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Sun Princess ®
Talk about exciting and new, what were we thinking of when we designed the new sun princess you..
We pondered everything, so you can feel the love on the cruise vacation of your dreams.
Because here, the sun revolves around you.
Guest Cabins: 2150
Number of Decks: 21
Length: 1133 feet
Entertainment & onboard activities, design & amenities, now featuring cabana mini-suites, cabana stateroom.
The Cabana stateroom boasts a private cabana and balcony, allowing you to relish the outdoors while preserving your privacy. Ideal for a family getaway.
Cabana With Exclusive Deck Access
These Cabanas are located on Deck 9 with limited entry to an extra-large lounge space with unique outdoor furniture, perfect for celebrating special occasions with family and friends while taking in the fresh sea air.
- Signature Sky Suite
- Signature Collection Suites
- Cabana Mini-Suite
- Deluxe Balcony
- Premium Oceanview
Our Largest, Most Premium Stateroom With Accommodations for Up to Five Guests
The exceptional features of a Signature Sky Suite include luxurious appointments, an expansive stateroom and balcony featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, one with a full bath with tub and separate shower, a seating area and sofa bed. Along with special suite-only benefits, this stateroom includes access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and private Signature area of The Sanctuary.
In addition to premium stateroom amenities, Signature Collection suites include access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and Signature Sun Deck, a private area of the Sanctuary.
- Approx. 1,262 sq. ft., including balcony
- Pre-Cruise Shoreside Concierge
- Seamless curb to suite experience
- Suite Experience Manager to service your every need
- Reserved Princess Cays® bungalow ~
- Premium Champagne upon arrival
- Two full bottle bar setup & mixers
- Complimentary Princess Fine Wine Tasting
- Private shopping concierge
- Complimentary Ultimate Balcony Breakfast and Dinner
- Luxury balcony furniture
- Living area with sofa that sleeps one ▲
- Master bedroom with Princess Luxury Bed
- Private master bathroom with bathtub and separate rain shower
- Spacious closet and vanity/desk in master bedroom
- Second bedroom with Princess Luxury Bed (queen or pair of twin beds) ▲
- Spacious closet and vanity/desk in second bedroom
- Luxury bedroom and bathroom linens
- Upgraded bathrobes and slippers
- Luxury bathroom amenities
- Portable hairdryer
- Nespresso machine
▲ 3rd/4th/5th berths available ~ Applicable on voyages that visit Princess Cays
The Most Relaxing Accommodations at Sea
Surrounding you with deluxe accommodations, a spacious Signature Penthouse Suite with balcony includes all the amenities of our Signature Collection, including access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and Signature Sun Deck, a private area of The Sanctuary. Enjoy more living space, a separate seating area with sofa bed, enhanced amenities that range from priority embarkation and disembarkation to a complimentary mini-bar setup in suite and so much more.
- Approx. 304 to 636 sq. ft., including balcony
- Luxury balcony furniture
- 2 floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
- Separate sitting area with sofa bed, chair and 2 tables
- One complimentary mini-bar setup and free daily bottled water
- Spacious closet
- Complimentary laundry and professional cleaning services
- Complimentary dinner at specialty restaurant on embarkation evening^
- Priority reservations for specialty restaurants and shore excursions
- Priority disembarkation at tender ports
- Comfortable queen or two twin beds ▲
- Two flat-panel televisions
- Private bathroom with tub and separate shower ‡
- 100% cotton, high-thread count linens
- 24-hour room service †
- Desk with chair
- Hair dryer & fine bathroom amenities
- Digital security safe
▲ 3rd/4th berths available in select cabins. ‡ Separate tubs are available in Signature Sky Suites, Signature Owner’s Suites and Signature Penthouse Suites. † Guests may call for room service delivery or order through OceanNow® in the Princess® Cruises app at any time of the day or night. Guests with the latest Princess Plus and Princess Premier packages enjoy OceanNow® and room service delivery with no charge. Otherwise, a one-time access fee of $14.99 USD per person per voyage will apply for OceanNow® delivery and a $5 USD room service fee will apply for each order placed by stateroom phone. Limitations, restrictions and conditions apply. ^ Applicable on cruises six days or longer. Reservations can be made once onboard your ship.
Enjoy Breathtaking Views in This Resort-Style Stateroom
The Cabana stateroom features a balcony, a private cabana, unique outdoor furniture and an extra-large private lounge space that lets you take in the fresh sea air. Unwind inside with a separate sitting area with sofa bed and premium bathroom amenities. Enjoy Reserve Collection upgrades on select Cabana Mini-Suites. In addition to the great amenities found in all Cabana Mini-Suites, you will receive Reserve Collection upgrades, including access to the Reserve Collection Restaurant.
- Approximately 329 sq. ft., including balcony and cabana
- Balcony with 2-4 chairs, table and ottoman
- Private cabana beside your balcony for an extra-large outdoor lounge space
- Access to the Cabana Deck, an outdoor lounge space exclusively for Reserve Cabana staterooms
- Bathroom with shower
- Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
- Separate sitting area with sofa bed & coffee table
- Complimentary welcome glass of bubbly on embarkation day
- Luxury mattress topper and pillows
- Hair dryer & bathroom amenities
▲3rd/4th berths available in select staterooms. †Guests may call for room service delivery or order through OceanNow® in the Princess® Cruises app at any time of the day or night. Guests with the latest Princess Plus and Princess Premier packages enjoy OceanNow® and room service delivery with no charge. Otherwise, a one-time access fee of $14.99 USD per person per voyage will apply for OceanNow® delivery and a $5 USD room service fee will apply for each order placed by stateroom phone. Limitations, restrictions and conditions apply.
Treat Yourself Every Time You Walk Into Your Stateroom
A complimentary glass of bubbly isn't the only perk you enjoy when you choose a Mini-Suite. It's substantially larger than a balcony stateroom and includes a separate seating area with sofa bed as well as two flat-panel TVs. Need a little extra space for your family or group? A Mini-Suite is the option for you. Enjoy Reserve Collection upgrades on select Mini-Suites. In addition to the great amenities found in all Mini-Suites, you will receive Reserve Collection upgrades, including access to the Reserve Collection Restaurant.
- Approximately 303 sq. ft., including balcony
A Front Row Seat for Beautiful Scenery
This inspired stateroom offers the added indulgence of a private balcony with well-appointed outdoor furniture and a relaxing view of the scenery that surrounds you, whether a rainbow-colored sunset over the ocean or a new city to explore. It’s also the perfect setting for cocktails before dinner or a leisurely breakfast.
