Under sunny skies in Nagasaki, Japan, the new Diamond Princess was named yesteday in a…
Under sunny skies in Nagasaki, Japan, the new Diamond Princess was named yesteday in a colorful
ceremony which featured traditional Japanese festivities set against the state-of-the-art ship. The ship was delivered earlier in the morning to Princess Cruises by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), builders of
the 116,000-ton vessel.
Diamond Princess was named by Mrs. Yoshiko Tsukuda, wife of Kazuo Tsukuda, president of MHI. Dressed in a traditional kimono, Mrs. Tsukuda officially launched the ship in a ceremony that including such Japanese touches as a taiko drum performance, a traditional dragon dance and a
Shinto-style blessing. Hundreds of guests from around Japan and other Asian regions attended the ceremony, which also featured a spectacular fireworks display and other touches designed to bring the ship good fortune.
The 116,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess launches a new ship design for Princess and makes history as the first large cruise ship built in Japan in more than a decade. The vessel incorporates Princess`trademark design philosophy — including an abundance of balcony cabins,
flexibility in dining and entertainment options, Princess` renowned service and a variety of intimate spaces — giving the ship all of the choice of a large ship with the feel of a much smaller vessel. The ship offers passengers a unique dining program with four themed dining rooms,complimenting the main dining room and Sabatini’s trattoria — Princess’
trademark alternative restaurant; a new Princess Concierge Service; the fleet`s largest Internet Café, and the debut of Club Fusion, a new high-tech dance lounge.
Diamond Princess depart Nagasaki yesterday on a trans-Atlantic crossing as it positions to Los Angeles for its inaugural season of Mexico cruises, which begins March 13. The ship will be based in Seattle this summer for
seven-day round-trip Inside Passage cruises to Alaska.
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