Long ties with LA
Princess has the longest history of any cruise line to sail from the Port of Los Angeles, including its run on the hit television series 'The Love Boat.'
To mark the ship’s maiden call and the start of its West Coast season, the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band, under the direction of Arthur C. Bartner, provided pageantry and fanfare from a location on board Battleship Iowa. As Royal Princess departed and sounded its 'Love Boat' harmony-tuned horn, the USC Marching Band played back the theme song.
Mexican Riviera legacy
Passengers and onlookers were treated to a fireworks display that sent the ship off on its first seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise, the same itinerary made famous by Princess and 'The Love Boat.'
Royal Princess will sail weekly to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles through April 27, before heading north to Vancouver, BC, for a season of Alaska cruises. Then, returning to Los Angeles in September, Royal Princess will remain on the West Coast for six months, continuing cruises to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera and the California coast.
Royal Princess is among the small but growing number of MedallionClass ships that provide a wearable device, OceanMedallion, to expedite embarkation, automatically open stateroom doors and help personalize service on board.
Royal Princess first debuted in Southampton in June 2013, where it was named Her Royal Highness, Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge. The original Royal Princess (1984) was named by Princess Diana.