- Approximately 235 sq. ft., including balcony
- Balcony with 2 chairs and table
- Comfortable queen or pair of twin beds ▲
- Flat-panel television
- Private bathroom with shower
▲3rd/4th berths available in select cabins. †Guests may call for room service delivery or order through OceanNow® in the Princess® Cruises app at any time of the day or night. Guests with the latest Princess Plus and Princess Premier packages enjoy OceanNow® and room service delivery with no charge. Otherwise, a one-time access fee of $14.99 USD per person per voyage will apply for OceanNow® delivery and a $5 USD room service fee will apply for each order placed by stateroom phone. Limitations, restrictions and conditions apply.
A Room With an Expansive View
Whether the calm of the deep blue sea or the adventure of a new city on the horizon, the Premium Oceanview stateroom ensures picture-perfect snapshots from the comfort of your room. This stateroom includes all the amenities of an interior room and the added benefit of ocean views that bring an airy openness to the space.
- Approx. 212 sq. ft.
- Stunning ocean-view window
Our Most Affordable Option for Guests Who Just Want a Comfortable Spot to Recharge
An interior is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Our most affordable option, these staterooms feature two twin beds or a queen-size bed and the basic amenities you expect, from flat-panel TV to in-room refrigerator.
- Approx. 136 to 145 sq ft.
- Comfortable queen or pair of twin beds ▲♦
▲3rd/4th berths available in select cabins. ♦Single-occupancy interior staterooms with queen bed available.
For Guests with Limited Mobility
Princess offers a selection of staterooms that provide full wheelchair-turning space. In addition, these staterooms include either a roll-in shower or transfer shower equipped with grab bars and a fold-down bench seat, an easy access closet and accessible writing desk.
Note: ADA accessible stateroom shown is on board Sky Princess®. Amenities and stateroom arrangements vary by ship. Certain stateroom categories may vary in size and configuration by ship. Call Princess for more information or send inquiries to the Access Office via email at [email protected] .
Set Sail on Sun Princess
The entertainment offerings on board the Sun Princess are just as innovative and thoughtfully designed as the ship itself. In fact, we're transforming the future of entertainment not just at sea, but anywhere. Our belief is that entertainment should always feel new, exciting, and keep you on your toes with spaces and experiences that you won't find anywhere else.
This glass-enclosed dome is multilevel AND multipurpose: pool by sunlight, stage for shows by starlight. It features acrobatic performances created in partnership with the renowned Cirque Éloize .
Be Spellbound on Sun Princess
What’s behind the black door? Spellbound, a spectacular one-of-a-kind experience created in partnership with The Magic Castle™. This Victorian-themed bar features magicians performing mind-bending entertainment, themed rooms and theatrical cocktails served with sleight of hand. Feel like you’ve stepped into Hollywood’s iconic Magic Castle™, where time stands still and your imagination runs wild.
Come Fly Away
We know you want amazing entertainment, so we made our theater a showstopper.
Our most technologically advanced performance space can shapeshift into different designs, even in the round, to suit all our new production shows.
Vallora, A Pirate Quest
The show is created, directed and choreographed by Danny Teeson, who is known for his work on "American Idol". It has an upbeat and nostalgic 80s soundtrack that includes popular songs such as Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," Chicago's "You're the Inspiration," and Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." The story follows the courageous heroine 'Vallora' on a pirate adventure, as she searches for what is lost while emphasizing the importance of family and love.
Stage Struck is a musical theater show featuring popular songs from musicals like "On Broadway" from Smokey Joe's Café, "Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady, "Take Me or Leave Me" from Rent and "One Night Only" from Dreamgirls. Directed and choreographed by Karen Bruce, known for her work on "So You Think You Can Dance" for BBC and West End productions.
Viva La Música
Enjoy a Latin-inspired concert choreographed by Liz Imperio, known for working with Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and Gloria Estefan. The show features popular Latin soundtrack favorites like "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" by Miami Sound Machine and "Hips Don’t Lie" by Shakira. Join the dance couple on the floor for a unique immersive experience.
Love blossoms at a turn-of-the-last-century colorful European fairground in a story revealed through an artfully selected medley of popular songs such as Ceelo Green’s "Bright Lights, Bigger City," Bruno Mars’ "Just the Way You Are" and Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror.” Directed by famed choreographer Danny Teeson, a large, brilliantly costumed cast of performers brings the story to life, dancing on a vibrant set with a spectacular digital backdrop.
Be Amongst the First to Experience Sun Princess
Mediterranean & aegean, mediterranean & adriatic, eastern caribbean , western caribbean , soak up the relaxation.
We know you crave relaxation, so we created even more places to come feel the "ahhh!"
The views revolve around you.
In these all-new spaces, all you gotta do to recharge is take in the ocean vistas. Our Sea View Terrace sets the tone at the front, while the new Wake View Terrace features an infinity pool and aft life redefined.
Soak up the fun.
We've surrounded this preferred poolside spot with lots of options for food and drinks: Lido Grill, Lido Slice by Alfredo’s, Lido Tacos, Lido Greens, Coffee & Cones and THREE bars.
Lotus Spa® - Now Two Stories!
The sanctuary, sea view terrace, family & kids.
Psst...kids, want your own space? Firefly Park, Neon Grove and The Underground are ALL YOURS.
With games, themed events and activities all reserved for you. So let the adults have their fun; you’ll have yours too.
Firefly Park Kids Club
Neon grove tweens club, the underground teen lounge, park19 – an adventure that’s tops.
We know you love spending time with your favorite people, so we created a (tip)top-deck space everyone can enjoy...together. Soar like a bird 19 decks above the waves on the Sea Breeze Rollglider®, a first at sea.(You can even go for a ride now with this AR preview!) It's just a taste of what you'll find at this wonderland for kids and adults alike.
Sea Breeze Rollglider® and The Net Ropes Course
Infinite horizon tilt wall, coastal climb, splash pad & the lookout, horizons dining room.
We know you love great food, so we’ve elevated our dining – three decks high.
When it came to our main dining room, we dreamed big...or should we say "tall"? Three stories, an elegant design, multicourse meals guests rave about and a different experience for each level.
Love By Britto - Get ready to fall in love on Sun Princess
Introducing Love by Britto, created in partnership with Romero Britto, the world-renowned artist known for his bold, colorful and joyful style. This artistic-inspired experience aboard Sun Princess® celebrates the love of life through colorful design and an imaginative prix fixe menu curated by culinary virtuoso Rudi Sodamin.
Sabatini's italian trattoria, world fresh marketplace, umai teppanyaki, o'malley's irish pub, the promenade, wheelhouse bar, good spirits at sea, popular sun princess departure ports, sail from ft. lauderdale, sail from barcelona, sail from rome.
