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In 2007, I visited Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard to tour the Queen Victoria, under construction. Today I visit the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfacone to tour the Royal Princess, which debuts in June.

After a wonderful stay at the Gritti Palace last night, this morning, along with a group of travel journalists, I’ll visit the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, where Royal Princess is under construction.

Here’s how our day looks:

9 am Depart Gritti Palace for Monfalcone11:15 am Arrive Monfalcone11:30 am Regal Princess Float Out Ceremony12:30 pm Lunch in the Shipyard Dining Room2 pm Royal Princess Tour4 pm Disembark Royal Princess4:15 pm Royal Princess Staterooms Tour4:45 pm Depart Monfalcone7 pm Arrive Gritti Palace7:45 pm Meet in hotel lobby for walk to La Fenice Theatre8 -11 pm Cocktails and dinner at La Fenice Theatre

Joining Princess Cruises’ fleet in June 2013, the new Royal Princess will carry 3,600 passengers on a vessel with several new innovations and signature features.

While details are still being announced (some of which we will discover today), some of the highlights include a larger and expanded piazza-style atrium with additional entertainment and casual dining options; Princess Cruises’ largest top deck pool ever with a water & light show, an enhanced Movies Under the Stars screen, and the new SeaWalk, with views 17 decks straight down; and balconies for all outside staterooms.

Read our Royal Princess preview here. Or better yet, stay tuned. Along with my colleagues who are posting their Royal Princess reviews, I’ll be filing stories and photos this week. Follow @avidcruiser on Twitter for the latest updates.

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