Princess Cruises Announces Next 'Gem' of a Ship, Ruby Princess, Will Debut in Caribbean

    Sister Ship to Emerald Princess and Crown Princess Launches in November

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., June 4 /CNW/ -- Princess Cruises will add another
'gem' to its fleet in November 2008, with the debut of Ruby Princess. The line
has unveiled the ship's name along with its inaugural deployment -- a season
of seven-day Western Caribbean sailings from Fort Lauderdale.
    Ruby Princess is a sister to the enthusiastically received Emerald
Princess and Crown Princess, and will make its maiden sailing on November 15,
2008.  Its Caribbean program will feature calls at Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman,
Cozumel and the line's private beach call at Princess Cays in the Bahamas. The
ship's first season will run through April 2009.
    "With the addition of Ruby Princess we're continuing to offer vacationers
further opportunities for a fantastic vacation escape," said Jan Swartz,
senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess.  "The
feedback from our passengers is that these new ships are really destinations
unto themselves because of their great onboard amenities and features.  Ruby
Princess will be the perfect backdrop for our guests to enjoy the sun and fun
of the Caribbean."
    The new vessel includes a dramatic piazza-style atrium featuring
small-bite eateries and an ever-changing array of performing street
entertainers.  Passengers will also enjoy Princess' other array of dining
venues including the signature Sabatini's Italian trattoria and the Crown
Grill steak and seafood restaurant, plus a relaxing oasis just for adults
called The Sanctuary.
    Ruby Princess will also offer the many other innovations that define the
Princess experience, including the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside
movie screen, multiple entertainment options, Personal Choice Dining featuring
traditional or Anytime seating, a relaxing Asian-style Lotus Spa with fitness
center, an extensive children and teen's center, a wedding chapel and nearly
900 staterooms with private balconies -- perfect for enjoying the scenic
Caribbean islands.
    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

    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 102 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.

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

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