More recently, in 2017, G Adventures the company that designs bespoke adventure holidays to eclectic destinations purchased the name and brand.