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Why Princess Cruises' New Ship Has Two Names

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Princess Cruises | Patrick Clarke | October 09, 2015

Why Princess Cruises' New Ship Has Two Names

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Princess Cruises announced Friday that its new Royal Class ship will carry two names: the Majestic Princess and Sheng Shi Gong Zhu Hao.

Currently under construction, the vessel will be a sister ship to the Royal Princess and Regal Princess, sailing out of Shanghai, China, year-round beginning in mid-2017.

Because the ship is being designed for Chinese guests and will service that region of the world, in addition to its English name it will also carry a Chinese name, Sheng Shi Gong Zhu Hao. The name was chosen by Carnival Corporation & plc employees and translates to "Grand World" or "Grand Spirit."

"Royal Princess and Regal Princess were named after iconic previous vessels, while Majestic Princess will carry a name that was chosen by our global employees," the cruise line's President Jan Swartz said in a statement. "The name Majestic Princess is well suited to the Princess Cruises experience in China, and she will offer a truly magnificent experience to our Chinese guests."

The Majestic Princess is currently undergoing construction at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard. Upon completion, the 3,560-passenger ship will sail from China to nearby destinations including Japan and Korea.

The ship's notable features will include a SeaWalk glass-floor walkway extending 28 feet from the ship over the ocean and a Princess Live! interactive studio. The ship will also boast the line's signature Movies Under the Stars and the Princess WaterColor Fantasy fountain and light show.

In a statement, Swartz said the Majestic Princess "represents our brand's long-term commitment to the continuing growth of the China market."

Princess Cruises said it plans to reveal additional details regarding the ship and its itineraries in the coming months. 

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