Liz-JarvisThe first time I saw Royal Princess was at the shipyard in Italy, when the ship was still a shell, cables and wires everywhere. But as Princess Cruises Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations Rai Caluori told us about the vision for the ship, it became clear that this was to be something extraordinary.

And at the naming ceremony celebrations last week Royal Princess did not disappoint on any level.

Stylish, elegant and classy, Royal Princess is, quite simply, a triumph. From the magnificent three-tiered atrium in the Plaza – an excellent venue for live entertainment – to the adults-only Retreat Pool, everything has been designed to give the passenger the best possible cruise holiday experience.

Personal highlights for me include the Lotus Spa, which has the ambience of  a New York hotel spa, the kids’ clubs, which have great space for kids of all ages, and the staterooms, which have fantastic sound-proofing (a definite bonus). And at night, the interactive sound and light show in the fountain pool area is just stunning.

Over the coming months we’ll be bringing you in-depth reviews of Royal Princess – but meanwhile, if you’ve been lucky enough to take a cruise on this ship, do leave your comments below.