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Kate Middleton and the Royal Princess ship: a look at the boat (and the bump)

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, attends the officially naming ceremony in Southampton, England

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Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watches as a champagne bottle smashes into the Royal Princess cruise ship during the official naming ceremony on June 13, 2013, in Southampton, England.

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The ceremony also involves a blessing and a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards.


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Alan Buckelew, the president and CEO of Princess Cruises, joins Kate Middleton at the ceremony. The Duchess is “godmother” of the ship. Other noteworthy ship godmothers of the past include Diana, Princess of Wales, actress Sophia Loren and Martha Stewart.


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Captain Tony Draper shows Kate Middleton around the Royal Princess after the ceremony. Want to see more of the inside? Your tour is coming up.


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The Sea View Bar delivers tasty cocktails and, you guessed it, views over the water.

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The Piazza is three stories of gold and marble.

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The Lotus Spa offers myriad ways to relax, including massage, rain showers, warm stone beds and a hydro pool.

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The Lido Deck is home to a plunge pool and is the site for Movies Under the Stars.

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The glass-bottom SeaWalk extends 8.5 metres beyond the edge of the ship and hangs 39 metres above the water.

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The Sanctuary promises to be an adult-only “oasis of tranquility” with private cabanas and flat-screen TVs.

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Guests looking for a bit of culture can browse the Fine Arts Gallery.

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The youth centre features outdoor spaces, video-game stations and even a DJ booth.

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