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New diamond princess delivered and christened in Japan

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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