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June 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Set your clock for early Thursday to watch Kate Middleton , everyone's favorite royal, christen a cruise ship in Britain . The duchess of Cambridge, due to deliver her first child next month, had been selected as godmother to the new Royal Princess from Princess Cruises . At 3:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Middleton will be in Southampton, England, and ready to smash a bottle of Champagne on the bow of the ship....
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June 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child is expected to bring $380 million to the British economy in the coming weeks. Talk about a baby bump. The money will come from the sale of souvenirs and trinkets and other festivities related to the royal birth, according to a report released Monday by the Centre for Retail Research in Nottingham , England. British retailers and even the royals themselves are getting into merchandising for the baby due in July.
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April 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will christen the new Royal Princess cruise ship in Southampton, Britain, on June 13, sharing a distinction that at one time also went to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher , who died this week. The duchess, the wife of Prince William, also follows in her late mother-in-law's footsteps by playing the role of godmother of a ship. Princess Diana christened the original Royal Princess in 1984, also at Southampton. Along with Diana and Thatcher, who christened the Regal Princess in 1991, Middleton shares the godmother distinction with actresses Olivia de Havilland, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn, who christened other Princess ships.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The duchess of Cambridge, only weeks away from her due date, looked fetching in an animal print coat, saucy black hat and high heels Thursday as she christened a new cruise ship, called, fittingly, the Royal Princess. At a ceremony in Southampton, England, the former Kate Middleton cut a ribbon securing a bottle of champagne (worth 1,250 pounds, or $1,961, according to the BBC ).  Once released from its tether, the bottle smashed into the boat, officially naming it -- and, amid torrents of ticker tape, making the duchess its "godmother.
TRAVEL
July 7, 2002 | Jane Engle
Princess Cruises is dipping its toes into waters both warm and cold with two new destinations in its 2003-04 season. The line will begin its first regular round-trip Hawaiian cruises, sailing out of Los Angeles on a 15-day itinerary that will call on Honolulu; Hilo and Kona on the Big Island; Lahaina on Maui; and Nawiliwili on Kauai. There will be seven departures of the Regal Princess between Nov. 22, 2003, and March 21, 2004, including a Dec. 22 holiday voyage.
NEWS
June 24, 1986 | Associated Press
Officials for an oil tanker suspected of striking and sinking a fishing boat have denied an attorney's charges that they attempted to hide evidence that might link the ship to the incident. The 72-foot boat, Jack Jr., was struck by a ship May 26 off Point Reyes, and its three crew members died. The tanker Golden Gate is one of two ships identified as having been in the vicinity of the Jack Jr. at the time. The other is the British cruise ship Royal Princess.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The duchess of Cambridge, only weeks away from her due date, looked fetching in an animal print coat, saucy black hat and high heels Thursday as she christened a new cruise ship, called, fittingly, the Royal Princess. At a ceremony in Southampton, England, the former Kate Middleton cut a ribbon securing a bottle of champagne (worth 1,250 pounds, or $1,961, according to the BBC ).  Once released from its tether, the bottle smashed into the boat, officially naming it -- and, amid torrents of ticker tape, making the duchess its "godmother.
NEWS
September 3, 1985 | From Reuters
A genuine royal princess was just a phone call away today, for those few Britons lucky enough to get through. Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth, became the first leading member of British royalty to appear on a radio call-in program, answering questions about her childhood, her nervousness and her sometimes thorny relationship with the press.
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June 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child is expected to bring $380 million to the British economy in the coming weeks. Talk about a baby bump. The money will come from the sale of souvenirs and trinkets and other festivities related to the royal birth, according to a report released Monday by the Centre for Retail Research in Nottingham , England. British retailers and even the royals themselves are getting into merchandising for the baby due in July.
