Royal Princess nearly shipshape

Royal Princess, the huge new cruise ship for Southampton is almost finished. She is due to leave an Italian shipyard to head to Hampshire this week.

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  1. Mike Pearse

Newest cruise liner 'Royal Princess' almost complete

Thousands of construction workers, carpenters, decorators and others are in a race against time to complete 'Royal Princess', the massive new cruise ship for Southampton, ahead of her naming ceremony in June.

The cruise liner will be officially named by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge in Southampton in a fortnight. The liner is due to leave the shipyard in Italy on Friday, heading to Hampshire for the launch ceremony. Our correspondent Mike Pearse reports. The interviewee is the ship's Captain, Tony Draper.

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