We know you enjoy sweeping views, so we built our Piazza in a sphere of glass.
It’s more than ocean vistas in every direction; it’s being immersed in the world around you like never before. The heartbeat of our ship, our Piazza may have been inspired by the town squares of Europe, but her evolution is out of this world.
The Venues of The Piazza
Coffee currents, bellinis cocktail bar, alfredo's pizzeria, international cafe, discover more, medallionclass® on all ships.
Next-level technology. More time for you. Your vacation – simplified, personalized.
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It Pays to Plus® so get added value by upgrading to Princess Plus® or Princess Premier®.
From last-minute cruise deals to seasonal promotions, find all our best cruise offers so you can set sail with Princess.
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Bookings open today for Sun Princess’ first three voyages in 2024
Post date: Sep 16 2022
Date: Sep 16 2022
FORT LAUDERDALE — Princess Cruises has unveiled new details about its highly anticipated Sun Princess ship, set to debut in early 2024.
Considered the brand’s largest ship ever at 175,500 tonnes, this marks the third ship to be honoured with the Sun Princess name, adding to the legacy of the first ship sailing from 1974 to 1988, and the second ship sailing from 1995 to 2020. At that time, the ship boasted the largest number of balcony cabins and the cruise line’s first 24-hour café.
Upon its debut, the ship will sail an inaugural spring/summer season of Mediterranean cruises followed by Western and Eastern Caribbean voyages out of Port Everglades, Florida in the fall of 2024.
Sun Princess’ first three voyages will go on sale at 3 p.m. ET today, Sept. 16.
“Sun Princess is a new and bespoke ship platform, designed to simultaneously embrace Princess heritage while boldly pressing into the future with iconic, elegant and pure lines unique to our brand,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “A show-stopping, first-of-its-kind Dome on the top deck and suspended glass Piazza in the centre of Sun Princess offer innovative designs showcasing expansive ocean views for incredible opportunities to connect with the sea.”
Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard, Sun Princess will accommodate over 4,000 guests upon completion. Here are some highlights:
- The Piazza : Spanning three stories, the Piazza is an outward-looking suspended space with comfortable seating and areas to enjoy ocean views in every direction. An impressive LED screen will be showcased in the centre of the Piazza that can be moved and configured to deliver live entertainment programming. Adjacent to the Piazza will be a new coffee shop, Coffee Currents, Bellini’s Cocktail Bar, along with Princess favourites like Crooners Bar and Alfredo’s Pizzeria.
- The Dome : Another standout structure, The Dome was inspired by the terraces of Santorini. This multi-level covered deck and first-of-its-kind true glass-enclosed dome is the first to ever be constructed on a cruise ship. At night, the pool will become a stage, transforming it into an entertainment venue with a South Beach vibe complete with lighting effects and aerial performances.
- Newly appointed suites and staterooms : The 21-deck Sun Princess will offer 2,157 staterooms, including 50 suites and 100 connecting rooms, with all balcony accommodations featuring an in-room sofa. Also launching exclusively on Sun Princess will be a new level of suite accommodations called the Signature Collection, featuring access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and Signature Sun Deck, a private area of the Sanctuary.
- Reserve Collection : With Sun Princess, Club Class accommodations onboard the ship and all Princess ships will now be called Reserve Collection, which are the best-located mini suite staterooms. Within the Reserve Collection will be Reserve Collection Cabana rooms, resort-style staterooms that offer a balcony and private cabana, and extra-large outdoor lounge space. These premium accommodations also include access to the Reserve Collection Restaurant.
In addition to the ship’s stunning design, Sun Princess is also part of Carnival Corporation’s green cruising initiative and is one of 11 new ships in the corporate fleet to be powered by LNG fuel technology.
A second, next-generation Sphere class ship is also on order for Princess, slated to be delivered by Fincantieri in spring 2025.
More details about Sun Princess will be unveiled over the coming months. For more information go to www.princess.com .
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Cruise line Princess Cruises
- Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida)
- Civitavecchia-Rome (Italy)
- Barcelona (Spain)
- Piraeus-Athens (Greece)
Sun Princess current position
Sun Princess current location is at Adriatic Sea (coordinates 45.78964 N / 13.54536 E) cruising en route to SEA TRIALS. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.
Current itinerary of Sun Princess
Sun Princess current cruise is 10 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean . The itinerary starts on 18 Feb, 2024 and ends on 28 Feb, 2024 .
Specifications of Sun Princess
Sun Princess Itineraries
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The 2024-built Sun Princess cruise ship is the first of two SPHERE class vessels currently under construction at Fincantieri 's yard in Monfalcone Italy . Princess' SPHERE class represents the fleet's first dual-fuel (MDO and LNG ) powered ships. The sistership Star Princess is currently scheduled for delivery in August 2025.
The vessel (IMO number 9863118) will be Bermuda- flagged (MMSI tba) and registered in Hamilton . During its construction/currently, the vessel is Italy-flagged (MMSI 247476700).
Note : This is the third cruise ship named "Sun Princess", following Sun Princess (1974-88/1970-ordered as "Seaward" for NCL-Norwegian /1972-built as "Spirit of London"/1974-acquired by P&O Princess/2016- scrapped as "Ocean Dream"/IMO 7211517) and the old Sun Princess (1995-2020/now Pacific World for Peace Boat) .
History - construction and ownership
Princess Cruises is a USA-based passenger shipping company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (1977-founded), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - the world's largest cruise shipowner. Among Princess Cruise Lines Ltd's assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 mi) from Nassau .
In July 2018 were ordered two new-class (larger than Royal-Class) liners with GT-tonnage/volume 175000 tonnes and passenger capacity 4300. These are the fleet's first dual-fuel (MGO and LNG/primarily) powered ships. The shipbuilding contract with Fincantieri (Monfalcone Shipyard) was signed on March 27, 2019, with scheduled deliveries in 2023 and 2025. Both contracts were signed by Jan Swartz (Princess' President) and Giuseppe Bono (Fincantieri's CEO). Princess Cruises in 2018 had 5 new ships on order with Fincantieri. The 2024-2025 SPHERE liners are Carnival Corporation's 10th and 11th LNG-powered ships .
Decks and Cabins
Sun Princess staterooms (2162 total) include 469x suites, 949x Standard and 100x Cove balconies, 186x Oceanviews, 460x Interior. Of all staterooms, 100x are interconnecting (for families) and 55x are handicap/wheelchair-accessible. All balcony staterooms (1518, or ~70% of all) are with triple/quad occupancy, being fitted with sofabed.
