Princess Cruises has announced its newest ship will be named by the original cast of US TV show, The Love Boat. Regal Princess, a 3-560 guest ship that first set sail in May this year, will be christened on November 5, 2014 by the cast who will subsequently serve as ‘godparents’.
The main six Love Boat cast members will reunite to christen Regal Princess: Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher the chief purser), Ted Lange (Isaac the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship’s doctor), Lauren Tewes (Julie the cruise director) and Jill Whelan (Vicki the Captain’s daughter).
After her naming, Regal Princess will begin her maiden season of Caribbean cruising.
Regal Princess is sister ship to Royal Princess, which was launched last year by HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge. The ship is the 18th in the Princess Cruises fleet and has:
· Capacity for 3,560 guests
· 1,780 staterooms
· 19 decks
· 1,346 crew
· 16 bars and restaurants including three dining rooms
· A spa and fitness centre
The ship also includes several signature Princess Cruises’ features including SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway that extends 28 feet over the edge of the ship, and Princess Live, a television studio with on board programming throughout the day.
At a length of 1,083 feet, Regal Princess is longer than the height of the Shard, the tallest building in the UK. And at 217 feet high is taller than 15 double-decker London buses stacked on top of one another.
Last month Princess Cruises revealed that it has reached an agreement to build a 600m euro sister ship to Regal Princess and Royal Princess, which will launch in 2017.