Princess Cruises will bolster its fleet with a sixth ship in 2021, while Holland America Line will welcome a third new ship in 2022.

A number of new passenger features including two new speciality restaurants will make their debut onboard Princess Cruises’ next new ship, Majestic Princess, which is set to enter the fleet in April next year.

The 3,560-passenger vessel will be the third in the line’s Royal class of ship, of which there are currently two in service – Royal Princess and Regal Princess. A further two ships will follow in 2019 and 2020 but as yet have not been named.

Far removed from the world of cruising, Chef Richard Chen, the mastermind behind Wing Lei, one of Las Vegas’ most celebrated Chinese restaurants has put together a new concept known as “Harmony”. Chef Chen’s flagship location became the first Chinese restaurant in North America to be awarded a Michelin star and the new hotspot will serve up the Chef’s interpretations of modern Cantonese cuisine, and is a first for the Princess Cruises fleet.

Harmony Restaurant will be serving up modern Cantonese dishes on Princess Cruises' Majestic Princess.
Harmony Restaurant will be serving up modern Cantonese dishes on Majestic Princess.

A second new eatery will be positioned within the ship’s atrium. Le Bistrot will reflect a Parisian bistro and will dish up comfortable French-inspired dishes with a bit of personality. These will include traditional escargot casseroles, braised ox tongue and mushroom ragout, along with baguettes, tarts and pastries.

As the third member of Princess Cruises’ Royal Class, dining options already in place on the line’s first two ships in this class will also feature on Majestic Princess. These will include the Chef’s Table Lumiere, personally hosted by the ship’s Executive Chef and incorporating a galley tour and multi-course meal. Princess’ signature steakhouse Crown Grill & Bar will continue to feature cuts of meat prepared in an open kitchen. Italian fare will also feature in the form of Alfredo’s, continuing to serve up Neapolitan-style pizzas, baked pastas and more.

Furthermore, the multi-station World Fresh Marketplace returns on Majestic Princess, however a new station known as ‘East Meets West’ and serving street food style cuisine will bolster the casual dining experience offered here.

A rendering of the new French home-style restaurant, Le Bistrot.
A rendering of the new French home-style restaurant, Le Bistrot.

Built around these and other public spaces, more than 80% of the staterooms on the new Princess ship will offer a balcony and the Luxury Beds which are gradually being installed across the entire fleet. Entertainment will come in the form of two theatre shows – ‘Fiera’ and ‘Fantastic Journey’ – both already playing to rave reviews on other Princess ships. The ‘Movies Under The Stars’ screen will be in place around the central pool on the top deck, while the Water Color Fantasy light and sound show will also star on Majestic Princess.

The ship will also feature SeaWalk, a short glass-bottomed walkway which allows guests to literally walk above the water on a see-through platform.

Majestic Princess will make its debut in early April 2017, with its maiden voyage being a five-day cruise around the Adriatic Sea from Rome, stopping in Corfu & Kotor. A short series of four week-long voyages will then set sail from Barcelona, Rome and Athens which can either be booked individually or be combined to form a 14, 21 or 28-day itinerary. The ship will then be relocated to China, where it will be based long-term in Shanghai from July.

Princess Cruises has released a special video offering a look at the new Majestic Princess. Take a look here.

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