Golden Princess Enters Drydock for Dramatic Makeover; Transformation Chronicled Daily With Twitter Updates

    Online Photo Journal Features Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at
Princess' Most Extensive Ship Remodel to Date

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As Golden Princess begins
the most extensive makeover ever undertaken by the company, Princess Cruises
is inviting cruise fans to follow the progress through Twitter updates that
will showcase a daily photo journal of the ship's transformation. A first for
Princess, the online posts will chronicle the dramatic changes throughout the
ship during its nearly three-week drydock at Victoria Shipyards in British

    The journal has launched at and will run
through May 5, when the ship sets sail again with its new features, including
a new piazza-style atrium, an adults-only Sanctuary, a Movies Under the Stars
poolside movie screen, a new Crown Grill steak and seafood restaurant, and a
variety of other enhancements.

    Twitter users will receive a daily "tweet" about the latest construction
progress after they follow an easy sign up process and elect to follow
Princess at

    "We know there's a great deal of interest in a ship transformation such
as this, so we're inviting cruise enthusiasts to get a unique glimpse of the
ship's progress through this drydock," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises
executive vice president. "None of our other vessels have ever had this many
new features added in a single drydock, so our online journal will offer a
fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the amount of work required for such a
huge undertaking."

    The amenities being added during the drydock are the Princess signature
features already aboard the line's newest ships, Crown Princess, Emerald
Princess and Ruby Princess.  Many have also been introduced aboard on
Caribbean Princess, Star Princess and Grand Princess during earlier drydock

    When Golden Princess emerges from drydock, its atrium will feature a new
Piazza with an inviting street cafe atmosphere featuring roving entertainers
and two new dining options.  The International Cafe will serve up specialty
coffees, fresh baked cookies, pastries, panini sandwiches and tapas.  Vines, a
wine bar, will offer a selection of more than 30 wines by the glass, plus a
selection of seafood, artisan meats and cheeses, and a wine shop where
passengers can purchase their favorite bottle.

    A new restaurant, the Crown Grill, will offer an open kitchen where
passengers can enjoy watching as chefs prepare chops, steaks and seafood,
including live lobsters.

    And adult passengers looking to get away from it all will be able to
relax in the tranquility of The Sanctuary, Princess' signature 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 receive a massage in one of two private cabanas.

    Above one of the ship's pools, Movies Under the Stars will debut onboard
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 other can't-miss programming - up
to 50 different offerings per week.

    As part of the renovation, Golden Princess will also be fitted with seven
new window suites with ocean-view picture windows, and a relocated casino on
deck 7, bringing it into the ship's central entertainment area.  In addition,
10 new balcony suites and two ocean view cabins will be added in the aft of
the ship, replacing the former video arcade. Other changes include new
locations for the sports court, a new Limelight boutique, new shore excursions
and Captain's Circle desks, new Internet cafe and library, and the addition of
new gym equipment in the fitness center.

    Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a
professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the
company's website at

    Princess can also be found on:

    About Princess Cruises:
    One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global
cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships renowned for
their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.  A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the
opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings
to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 107 days.  The
company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:   CUK).

    Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America,
Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion to
please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together we offer exciting
and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.


For further information:

For further information: Karen Candy, +1-661-753-1540,, or Julie Benson, +1-661-753-1530,, both of Princess Cruises

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