Unlike the preceding ROYAL Class, the new Princess SPHERE ships have oceanview cabins, each fitted with a large non-opening Picture Window.
Exclusive for the SPHERE ships, Sun Princess has new types of Suites (Signature Collection Suite/categories Sky, Owner's, Penthouse, Signature) providing premium amenities and bonus perks like exclusive facilities access - Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge & Bar, and Signature Sundeck (part of The Sanctuary).
Club Class staterooms (called on the SPHERE ships "Reserve Collection Staterooms") are Mini-Suites, among which are the resort-style "Reserve Collection Cabana" cabins featuring a balcony-cabana combo (veranda accessed via a large outdoor patio lounge).
The boat has 20 decks , of which 16 are passenger-accessible and 10 with cabins.
Shipboard facilities and amenities
Details on the new Princess SPHERE class were revealed in September 2022.
The new ship platform features iconic design elements, including The Dome (a unique entertainment space on top-deck covered by a glass roof) and a suspended glass (in the Piazza Atrium/midship) projecting live sea views as well as recorded UHD media.
The 4300-passenger ship Sun Princess also has new/fleet-first entertainment venues, 3-deck MDR restaurants (Main Dining Rooms), new-design staterooms, a total of 29 bars/lounges and dining venues.
The 3-story-high Piazza Atrium (spreading on decks 7-8-9 midship) is an iconic architectural concept for large-sized cruise liners. The outward-looking space is suspended and with comfortable seating (on all three levels) providing 360-degree unobstructed outside views. The huge LED screen in the middle is movable to allow live entertainment. From The Piazza are accessed Coffee Currents (new for Princess coffee shop), Bellini's Cocktail Bar, Crooners Bar, Ocean Front Lounge, International Cafe, Alfredo's Pizzeria as well as the Lobby's guest services desks (Shore Excursions, Future Cruise, Reception).
The Dome is a glass-roof-covered sundeck (spanning two floors /decks 17-18 forward) and is the first true glass-enclosed space on a cruise liner. During the day, The Dome serves as a pool deck (having a large indoor/outdoor swimming pool). At night, the swimming pool is covered to become a stage as The Dome transforms into an entertainment venue with superior sound and lighting effects and live aerial performances.
As Princess SPHERE ships' coordinating architecture company Fincantieri contracted TDoS/Tillberg Design of Sweden (1964-founded company specializing in cruise ship design as well as hospitality projects). TDoS was contracted to provide an architecture based on light interiors and transparency. Curiously, the ever-first Atrium (midship-positioned open-floor designed area) on a cruise ship (1969-built Sea Venture) was designed by Robert Tillberg.
The new Sun Princess has the fleet's first Park19 - a 3-floor (aft on decks 19-20-21) family-themed activity zone offering 9x outdoor fun activities. Park 19's main facilities include
- Sea Breeze (the first-at-sea Rollglider/on Deck 20) allows guests (seated and harnessed) to glide above the sea at speeds of 11 mph (18 kph) along a suspended track. The electric ride sessions are in 60-90 seconds and are ADA-accessible.
- Coastal Climb (Ropes Course/obstacle course with a large climbing structure) interlinks Decks 19-20.
- The Lookout (observation deck at the top of Coastal Climb's climbing structure) provides 360-degree unobstructed top-deck views and is the ship's highest passenger-accessible area.
- The Net (above Deck 19) is a trekking facility that groups several unstable bridges and climbing cargo nets as well as a Z-shaped balance beam.
- Infinite Horizon (Deck 19) is for height lovers. The space provides views of 10 decks down (decks 19 to 9) and features cantilevered tilted walls. Like The Lookout, Infinite Horizon provides stunning views from high vantage points.
- Hammock Area is a family-themed relaxation deck fitted with numerous relaxing hammocks.
- Splash Zone (Princess Cruises' first aquapark) is for kids and has a splash area with Pop Jet fountains.
- Recreational Court houses the multi-sports court (for playing basketball, football, tennis) as well as deck games (Table Tennis, Ping Pong, Shuffleboard). Recreational Court also serves open-air group classes (Xponential Fitness, morning yoga and meditation, wellness activities).
- Jogging Track (facility for walking/jogging/running) is on Deck 19. Around 7-times Jogging Track's length (240 m / 790 ft) equals 1 mi/1,6 km.
Park 19's children's facilities (spreading across decks 6-7) are complimentary and include Firefly Park (Kids Center for small children/toddlers and babies aged 6 months to 3 years), Neon Grove (club lounge for tweens/children 7-14 years old) and The Underground (teen club lounge). Firefly Park is midship on Deck 6, while Neon Grove and The Underground are forward on Deck 7.
Serving as a nursery/group babysitting venue, Firefly Park has a dedicated playground and offers after-hours babysitting (between 10 pm - 1 am). The babysitting service costs US$5 (per hour/per kid) and is available for children ages 3 to 12.
Another new venue is the Spellbound by Magic Castle - a Victorian era/19th-century British Empire-inspired bar lounge themed after Hollywood’s Magic Castle in Los Angeles (reservations-only private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts). Located on Deck 8 (forward-portside, adjacent to Princess Casino), Spellbound is served by professional mixologists and with live performances from world-class magicians. Spellbound's experience also features magical artifacts, vintage artworks, the Music Room (with interactive special effects), the Parlor Bar (where guests can interact with professional illusionists), and the Spellbound Theater (30-seat show lounge).
Follows the complete list of Sun Princess restaurants and food bars.
- 3-deck Main Dining Room (Horizons Restaurant, aft on decks 6-7-8)
- Signature Restaurant (aka Suite Dining Room)
- Reserve Collection Restaurant (fka Inclusive Restaurant)
- Ocean Front / Kai Sushi Bar (specialty seafood bar with a la carte menu/sushi, sashimi)
- O'Malley's Irish Pub
- The Catch by Rudi (specialty seafood restaurant by master chef Rudi Sodamin)
- Crown Grill (steakhouse)
- Sabatini's Italian Trattoria
- World Fresh Marketplace (Lido restaurant)
- Alfredo’s Pizzeria
- Promendade's fast food bars (slice pizza, burgers, hot dogs, fresh-baked bagels, ice creams)
- "Love by Britto" (specialty restaurant/aft on deck 17)
- Butcher’s Block by Dario (midship on deck 9)
"Love by Britto" is a boutique restaurant/specialty dining venue via partnership with Romero Britto (1963-born Brazilian artist/painter, sculptor). The artworks and interior design were developed by Romero Britto and marked by bold patterns and vivid colors. The menu is prix fixe and crafted by Rudi Sodamin (Austria-born and France-trained master chef and culinary pop artist). The 7-course dinner is priced at US$149 per person. The menu includes a Champagne flute (upon arrival). Starters include "Oysters with Champagne Pearls" and "Grilled Fig with Prosciutto and Roquefort" (Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Blue Cheese), followed by soups such as Asparagus and Watermelon Cocktail with Vodka. The top-quality food ingredients include premium meats, lobster, caviar, truffles, gourmet desserts (always accompanied by chocolate fondue).
