Princess Cruises’ new Majestic Princess is to boast two new speciality restaurants, other new dining options, karaoke suites and almost 1,100sqm of luxury boutiques when she debuts in April 2017.
Built specifically for the Chinese market, the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess has been designed as a sister to Princess Cruises’ two other Royal Class ships, Regal Princess and Royal Princess. The ship will offer many of the same onboard features as her sisters, including the Piazza atrium; the Princess Live! TV studio; the Chef’s Table Lumiere dining experience; and SeaWalk, a glass-floored walkway extending 8m beyond the edge of the ship.
New features will include Harmony Cantonese Restaurant, a speciality dining venue created in partnership with Chef Richard Chen, former chef of Wing Lei, which was the first Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in North America. A second speciality dining venue, Le Bistrot, will offer casual French home-style dining with a modern twist. Both restaurants have been designed by Jeff Beers International, as have Leaves Tea Bar and the VIP Casino.
Other new dining options will include the World Fresh Marketplace (named Horizon Court buffet on other Princess ships), the Ocean Terrace Juice Bar, the Lobster Grill and Dim Sum Bar, Chopsticks Noodle Bar and Leaves Tea Bar (Boba Tea).
Majestic Princess will also offer private karaoke rooms with sofas, large TV screens and a mini-bar, as well as nearly 1,100sqm of luxury boutiques selling designer products from Cartier, Bvlgari, Chopard, Burberry, Gucci, Montblanc and Rado. The shopping arcade has been designed by London-based firm CallisonRTKL.
“Over the past 50 years, we have developed a mastery of global travel delivering a truly international cruise holiday experience to our guests,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “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’.”
Majestic Princess will depart on her inaugural five-day voyage on 4 April 2017, cruising roundtrip from Rome, Italy and calling at Kotor, Montenegro and Corfu, Greece. Following her maiden cruise, the newbuild will spend six weeks in the Mediterranean, sailing 7, 14, 21 and 28-day cruises from Rome, Barcelona in Spain or Athens in Greece.
The vessel will depart Barcelona on 14 May to reposition to her permanent homeport in Shanghai, China, where she will offer voyages to destinations in Japan and Korea.