Princess Cruises held a Madrina ceremony for its new ship, Enchanted Princess, in Fincantieri, Italy, today with Doris Ho CEO of Magsaysay Inc, serving as the Madrina.

Enchanted Princess is the latest in the Royal Class of ships for Princess Cruises, and is currently in its final stages of construction.

The Madrina ceremony is similar to a christening of a ship, and today’s event involved a ceremonial bottle of champagne being smashed over the bow of the new vessel.

Doris Ho was there as the Madrina, a role responsible for wishing the ship a safe onward journey as it is floated-out of the shipyard.

Princess Cruises’ Rai Caluori (left) and Tony Roberts (right) with Doris Ho

The Magsaysay Inc. CEO joined the firm in 1981, where under her leadership and guidance, the company found its place in the ship manning business. In November 2015, the Office of the President of the Philippines conferred upon her the Order of Gawad Mabini with the rank of Commander.

In 2018, she was awarded the Seatrade Asia Personality of the Year Award and MVP Grand Bossing Award. With such a history within the shipping industry, you can see why she has been asked to perform this special role.

The Royal Class of ships started with Royal Princess in 2013, when it was christened by the Duchess of Cambridge. Enchanted Princess is the fifth vessel to join the class, and will debut and be christened in Southampton in June 2020. It will be an important year for Princess Cruises in the UK, with three ships sailing from Southampton and a 30% increase in capacity.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ Vice President, UK & Europe, said: “We’re delighted to see another significant stage of Enchanted Princess’ construction successfully completed. The countdown to her launch in Southampton next year continues and we’re eagerly anticipating the final development of this stunning ship over the next few months.”

Although details are yet to be revealed about the naming ceremony, Tony Roberts highlighted how the Royal Princess christening in Southampton in 2013 was fantastic, and such a memorable occasion, and Enchanted Princess will continue to build on this.

Enhanced Princess will sail to Southampton from Italy in June 2020 after spending a few days in the UK city to celebrate the christening.

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Enchanted Princess will feature a number of new and reimagined venues on board, including:

  • Two new Sky Suites, each of which can accommodate five guests. Located at the top of the ship, they feature 270-degree panoramic views.
  • A reimagined Salty Dog Gastropub. The rustic pub space will be an exciting new venue where guests can watch sporting events, gather with friends over drinks and small bites, and sample in the award-winning Ernesto Burger, created by chef partner, Ernesto Uchimura.
  • Princess Cruises’ acclaimed speciality restaurant, Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria, will be transformed, with a new modern, contemporary feel and featuring unique handmade pasta courses developed in collaboration with Los Angeles chef Angelo Auriana.
  • The Princess Live! and Café will have a new Art Deco-style décor where guests can enjoy their favourite drinks and small bites while watching live performances or enjoying an intimate gathering.
  • Enchanted will also boast many of the new features and design found on Sky Princess (which launches in October 2019), including a wakeview pool on its aft deck and relaxing Sanctuary area offering a new contemporary design with more private cabanas than ever before.

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Executive Vice President for Guest Experience & Product Development, Rai Caluori, spoke about how both Sky Princess together with Enchanted Princess will continue to evolve the guest experience, particularly in terms of an improved suite offering on board.

Rai Caluori said, “We are using Sky and Enchanted to convey the fact that our suite experience compares favourably to other lines and has favourable amenities.”

Similarly, the look and feel of Sky and Enchanted Princess will be different. Rai continued to explain that the design aesthetic across the whole ship has a more contemporary feel, with spaces that feel light and airy using different materials.

In terms of Ocean Medallion, Rai added: “We have learned from Caribbean, Regal, Royal and Crown Princess, particularly in terms of how the crew can provide an even better service for guests.”

Princess Cruises’ aim is to make the Ocean Medallion experience even more meaningful for all users, both guests but also importantly the crew as well.

After her christening, Enchanted Princess will sail from Southampton for an inaugural season in the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean in autumn 2020.

More details on the cruise line’s fleet can be found in Princess Cruises ship classes explained.

Alternatively, for more information or to book, visit princess.com.