On Lido Deck (deck 17) are the ship's swimming pools and outdoor Jacuzzies/whirlpools with a spacious sundeck served by 3 Poolside Bars (open-air venues for fast food and beverages) - 1 forward (Sea View Bar) + 2 midship (Coffee & Cones, THE MIX). Adjacent to The Dome are lined up the fast food venues Lido Slice (pizza), Lido Tacos, Lido Grill, Lido Greens (salads) and Lido Bar. Aft (with stern views/of the ship's wake) is the Altitude Restaurant.
Umai Teppanyaki (deck 8) is a new for Princes Cruises specialty restaurant serving Japanese traditional grilled cuisine using an iron griddle to cook the food.
Crown Grill (fka Sterling Steakhouse, open 6-11 pm) is a dinner-only specialty restaurant (at surcharge PP) serving grilled food (steaks and seafood). The ship's Steakhouse features circular seating, modern artworks, leather booths, open kitchen (guests enjoy the views of their food being prepared in the fleet's biggest show galley/kitchen).
Sabatini's Italian Trattoria is a specialty dining venue that also appeals to families with its handmade pasta dishes. The restaurant has a circular main room (with bistro-style nooks) and a separate pasta room where guests can witness the pasta-making process.
Alfredo's Pizzeria (Indoor-Outdoor Dining venue) has an open kitchen allowing passengers to watch as the chefs create pizza by hand/serve them straight out of the oven. New to the kitchen is the professional, open-mouth oven reaching 970 F (520 C) degrees.
World Fresh Marketplace (with Outdoor Dining Area and Eat Street) is the ship's complimentary, self-service Lido buffet restaurant (aft on deck 9). The Lido restaurant is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and has both indoor and outdoor seating (on the Terrace). The Marketplace offers different themed cuisine for lunch and also dinner specials. The restaurant's annexes include Crab Shack (seafood bar), Fondues (cheese bar), The Pastry Shop (self-service patisserie, with complimentary desserts), and the food counter "East Meets West".
"Butcher’s Block by Dario" is the fleet's first butcher shop (impromptu bistro) via partnership with Dario Cecchini (1955-born, 8th generation butcher from Panzano in Chianti, Italy). The venue features a large shared table and offers premium beef and steak meats, including signature cuts from "the world's most famous butcher". Exclusively for Princess Cruises, Dario Cecchini also designed a new menu for the Crown Grill/steakhouse also serving the Bistecca Alla Fiorentina (steak dish prepared with meat sourced from Cecchini's Panzano shop/Antica Macelleria CECCHINI).
Follows the complete list of Sun Princess lounges, clubs, and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.
- Princess Arena Theater (2-deck show lounge with capacity 1000+ seats)
- Two Teens & Tweens Areas (located forward on deck 7) are named The Underground and Neon Grove. These exclusive club lounges are both fitted with comfortable seating (sofas and chairs), video gaming consoles (PlayStation 5/PS5 and Nintendo Switch), table games (hockey, foosball, skeeball) and provide complimentary supervised activities like scavenger hunts, fun competitions, dance parties, movie nights.
- Good Spirits At Sea (fka Explorers Lounge)
- Cabana Decks (two exclusive sundecks for the Reserve Collection Cabana Mini-Suites positioned portside and starboard/forward-midship on Deck 9 )
- Future Cruise (loyalty program information, onboard booking)
- Shore Excursions Desk (booking, information)
- International Cafe (24-hour patisserie and specialty coffee bar- sandwiches, salads, pastries, cookies)
- Wheelhouse Bar & Lounge
- Princess Casino (age limit 21+ years, 200+ slots and video poker machines, gambling tables) is served by Magic Hour Bar.
- Crooners Bar & Lounge (piano bar with 2 glass grand pianos; cocktails, extensive Martini selection, also used for seminars and lectures)
- Princess Fine Arts Gallery (also hosts art auctions)
- aft sundeck with an Infinity Pool and 2 Jacuzzies (whirlpool hot tubs)
- Family Space and Kid's Center are youth facilities served by a dedicated Guest Services Desk (deck 6 midship)
- Sun Deck with 4 Jacuzzies and a Bar
- Fitness Center (Gym with a separate Aerobics Studio for classes), Beauty Salon, Juice Bar
- Rollglider Track, Ropes Course, Jogging Track, Sports Court
Sun Princess ship's Casino (Deck 8) is the fleet's largest in both space/size (50%) and number of gaming positions/machines (30%). The gambling complex offers a diverse selection of entertainment, the latest and most popular slot machines and video poker games, as well as live table games with progressive jackpots. The venue encompasses ~836 m2 (9000 ft2), has 3-m/10-ft high ceilings, 227 slot machines, 13 live tables, and a high-limit slot area, comfortable seating, and provides interactive audio-visual experiences.
Lido Deck (deck 17) houses 3 Swimming Pools (1 forward + 2 midship) and a total of 4 Jacuzzies/whirlpool hot tubs (2 forward + 2 midship) which are served by 3 Poolside Bars/open-air venues for fast food and beverages (1 forward + 2 midship).
Promenade Deck (deck 9) is an open-air space (running from midship to aft/stern, portside and starboard) with outdoor seating/alfresco dining areas.
"The Shops of Princess" is a 2-deck shopping complex (midship on decks 7-8) consisting of top-luxury boutiques selling designer high-end brand merchandise (jewelry, leather goods, watches, perfumes, cosmetics). The onboard brand stores include Cartier, Bvlgari, Chopard, Burberry, Gucci, Montblanc, Rado, Princess Shop (cruise brand's logo merchandise), Bazaar (new shop selling destination-specific goods).
Princess Live! Lounge & Bar (deck 7) is a TV studio for the Princess Cruises' shipboard live TV show programming (spots and music performances) filmed each day to be broadcast to the passenger staterooms. The venue is redesigned and expanded (combines the design elements of Princess Live! and Explorer's Lounge), with full bar/beverage service, a stage (with a large LED screen) and is served by the Gelateria (fka Affogato Bar). During the day, guests enjoy participatory activities like trivia, game shows, the Wake Show.
