Christening ceremony ... and then a wedding
In a "ruby red" themed ceremony celebrating romance, Princess Cruises named its newest ship Ruby Princess in a ceremony in Fort Lauderdale in November 2008.
Hundreds of guests were decked out in ruby red-tie formal attire, a ruby-haired singer serenaded the crowd, and as befitting the romantic cruise line, and an event celebrating “romantic moments and milestones”, the official naming was followed by the ultimate romantic milestone - a wedding in the midst of the festivities.
The Californian couple who tied the knot even had the Love Boat captain himself, Gavin MacLeod, to give away the bride.
Ruby Princess includes a dramatic piazza-style atrium featuring small-bite eateries and performing street entertainers. Passengers will also enjoy an array of dining venues including the signature Sabatini’s Italian restaurant and the Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant, plus a relaxing oasis just for adults called The Sanctuary.
Operated by Princess Cruises
Built by Fincantieri Navali, Italy
Entered service: November 8, 2008
Gross tonnage: 112,894 tons
Cost: $500 million
Passenger decks: 15
Cabins: 1,532 including
- 26 Suites with private balconies
- 2 Family suites with interconnecting cabins
- 178 Mini-suites with private balconies
- 674 Balcony cabins
- 218 Ocean view cabins
- 434 inside cabins
- 31 with wheelchair access
Three main dining rooms (two sittings), alternative dining options, three show lounges, 12 lounges/bars, casino, cinema, four swimming pools (three outside), seven hot tubs, fitness centre, expansive spa, golf simulator, 9-hole putting course, internet cafe, library, wedding chapel, children’s and ten centres, self-service launderette.
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