Princess Cruises has revealed that its latest ship, Majestic Princess, will be heading to China in 2017.

It will sail year-round itineraries from Shanghai.

The ship will be purpose-built for the Chinese market and will feature a blend of international and Chinese features. Interestingly the ship will carry a Chinese name on the hull – 盛世公主号. “Shèng Shì Gōng Zhǔ Haò” is an interpretation selected by Carnival PLC’s China employees meaning “Grand World” or “Grand Spirit.” It cements the line’s commitment to the booming Chinese cruise market.

On this development Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said:

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 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.”

Majestic Princess

An artistic impression of Majestic Princess

The 143,000 gross-ton vessel is under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The ship will carry 3,560 passengers and will offer many of the distinctive features found upon sister ships Royal Princess and Regal Princess including the dramatic multi-story atrium, the vertigo-inducing glass-floored over-the-ocean SeaWalk, the Princess Live! interactive studio and the Chef’s Table Lumiere.

Majestic Princess will offer an international menu of flavours drawn from Italy, France, North and South America, Southeast Asia, Japan and China. As with all of Princess’ cruises in China, Majestic Princess will showcase the brand’s Princess Class experience, designed specifically for the Chinese market.

This experience includes events such as the World Leaders Dinner and Traditional English Afternoon Tea experience; exceptional culinary experiences such as the Lobster Grill; Ultimate Balcony Dining, with an ocean-view hot pot dinner option; and luxury duty-free shopping. The ship will also offer Princess’ signature Movies Under the Stars, with the largest outdoor screen at sea, and the Princess Water Colour Fantasy fountain and light show.

Cabins will be configured to appeal to families and multi-generational travellers, and all outside staterooms will come with a private balcony.

(Image credit to Princess Cruises)

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