Sea View Terrace (fka The Beach Club) is a bow-facing observation lounge (forward on deck 16) with a glass-roof cover and direct stair access to The Dome (sundeck area on deck 17).
The ship has a 2-level Signature Lounge (aka Suite Lounge) exclusive to Suite passengers. The Suite Lounge (aft on decks 15-16) provides complimentary snacks and beverages, comfortable seating, restrooms, and is directly accessed by two lifts/elevators.
Lotus Spa is a wellness complex on two floors (midship on decks 5-6). The lower level (deck 5) consists of Relax Room, Treatment Rooms (for massages), Showers and Changing Rooms (male/female). The upper level (deck 6) is "The Enclave" grouping a Thermal Suite (3 times bigger than the traditional Lotus Spa), Hammam/Oriental Steam Room, Caldarium/aroma steam room, Laconium/sauna, aromatic Sensory Showers, Hydro-therapy Pool (with 3 Whirlpools and cascading rain shower), Male/Female Change Rooms.
The Sanctuary (aft on Deck 18) is the ship's adults-only sundeck/recreation area with luxury chaise lounges, its own swimming pool and a spa pool/hot tub, and is served by the open-air Sanctuary Bar (light meals/steward service). The Sanctuary is also fitted with private 4-guest outdoor cabanas (spa massages, Royal Indulgence Package/surcharges PP apply).
In comparison to the fleetmates, some of the venues already available in the fleet are redesigned and expanded (like Alfredo's Pizzeria, Crown Grill/steakhouse, Sabatini's Trattoria, Princess Casino, Crooner's Bar, International Cafe, Good Spirits At Sea, Gelateria, Princess Live!), while others are fleet-firsts (like the Princess Arena, and the 3-deck high restaurant Horizons Dining Room/aft on decks 6-7-8).
The ship's live entertainment program includes new for the fleet production shows, a group of 13 professional dancers, and 8 cirque artists (performing at The Dome). Princess Arena hosts nightly the new productions "Vallora, A Pirate Quest" and "Viva La Música", "Fiera!", as well as the musical "Stage Struck". The Dome hosts nightly "Cirque Eloize" as well as three new shows titled “Artbeat”, “Blue” and “Come Fly Away". The Piazza (Atrium's base/lower level) hosts various musical performances and acts.
Sun Princess itinerary program starts with an inaugural Mediterranean season (2024 February/spring and summer) ending with a westbound Transatlantic crossing from Europe to the USA (RepositionCruises.com) for a Caribbean deployment based on homeporting in Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades (Florida USA) .
Due to delayed delivery, the Maiden Voyage (initially scheduled to depart from Barcelona on February 8, 2024) was canceled and rescheduled for Feb 18th. The original 10-day "Inaugural Grand Mediterranean Cruise" had to visit Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Spain), Messina (Sicily Italy), Piraeus-Athens (Greece), Kusadasi-Ephesus (Turkey), Santorini Island, and Naples, ending in Civitavecchia-Rome. The new 10-day Maiden Voyage (Feb 18-28, roundtrip from Civitavecchia) visits Messina, Corfu Island (Greece), Heraklion (Crete Greece), Kusadasi-Ephesus, Piraeus-Athens, and Naples.
The inaugural European season 2024 includes the following itineraries as themes.
- 7-day "Mediterranean with Greek Isles and Turkey" (between Rome and Athens)
- 7-day "Mediterranean with Greece and Italy" (between Athens and Barcelona)
- 7-day "Mediterranean with France and Italy" (between Barcelona and Rome)
- 9-day "Grand Mediterranean" (roundtrips from Rome)
- 10-day "Grand Mediterranean" (roundtrips from Rome or between Barcelona and Rome)
- 10-day "Grand Western Mediterranean" (roundtrips from Rome)
9- to 23-day "European Explorer" itineraries are between the Mediterranean and Southampton (England UK).
The Transatlantic relocation cruise (16-day "Iberian Passage" itinerary from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale) departs on Sept 23, 2024, and visits Portland England, Vigo Spain, Funchal Madeira Portugal, and Tenerife Canary Islands Spain.
The ship's inaugural Caribbean program (2024-2025) is based on the following ex-Fort Lauderdale roundtrip itineraries:
- 5-day "Caribbean Getaway" - visits Amber Cove Dominicana and Grand Turk.
- 7-day "Eastern Caribbean with St Thomas USVI"
- 7-day "Eastern Caribbean" (Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Princess Cays)
- 7-day "Western Caribbean" (Cozumel Mexico, Belize City, Isla Roatan Honduras)
The Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries are combinable into 14-day B2Bs/back-to-back cruises (Caribbean Adventurer).
Note: All 7-day Eastern Caribbean voyages visit the Bahamian private island resort Princess Cays/Eleuthera .
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Princess Cruises' SPHERE-class ships are two units by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri , with the first one (Sun Princess) entering service in 2024 and the second one ( Star Princess ) in 2025. These are Princess' ever-largest vessels as well as the company's first LNG-powered (by liquefied natural gas).
In July 2018 were ordered two new-class (larger than Princess' ROYAL-class) liners with GT-tonnage/volume 175000 tonnes and passenger capacity 4300 (lower berths). These are the fleet's first dual-fuel (MGO and LNG/primarily) vessels. The shipbuilding contract with Fincantieri ( Monfalcone Shipyard ) was signed on March 27, 2019, with deliveries initially scheduled for 2023 (Sun) and 2025 (Star). Both contracts were signed by Jan Swartz (Princess' President) and Giuseppe Bono (Fincantieri's CEO).
Princess Cruises in 2018 had 5 newbuilds on order with Fincantieri. The SPHERE-class units were Carnival Corporation 's 10th and 11th LNG-powered ships.
By GT-tonnage/volume (175K) Princess SPHERE is the largest Italy-built vessel so far.
The Sun Princess vessel (Fincantieri Monfalcone yard/hull number 6310) is currently scheduled for delivery (to Princess Cruise Lines Ltd) in January 2024 and to start passenger shipping operations on February 8th/Maiden Voyage.
The vessel's construction officially started with the steel-cutting ceremony on September 3, 2021, held at Fincantieri's Centro Servizi Navali (steel factory in San Giorgio di Nogaro, to the west of Monfalcone). Sun Princess was launched/floated out from drydock on March 8, 2023.
In February 2023 were announced the new ship's senior officers, including Masters/Captains (Craig Street and Paolo Arrigo), Staff Captains (Brian Whelan and Valerio Esposito), Hotel General Managers (Simona Stumberger and Ralph D'Souza), Chief Engineers (Gaetano Guida and Davor Pavlovic-Kalifo).
