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Duchess to launch cruise liner

11 April 2013 09:31

The Duchess of Cambridge is to launch a new cruise liner in June

The Duchess of Cambridge is to launch a new cruise liner in June

The Duchess of Cambridge has agreed to become 'godmother' to a new cruise liner, it has been announced. The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess will be launched by the Duchess at Southampton on June 13 during a naming and blessing ceremony that will see the traditional smashing of a bottle on her hull and a performance by the Royal Marines Band and Irish Guards pipers.

The Duchess, whose baby is due in mid-July, will be taken aboard for a tour of Princess Cruises' new 141,000-tonne liner. Features include a glass-bottomed walkway on the top deck, extending 28ft from the edge of the ship, balconies on all outside staterooms and what promises to be the biggest pastry shop at sea. Princess Cruises' president and chief executive, Alan Buckelew, said it was a "great honour" that the Duchess had accepted the invitation to become "Godmother to the Royal Princess".

Three days after the launch the new liner is set to leave on its maiden voyage that will stop in Portugal, Gibraltar and Spain. This summer will see the Royal Princess offering Mediterranean cruises, breaks for which holidaymakers should have cruise travel insurance. Later in the year it will sail west for a programme of eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the autumn.