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Princess Cruises’ newest vessel, Royal Princess, was floated out of the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy last week with a special madrina in attendance.

Victoria Nash, daughter of long-time Princess master Captain Nick Nash, was named as madrina (godmother) to Royal Princess due to her unique connection with the original Royal Princess in 1996.

Ms Nash was christened in the ship’s bell onboard the original Royal Princess and, last week, was responsible for cutting the cord that begins the flow of water into the ship’s dock to commence the float out.

“The original Royal Princess left our fleet some time ago, but we wanted to bring the spirit of that much-loved ship, also a prototype design, to the new Royal Princess,” Princess Cruises president and chief executive Alan Buckelew said.

“And who better to do that than Victoria, who has grown up into a beautiful young lady who will now have a special connection with both vessels.”

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Words: Natalie Aroyan