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The next tables show the ship's Maiden Voyage as well as the inaugural cruise itineraries by destination/homeport scheduled for 2024.
Prices are in USD and per person, based on double occupancy.
(MAIDEN VOYAGE/ CANCELED ) 10-day, from $ 2035 pp
(new MAIDEN VOYAGE ) "Grand Mediterranean" itinerary - 10-day, from $1400 pp
(inaugural "The Best of the Mediterranean" itinerary) 20-day, from $3100 pp
(inaugural departure from Greece) 14-day, from $2260 pp
(inaugural relocation voyage) 23-day from Mediterranean to the UK, from $3260 pp
(inaugural Transatlantic crossing) 16-day from Europe/UK to Caribbean/USA, from $1480 pp
(inaugural Caribbean cruise) 5-day "Caribbean Getaway with Grand Turk" itinerary, from $540 pp
(inaugural "Caribbean EastWest Adventurer" itinerary) 14-day, from $1620 pp
Note: The "Caribbean EastWest Adventurer" is a B2B/back-to-back cruise that combines two 7-day itineraries - the "Eastern Caribbean with St Thomas" with the "Western Caribbean with Mexico".
A large ship with personalized service: Sun Princess ship to join Princess Cruises fleet in 2024
Princess Cruises will welcome the new ship Sun Princess to its fleet in early 2024, the cruise line announced Thursday.
The ship, the first of its new Sphere class, is Princess' largest ship yet, accommodating over 4,000 guests, and marks both a new chapter for the line and a nod to its past.
"What we're really about with Princess is pushing the future, pushing innovation, pushing things greater and greater for our guests, but simultaneously embracing our heritage," Princess president John Padgett told USA TODAY in an interview.
That is evident as much in the familiar design aesthetic as in the ship's name. Princess previously operated two other Sun Princess ships, selling the most recent one – which had been introduced in 1995 – in 2020.
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But the vessel also includes a number of innovations and new features from the line. Here's what guests can expect:
Where will Sun Princess sail?
The ship, which is currently being built at Italy's Fincantieri shipyard, will spend its inaugural spring and summer season in the Mediterranean, according to a news release. In the fall of 2024, Sun Princess will sail Eastern and Western Caribbean trips from Port Everglades in Florida.
What can guests expect on board Sun Princess?
As many cruise ships get larger, Padgett said Princess occupies a singular space in the industry, thanks in part to how it personalizes the guest experience.
"...We're uniquely positioned to have our cake and eat it too," he said, "have large ships, all the amenities that our guests desire, while also having that personalized service that is really historically unique to smaller ships and midsize ships."
The 21-deck ship will have 2,157 staterooms, 50 of which will be suites. There will also be 100 connecting rooms and more balcony space than in previous Princess ships. The line will also launch the Signature Collection on Sun Princess, a new suite accommodation level with premium cabin amenities and access to its own restaurant, lounge, and more.
The Club Class will also become the Reserve Collection – mini-suite rooms in prime locations – a change that will roll out on all other Princess ships, though Padgett said the line does not have a specific timeline for that.
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And while the ship was crafted with the line's heritage in mind, the vessel features some striking innovations, including The Dome, a glass-enclosed dome and covered, multilevel deck. Guests can swim in its indoor-outdoor pool during the day, and return for nighttime festivities when the pool turns into a stage. The space can also host aerial performances, per the release.
There are other entertainment spaces as well, including the line's Piazza and the Princess Theater.
Dining and beverage options include new coffee shop Coffee Currents, Bellini's Cocktail Bar, Alfredo's Pizzeria and Crooners Bar.
What else should guests know?
Sun Princess was designed with accessibility in mind, which Padgett said will feature in "all the nuances of barriers and doors and thresholds and grades, and handles and placements," though the line does not yet have a final number of accessible cabins on board.
The ship is also the first Princess vessel dual-fuel powered predominantly by cleaner-burning liquefied natural gas. Travelers can purchase tickets for the ship's first three trips which began on Friday, and a special booking window for Princess Elite members which ran from Thursday at 5:30 p.m. through Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern.
Prices for a February 2024 round-trip sailing from Rome start at $1,999 for an interior room based on double occupancy with the Princess Standard package. That includes "accommodations, dining, and entertainment," according to the line's website .
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Princess Cruises announces the 2024 Mediterranean season for its new Sun Princess with departures from Barcelona, Rome, and Athens.
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Additional Inaugural Voyages of Sun Princess from Barcelona, Rome and Athens Announced
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2022) – When the newest, largest and most innovative Princess Cruises ship – Sun Princess – debuts in February 2024, guests will set sail on a memorable 10-day Grand Mediterranean inaugural voyage with departure options from Barcelona, Rome, and Athens.
The first inaugural cruise of the 175,500-ton vessel, boasting expansive venues, contemporary entertainment, multi-story dining rooms and next-level accommodations starts on February 8. Additional Mediterranean voyages will go on sale Nov. 9, 2022, for voyages through September 2024.
The full European season aboard the new Sun Princess includes 10-day itineraries visiting popular stops throughout the Western and Eastern Mediterranean and the cruise line’s popular series of seven-day voyages departing from either Barcelona, Rome (Civitavecchia) or Athens, which can be combined for the ultimate 14-day or 21-day exploration of these sought-after vacation destinations.
“When you dream of the Mediterranean, you immediately think of sunshine, endless blue water views, colorful and distinctive architecture, incredible cuisine, engaging locals and romantic settings,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “It’s a perfect match having our new Sun Princess debut in this scenic region because so much of our design inspiration for this next-generation ship comes directly from these iconic destinations.”
As seen on “The Real Love Boat,” the new CBS reality dating adventure show set aboard a luxury Princess cruise ship, the inaugural season of Sun Princess cruises will visit the destinations featured in the show including Gibraltar, Marseille and Santorini.
Highlights of the March through September 2024 inaugural cruise season of Sun Princess, include:
- 10-day Grand Mediterranean inaugural cruise between Barcelona and Rome departing March 9, featuring Mallorca, Sicily, Athens, Kusadasi, Santorini and Naples.
- Seven-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles & Turkey between Rome and Athens, seven-day Mediterranean with Greece & Italy between Athens and Barcelona and seven-day Mediterranean with France & Italy between Barcelona and Rome, with over 20 departures to choose from between April and September 2024.
- European Explorer voyages sailing between the Mediterranean and London (Southampton) from nine to 23 days.
- Nine-day Grand Mediterranean voyage sailing roundtrip from Rome.
