Crystal’s Fountain Design Meets "The Duchess of Cambridge" with Royal Princess Inauguration

Share Article

Crystal was part of Princess Cruises’ elaborate naming ceremony of the Royal Princess by The Duchess of Cambridge on June 13, 2013. Princess Cruises continues the tradition of providing grand design and truly spectacular entertainment including the Top Deck entertainment area with the first of its kind glass walkway at sea, largest outdoor movie theater and awe-inspiring musical fountain, light and video shows!

The Duchess of Cambridge names new Royal Princess cruise ship

The Duchess of Cambridge names new Royal Princess cruise ship

We are delighted The Duchess of Cambridge will be the godmother to this magnificent vessel. Alan Buckelew, President and Chief Executive Officer, Princess Cruises

Past News Releases


Following in the footsteps of Diana, Princess of Wales who christened the first Royal Princess cruise ship, Princess Cruises’ latest Royal Princess was christened by the Duchess Of Cambridge.

In keeping with the tradition of royals naming the most important ships, the newest Royal Princess is the largest and most spectacular in the fleet weighing in at 141,000 tons and with a passenger capacity of 3,560. The Duchess, who now becomes the ship’s “godmother”, smashed a $2,000 bottle of Nebuchadnezzar of Moet et Chandon champagne against the hull and issued the time-honored words: "I name this ship Royal Princess. May God bless her and all who sail in her."

Some of the Crystal team attended the star-studded naming ceremony, the highlight of a 2 day-long inaugural celebration which combined traditional and contemporary performances by the likes of the Royal Marines Band, pipers of the Irish Guards, Grammy-award winning British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, the ”First Lady of West End Musicals” Kerry Ellis and ship-naming by the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Royal Princess is worthy of her namesake – her sophisticated atmosphere and groundbreaking design boasts many of its industry pioneering features but also includes a number of innovations.

  •     Largest Pastry shop at sea
  •     Princess Live! Onboard Television Studio broadcasting cooking and game shows, concerts, and educational content
  •     Greenest ship in the fleet designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions

But by far, the most thrilling innovations can be seen from the top deck.    It’s here that passengers can experience relaxing fun by day and the transformation to dazzling open-air entertainment at night:

  •     First glass walkway at sea – the dramatic SeaWalk at the top of the ship is a 60 foot glass-enclosed walkway with 28 feet extending beyond edge of the ship for breathtaking views of the ocean below
  •     Largest Outdoor movie Screen at sea - over 30% larger than any existing screen
  •     Awe-inspiring musical fountain shows - The expansive top-deck area features landscaped areas and two freshwater pools with center stage that turns into the focal point of an elaborate interactive sound and light show. The musical fountain has 85 of Crystal’s patented choreographed fountain jets that burst up to 33’ into the air into the night sky. Each choreographed water and light show also has a corresponding video that is synchronized

The ship has been 3 ½ years in the making and as lead water feature designer and specialist product manufacturer for the fountain, Crystal has been involved with the team helping to shape this magnificent vision from the beginning. Crystal worked with Architect Elling & Englund Design overseen by Princess Cruises’ Design Department own master architect Giacomo Mortola. For the top deck team Crystal worked with specialist fountain contractor Nuovo Arsenale Cartubi (NAC), lighting specialist EMF Lighting and movie screen imagery specialists Deep Image. The overall show productions were managed by Princess’ own Onboard Media & Productions Entertainment Department.

Leading up to the launch event, Members of the Crystal team worked closely with the Princess execution team for over 20 days on board this new vessel. Start-up and commissioning works began at the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy and culminated at the famous Southampton port where the magnificent gala events and naming ceremony took place.

Says Rob Mikula, “For over two years we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with the Princess team and contribute to something totally unique within the cruise industry. The Deck 16 open-air environment includes a unique central platform that can transform from a simple lounge area into a children’s interactive play deck by day. In the evening this same element is activated as part of a sophisticated water and light entertainment show that is choreographed to music and dance. The strength of this design is in its ability to transform not only the environment but the people within it.”

About Princess Cruises:
From its modest beginnings in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico, Princess has grown to become one of the premiere cruise lines in the world. Today, its fleet carries more than a million passengers each year to more worldwide destinations than any other major line.

About Crystal:
Crystal is a globally recognized international water feature specialist since 1967. With offices and partners throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Crystal’s premium water & light products and services are used throughout the world to transform water feature visions into reality.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Sandy Chambers
Crystal Fountains
905 660-6674 x 2329
Email >
Visit website