MAGAZINE
March 20, 1988 | HARRY BASCH, Basch is a Los Angeles free-lance writer
Imagine yourself in a deluxe hotel, being awakened to breakfast in bed, lazily soaking in your private spa, screening a new film on your VCR or--best of all--stepping outside to a different view each day. You can put yourself in this picture easily aboard today's newer, more glamorous cruise ships that accommodate as few as 100 or as many as 2,600 passengers. Forty such ships will have made their debut between 1980 and 1989, a quarter of them scheduled to enter service this year. Since 1980, passenger embarkations have been growing at an average rate of 14% a year, and ships that belong to the Cruise Lines International Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, is officially godmother to ... a cruise ship. The pregnant wife of Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, christened Princess Cruises' Royal Princess ship in Southampton, England, on Thursday with the ceremonial smashing of a Champagne bottle. Middleton, whose name was changed over to Catherine when she married Prince William in April 2011, wore a $260 Hobbs Dalmation print black coat that accentuated her pregnant belly and a black Sylvia Fletcher at Lock & Co. fascinator for the occasion.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, will christen the new Royal Princess cruise ship in Southampton, Britain, on June 13, sharing a distinction that at one time also went to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher , who died this week. The duchess, the wife of Prince William, also follows in her late mother-in-law's footsteps by playing the role of godmother of a ship. Princess Diana christened the original Royal Princess in 1984, also at Southampton. Along with Diana and Thatcher, who christened the Regal Princess in 1991, Middleton shares the godmother distinction with actresses Olivia de Havilland, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn, who christened other Princess ships.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2012 | Alice Short
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty Jane Yolen Philomel: 256 pp., $16.99; for readers 10 and older -- We love fairy tales. Every culture offers them up: Scandinavians, Nigerians, Indonesians. Their commonality -- and the constant on-passing from parent to child -- attests to their endurance. It's as though they are somehow encoded in our DNA. Theories abound about their importance in our social evolution: Tales of abandonment, death and monstrous behavior allow children to deal with their fears in an age-appropriate manner.
TRAVEL
July 7, 2002 | Jane Engle
Princess Cruises is dipping its toes into waters both warm and cold with two new destinations in its 2003-04 season. The line will begin its first regular round-trip Hawaiian cruises, sailing out of Los Angeles on a 15-day itinerary that will call on Honolulu; Hilo and Kona on the Big Island; Lahaina on Maui; and Nawiliwili on Kauai. There will be seven departures of the Regal Princess between Nov. 22, 2003, and March 21, 2004, including a Dec. 22 holiday voyage.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2001 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid a deep industry slump and an oversupply of ships, P&O Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. have agreed to a $2.89-billion merger to become the world's largest cruise line company. The merger would produce a company with 41 ships, about 40,000 employees and more than $5 billion in annual revenue, making it larger than longtime market leader Carnival Corp. of Miami. Company officials said no significant job cuts are expected.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1997 | From Associated Press
What will you get when you bring together one of the world's hottest toys with one of the world's most popular princesses? Mayhem. That's what shop owners across the country are predicting next week when Ty Inc. gives them each only a dozen Beanie Baby royal purple bears named for the late Princess Diana. The bears feature a white embroidered rose and matching purple satin ribbon. "I bet some stores are preparing for a riot," said Lola Cardenas, manager of Sue's Hallmark.
TRAVEL
September 9, 1990 | JUDITH MORGAN
Which foreign country would you hit first if you traveled due east from New York City? If you traveled due west from Seattle? Which city is farther north: Mexico City or Honolulu? Rome or San Francisco? Which is bigger: one Africa or two Antarcticas? This was part of the daily quiz that sent me to an atlas in the wood-paneled library aboard the Seabourn Pride.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 1992
Re: "Plodding, Gooey 'Gypsy Princess' Staged at Center" by Martin Bernheimer, Calendar, Feb. 24: After reading that hatchet job, we almost decided to stay home. But what the hell, we'd already paid $146 for the tickets. When we got to the theater, I looked around at all the vacant seats and remarked that after reading that review a lot of people must have been embarrassed even to give their tickets to the baby-sitter. How could I possibly have been prepared for what followed?
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