SHANGHAI, 14 July 2017: Princess Cruises announced, Thursday, the arrival of its first new international luxury cruise liner tailor-made for China.
Majestic Princess arrived in Shanghai to begin her maiden season.
Yao Ming and Ye Li served as the ‘Naming Ambassadors’ and officially named Majestic Princess during an inaugural ceremony.
The ceremony was also attended by Baoshan District party secretary and Shanghai International Cruise Business institute director general, Wang Hong, Carnival Corporation & plc president, Arnold Donald and CEO and Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia group president, Jan Swartz.
“The Majestic Princess inaugural celebration was remarkable for Princess Cruises as well as Carnival Corporation, as we continue to strategically reinforce our long-term commitment to the growing cruise industry in China,” said Donald. “We believe all Chinese families will appreciate the value of cruising as a new vacation option and create life-long memories from their experiences aboard Majestic Princess.”
The new cruise ship features two specialty dinner menus designed exclusively for Princess by Michelin star-awarded chefs Emmanuel Renaut (La Mer) and Richard Chen (Harmony); the largest duty-free shops at sea; the most technologically-advanced, immersive musical and cinematic production at sea, “Fantastic Journey,” featuring drones and state-of-the-art video mapping; a new youth programme, “Camp Discovery” for Chinese children; and the Princess Luxury Bed developed in collaboration with board-certified doctor and sleep expert, Michael Breus, PhD.
“Majestic Princess, our new flagship, is a perfect demonstration of ‘East meets West’ international cruise vacation experience,” said Swartz. “Representing over 50 years of experience, we are confident Majestic Princess has redefined the luxury cruising experience.”
Majestic Princess recently finished the “Silk Road Sea Route,” a 49-day journey from Rome to Shanghai. During the voyage the ship visited 22 ports including Athens, Dubai, Cochin, Singapore, Port Klang, Xiamen, Hong Kong, and Japan before arriving in Shanghai, her new homeport in China.
In 2018, two 14-day Grand Asia voyage sailings between Shanghai and Singapore, will be available to guests throughout the world on Majestic Princess. These sailings will visit Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand, including spending more time ashore on the late night call in Hong Kong.
The first voyage departs Shanghai 25 February, 2018, with the second departing Singapore 11 March, 2018.
Princess Cruises will also call Australia home from September 2018 to March 2019. Majestic Princess will sail itineraries from Sydney and Auckland on voyages from six to 13 days in length, and will call in ports at destinations including New Zealand, Tasmania, Fiji and other islands in the South Pacific.
Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 cruise ships. Princess carries 2 million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to 114 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc.
(Source: Princess Cruises)