First look: Royal Princess' glass-bottomed 'SeaWalk'
MONFALCONE, Italy -- What will it be like to walk across the 17-deck-high, glass-bottomed "SeaWalk" planned for Princess Cruises' next ship? In a word, scary -- at least for passengers who are afraid of heights.
The photos on this page, taken today during a tour of the still-under-construction Royal Princess, offer the first glimpse of the much-ballyhooed SeaWalk, which will be cantilevered from the side of the ship over the ocean.
Located on the starboard side of the 3,600-passenger vessel, near the main pool area, the SeaWalk -- an industry first -- will extend nearly 30 feet from the ship and feature glass walls and floors that will be put in place over the coming months. In the picture above, Princess executives and journalists are walking above the SeaWalk, on what will be its roof. Temporary floor covering can be seen below them where the glass flooring eventually will be inserted.
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The Royal Princess also will have another cantilevered feature on the port side of the same deck, the SeaView bar, which will have space for 20 people.
USA TODAY was one of a handful of news outlets to get a tour of the Royal Princess today at the Italian shipyard where it is has been under construction for more than two years. Scheduled to debut in June 2013, the 141,000-ton vessel is Princess Cruises' largest ever and its first since 2008.