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Royal Princess arrives on Southampton
The arrival of Royal Princess in Southampton today was celebrated with a musical salute, conducted by British actor, director and writer Simon Callow.

The Southampton University Brass Band serenaded the new Princess Cruises ship with a rendition of God Save The Queen as the vessel sailed into the port.

This marks the start of a week-long series of special inaugural events before Royal Princess is officially named on 13 June 2013 by the Duchess of Cambridge.

When Royal Princess came into dock for the finale, the ship’s horn played the theme song from the Love Boat – the 1970s television show that helped make the line a household name.

Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ executive vice president said:

“What an extraordinary welcome Royal Princess received for her arrival in Southampton. Starting the week off with this amazing musical orchestra offered the perfect way to tune up for a naming ceremony that will celebrate with many special musical performances.”

The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess features an over-water SeaWalk – a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship, private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on water, the new Princess Live! television studio, the largest pastry shop at sea, a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light, and balconies on all outside staterooms.

Royal Princess’ inaugural celebrations will conclude with her maiden voyage on 16th June.

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