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Cruising Article – 2012-09-20

Maiden Voyages on Royal PrincessĀ® visit the world's most spectacular locales

Italy, Bahamas, Spain, Caribbean

There are many places to explore around the globe, whether you're a seasoned traveler or you want to begin venturing to new countries. To see everything from the Mediterranean to the Far East, there's no better way to escape completely® than on a Princess Cruises vacation. Consider a Maiden Voyage, a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the first voyage to a particular location on a brand new ship, on the new Royal Princess® to see the world and all of its splendors. 

Grand Mediterranean
On Royal Princess’ Mediterranean cruise, you'll have the opportunity to explore some of Europe's most lavish countries, including Spain, Turkey and Italy. Venice is perhaps the most breathtaking city you'll visit while cruising through this region.

This city is home to several cathedrals that date back hundreds of years, showcasing architecture that serves as works of art. The Basilica de San Marco and The Church of St. Mary and the Friars are just two of the many buildings that draw visitors from around the world.

Even when you're not on your Princess Cruises ship, you'll likely be traveling via water taxi throughout Venice, which is partially submerged in water. Romance is constantly in the air in this city where gondolas are a unique form of transportation.

Maiden Passage Grand Adventure
You may also want to consider the Maiden Passage Grand Adventure to see more of what the European region has to offer. This itinerary will take you to France, Italy, Turkey and Greece, among others.

One port you'll visit at along the way is Barcelona, Spain. Whether you've been on a European cruise vacation to Spain in the past or simply want to dive into Spanish culture, the Maiden Passage Grand Adventure gives you the perfect opportunity to do so.

While in Barcelona, you'll find numerous museums to explore and indulge in as you soak up the local culture. The Picasso Museum is a must-see for art enthusiasts. After stopping here, you'll also want to visit the Miro Museum to view some of Joan Miro's brilliant work dating back to the early 20th century.

Travelers who want to do more than see museums can head to the coast and lounge on one of Barcelona's sandy beaches or do some high end shopping along the famous street, Passeig de Gracia.

Eastern Caribbean Maiden Voyage
If you're more interested in lounging under the sun in a tropical climate, consider Royal Princess’ Eastern Caribbean Maiden Voyage. This itinerary will call in Princess Cays®, Grand Turk and Caicos.

Princess Cays, located in the Bahamas, is one of Princess Cruises' biggest highlights. This exclusive port of call is more than 40 acres in size, providing peace and privacy to Princess Cruises travelers. While visiting Princess Cays, snorkeling is a must in the crystal clear blue ocean where exotic marine life dwell. Paddle boarding and windsurfing are also popular activities at Princess Cays for those who want to participate in an extreme sport.

The benefits of traveling on Royal Princess®
Royal Princess® offers several signature and new features, providing passengers with the utmost in convenience and relaxation while at sea. The 3,600-guest vessel will expand the array of outdoor entertainment options. 

New to the Royal Princess is the SeaWalk(SM) and SeaView Bar, which allow travelers to walk along glass floors above the majestic ocean, providing a bird's eye view of the water as the ship is in motion.

Regardless of which itinerary you choose, Princess Cruises ensures a memorable vacation to some of the world's most enchanting places.