Princess Cruises latest new build, Majestic Princess has been named in a ceremony in Shanghai yesterday, 9th July.
The ship, which has just completed her voyage from Europe on the ‘Silk Road’ route was named by Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li who are two of China’s most famous basketball players.
On board for the naming ceremony were Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Jan Swartz Group President of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, Wang Hong, the party secretary of Baoshan District and director general of Shanghai International Cruise Business Institute and a host of Chinese Travel agents and local and national media.
“We are honored to serve as the Majestic Princess Naming Ambassadors for Princess Cruises. I’m inspired that Princess Cruises also cares so deeply about youth development in China and appreciate their support of our foundation. We look forward to enjoying a future cruise vacation aboard Majestic Princess.” Said Yao Ming.
Arnold Donald spoke of his delight at the addition of Majestic Princess and that it was a marker of Princess Cruises and Carnival Corporation’s commitment to the growing Chinese cruise market. He said:
“The Majestic Princess inaugural celebration was remarkable for Princess Cruises as well as Carnival Corporation, as we continue to strategically reinforce our long-term commitment to the growing cruise industry in China.We believe all Chinese families will appreciate the value of cruising as a new vacation option and create life-long memories from their experiences aboard Majestic Princess.”
At 143,700grt and 1083 ft long, Majestic Princess will be able to accomodate 3560 passengers and tomorrow, 11th July, she will depart on her inaugural cruise from her homeport of Shanghai.
Source: Cruise Industry News & Princess Cruises
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