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October 16, 2009

Princess Cruises Continues Behind-the-Scenes Drydock Journals with Online Look at Coral Princess Transformation


Enthusiasts Can Follow Along with Daily Updates on Latest Ship Makeover

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (October 15, 2009) - Princess Cruises is once again inviting cruise enthusiasts to go behind the scenes at a shipyard as Coral Princess undergoes drydock through October 23. The Coral Princess Drydock Journal, featured on the line's website at www.princess.com, will show the daily progress as the ship is lifted from the water and receives a full exterior and interior makeover, including the addition of the line's signature features, The Sanctuary and Movies Under the Stars. The journal will feature regular updates throughout the drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas.

The fourth in this unprecedented series, the Coral Princess Drydock Journal follows the enthusiastically received online journals chronicling work on Golden Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess. The journal can be found on the Coral Princess page in the website's "Ships" section, and it will be regularly updated throughout the ship?s two-week drydock. The photos will also be posted to Princess' Twitter feed, Facebook page and Flickr photostream.


"We've placed a high priority on enhancing our ships and debuting our signature features across the fleet, and these journals have been a great way for passengers to feel part of the process," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "We've received wonderful feedback as people get to see the transformation first hand."

When Coral Princess emerges from the drydock, the ship will feature the opportunity to get away from it all in the tranquility of The Sanctuary, Princess' signature adults-only retreat featuring plush padded lounge chairs and the services of dedicated Serenity Stewards. Visitors to this exclusive space can enjoy refreshing beverages and light snacks or listen to a relaxing playlist of music.

In addition, Movies Under the Stars will also debut in the poolside area with a state-of-the-art Times Square-style LED screen, offering evening movies and a variety of daytime programming. The 300- square-foot screen offers passengers a movie experience comparable to the best shoreside movie theater. In addition to family cinema and first run hits, Movies Under the Stars also features major sporting events, concerts and the Leonard Maltin Movie Club.

Other changes viewers will see throughout the drydock include the installation of new carpet and upholstery, plus a rare view of the bottom of the ship?s hull as it receives several new coats of silicone paint.

After the drydock Coral Princess will set off on a series of Panama Canal sailings, including a number of voyages featuring Princess' Two-day Canal Experience, with an extra day to explore Panama.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent at #1-800-738-8837.

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Posted by Denise at October 16, 2009 05:55 PM

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