Still one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess is back in service with a new, somewhat sleeker, look. The ship sailed from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, following a 24-day drydocking at Grand Bahamas Shipyard said to be the most extensive drydocking in Princess Cruises history. The operation included the removal of Skywalkers nightclub from the ship’s stern and the complete demolition and rebuilding of the atrium to create a new Piazza.
Removal of the Skywalkers nightclub was in part undertaken as a fuel savings measure.
“This drydock has been a monumental effort, and we’re very proud of the teamwork by everyone involved to create this sparkling ‘new’ ship ready to start a season of Europe sailings,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “We know our passengers will appreciate the updated decor, fresh new feel, and especially all the wonderful added features.”
May 9, 2011