The newest ship in Princess Cruises' fleet - Royal Princess - arrived in the US for the first time this afternoon.
Gavin MacLeod was on hand to greet the new ship at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale today. He is Princess Cruises' ambassador and is best known for his long-running part as Captain Stubing in classic TV series, "The Love Boat."
A court of of little girls was also on hand to welcome the ship, and MacLeod proclaimed them “royal princesses for the day.” (Does he have that power?)
Royal Princess has been sailing in the Mediterranean since June when it was officially named by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. After a two night preview cruise from Ft. Lauderdale for invited guests, Royal Princess will enter regular service from the US with a five-night cruise on October 29.
Throughout the winter season Royal Princess will sail a series of seven-day cruises from Ft. Lauderdale to the eastern Caribbean.