Princess Cruises newest ship which has been purpose-built for China is preparing to begin its inaugural season.

Majestic Princess which is the newest ship in the fleet and purpose-built for the Chinese market is preparing to begin its inaugural season from Shanghai, China. The new Royal-Class vessel was christened by Chinese celebrities Yao Ming and Ye Li at a glitzy ceremony in China.

Arnold Donald, president & chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation & plc, said:

“The Majestic Princess inaugural celebration was remarkable for Princess Cruises as well as Carnival Corporation, as we continue to strategically reinforce our long-term commitment to the growing cruise industry in China”

“We believe all Chinese families will appreciate the value of cruising as a new vacation option and create life-long memories from their experiences aboard Majestic Princess.”

Majestic Princess recently finished the “Silk Road Sea Route,” a 49-day journey from Rome to Shanghai. During the voyage the ship visited a total of 22 ports including Athens, Dubai, Cochin, Singapore, Port Klang, Xiamen, Hong Kong, and Japan before arriving in Shanghai, her new homeport in China. Majestic Princess will begin her first cruise from China on July 11, 2017, carrying 3,560 guests to a variety of cruise destinations.

In 2018, two 14-day Grand Asia voyage sailings between Shanghai and Singapore, will be available to guests throughout the world on Majestic Princess. These sailings will visit Japan, South Korea, Vietnamand Thailand, including spending more time ashore on the late night call in Hong Kong. The first voyage departs Shanghai on February 25, 2018, with the second departing Singapore on March 11, 2018.

Princess Cruises will also call Australia home from September 2018 to March 2019. Majestic Princess will sail itineraries from Sydney and Auckland on voyages from 6 to 13 days in length, and will call in ports at destinations including New Zealand, Tasmania, Fiji and other islands in the South Pacific.

Majestic Princess is 143,000 gross tons and can carry 3,500 guests at double occupancy. Cruise Hive readers can also take a look at our previous post on the ship.