Friday, April 27, 2012

Cruise News:Princess Cruises Raises the Curtain on New Royal Princess Entertainment Venue

Princess Live!
Entertainment is a big part of every cruise, and even though it’s included in the fare, many shows are worthy of a box office tariff. Cruise lines put a lot of effort into the selection of entertainers and the content of their shows. And now Princess Cruises has announced they are raising the bar at sea to provide a new style of shipboard entertainment with the introduction of Princess Live!, a new type of cruise ship entertainment venue that passengers will enjoy aboard their new Royal Princess, set to launch in June 2013. Taking the audience behind the scenes to share the excitement of a working television studio, the high-tech Princess Live! will showcase live television broadcasts, intimate performances from musicians, and special events such as cooking shows.

Located on Royal Princess’ deck 7 just aft of the Piazza, Princess Live! will be a flexible, 280-seat venue based on a television broadcast studio. When the ship debuts, Princess Live! will serve as a venue for daily broadcasts of “The Wake Show” with a new twist—a daily live audience. This popular daily show, hosted by the cruise director and featuring special guests from around the ship, is a staple across the Princess fleet, but is rarely staged live. The colorful Princess Live! studio will also host a variety of events, including game shows, interactive cooking shows, art house films, enrichment classes, murder mysteries, trivia, and “Meet the Experts” presentations from the crew. Additionally, Princess Live! will serve as a more intimate performance venue for onboard musicians who will offer “unplugged” and “in-the-round” shows, providing an opportunity for entertainers to connect with the audience in a unique environment.

And that’s not all. Princess Live! will feature an adjacent café with interactive, wall-mounted screens showing the ship’s position, ports of call, points of interest and even international newspapers. The café will serve up specialty coffees, teas and freshly squeezed citrus juice, plus it will offer a selection of fresh-baked croissants and pastries in the morning.

Royal Princess will also feature the line’s largest Princess Theater ever, with unobstructed sight lines from every seat and passengers will enjoy the return of an updated Vista Lounge at the aft of the ship to serve as an alternate evening performance venue.

Princess Cruises Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations, Rai Caluori, and Vice President of Entertainment, Martin Hall, invite you to take a virtual tour of Royal Princess’ entertainment venues in the following video.

Currently under construction for Princess Cruises, the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship with an evolutionary design that builds on all the signature features passengers have grown to enjoy aboard the current Princess Cruises fleet. Among the new features found on board will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; the dramatic over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed enclosed walkway on the ship's starboard side extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water; a dazzling water and light show; more dining options including a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, wine cellar dining area and an expanded Horizon Court with pastry shop. Eighty percent of the ship’s staterooms will feature a balcony. More information about the ship is available on the Princess Cruises website and additional details about other ship features will be released in the coming months.

Image and Video Courtesy of Princess Cruises

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