- 10-day Grand Mediterranean voyages sailing roundtrip from Rome, or between Barcelona and Rome.
- 10-day Grand Western Mediterranean voyages roundtrip from Rome.
- 16-day Iberian Passage voyage sailing the Atlantic Ocean between London (Southampton) and Fort Lauderdale.
Princess guests wishing to expand their time on land can also choose from three unique cruise-tours:
- Best of Greece : Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Meteora, Delphi, and the Acropolis of Athens and its Parthenon. Offered with the seven-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles & Italy, 14-day Mediterranean with Greece, France and Italy, or the 21-day Best of the Mediterranean cruises from Athens.
- Classic Italy: Visit Venice, Florence and Rome’s greatest sights: Venice’s St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, Rome’s Coliseum and Vatican museums, the Duomo and Michelangelo’s sculpture of David in Florence. All sights are offered with the seven-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles & Turkey, 14-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles, Italy & Turkey, or the 21-day Best of Mediterranean cruises from Rome.
- Highlights of Spain : Offered with the seven-day Mediterranean with France & Italy, 14-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles, France & Turkey or 21-day Best of Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. Visit Madrid, Valencia, Toledo and enjoy the sights and tastes of Spain.
Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, the largest Princess ship ever constructed embraces Italian heritage by featuring a newly-designed, brand-iconic Piazza and The Dome, a cutting-edge entertainment space inspired by the terraces of Santorini.
While introducing a completely new class of ships for the cruise line, Sun Princess also remains true to the smooth clean lines and design aesthetics of the cruise line’s famous Seawitch icon and popularized in the original “Love Boat” TV series.
Sun Princess will also feature the exclusive Princess Medallion that will extend Princess’ leadership position in delivering exceptional and custom experiences at unmatched scale, offering guests personalized service only previously found on the industry’s smallest ships.
Part of Carnival Corporation’s green cruising focus, Sun Princess will be the first Princess ship and one of 11 new vessels in the corporate fleet powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest fossil fuel.
Past Princess guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book Sun Princess voyages early. The special promotion consists of a Captain’s Circle Launch Discount, which may be combined with launch and group promotions. These discounts do not apply to third or fourth berth guests and the discount expires on January 31, 2023.
More information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com .
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Princess 2024 Spring & Summer: Schedule Unveiled
- Sarah Bretz, Contributor
- October 27, 2022
- Cruise News
When Princess Cruises’ newest and largest ship ever — Sun Princess — debuts in February 2024, guests will set sail on a 10-day Grand Mediterranean inaugural cruise with departure options from Barcelona, Rome, and Athens.
The full European season on the vessel will include 10-day voyages in the eastern and western Mediterranean, along with seven-day cruises departing from Barcelona, Rome, or Athens. These sailings can be combined for longer 14 or 21-day adventures.
Highlights of Sun Princess’ March to September 2024 inaugural season include:
- 10-day Grand Mediterranean cruise between Barcelona and Rome, visiting Mallorca, Sicily, Athens, Kusadasi, Santorini, and Naples
- Seven-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles & Turkey between Rome and Athens, seven-day Mediterranean with Greece & Italy between Athens and Barcelona, and seven-day Mediterranean with France & Italy between Barcelona and Rome, with over 20 departures to choose from between April and September 2024
- European Explorer voyages between the Mediterranean and Southampton, England from nine to 23 days long
- Nine-day Grand Mediterranean cruise sailing roundtrip from Rome
- 10-day Grand Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Rome, or between Barcelona and Rome
- 10-day Grand Western Mediterranean sailings roundtrip from Rome
- 16-day Iberian Passage voyage sailing the Atlantic Ocean between Southampton and Fort Lauderdale
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Princess passengers who want to extend their time on land can choose from three unique cruise tours.
Best of Greece
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Meteora, Delphi, and the Acropolis of Athens and its Parthenon. This tour is offered with the seven-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles & Italy; 14-day Mediterranean with Greece, France and Italy; or the 21-day Best of the Mediterranean cruises from Athens.
Visit Venice, Florence, and Rome’s greatest sights: Venice’s St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, Rome’s Coliseum and Vatican museums, and Florence’s Duomo and Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. All sights are offered with the seven-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles & Turkey; 14-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles, Italy & Turkey; or the 21-day Best of Mediterranean cruises from Rome.
Highlights of Spain
This tour is offered with the seven-day Mediterranean with France & Italy; 14-day Mediterranean with Greek Isles, France & Turkey; or the 21-day Best of Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. Visit Madrid, Valencia, and Toledo and enjoy the sights and tastes of Spain.
About Sun Princess
Currently under construction in Italy, Sun Princess will feature a newly-designed Piazza and The Dome, a cutting-edge entertainment space inspired by the terraces of Santorini.
The vessel is part of Carnival Corporation’s green cruising focus, and will be the first Princess ship powered by liquefied natural gas.
Bookings for Sun Princess’ first three voyages are already open. Additional Mediterranean cruises will go on sale November 9, 2022.
Past Princess guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book Sun Princess cruises early. The promotion consists of a Captain’s Circle Launch Discount, which may be combined with launch and group promotions. The discount expires on January 31, 2023.
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Princess Cruises Is Set to Debut Its Largest Ship Ever in 2024
It’s the first new-class ship from Princess in over a decade
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Princess Cruises has announced its plans to reincarnate the Sun Princess, if by name only, with the introduction of its new Sphere class of ships, set to debut in 2024. It’s a big announcement as it’s slated to be the biggest ship to date, weighing in at 175,000 tons and with the ability to accommodate more than 4,000 passengers.
This will mark the third time that Princess has used the name Sun Princess for one of its vessels. The first Sun Princess ran from 1974 to 1988, and the second—which kicked off the line’s Sun class of ships—was in service from 1995 to 2020.
The 21-deck ship will feature dynamic spaces that transform function from day to night, such as The Dome: a geodesic, glass-enclosed sphere that houses an indoor-outdoor pool and “unique water feature" by day. Come nightfall, though, it will transform into a stage for entertainment.
The 2,157 reimagined staterooms, including 50 suites and 100 connecting rooms, will flaunt 1,500 balconies—more than any other Princess ship. Sun Princess will also introduce a new class of suites called the Signature Collection, which will feature exclusive access to a Signature Lounge, Signature Restaurant, and Signature Sun Deck. The cruise line, in addition, will rename Princess’ Club Class mini-suites on Sun Princess as the Reserve Collection.
Princess veterans can look forward to familiar watering holes like Bellini's Cocktail Bar and Crooners Bar, as well as a new coffee shop called Coffee Currents, located off the stunning three-story Piazza.
"Sun Princess is a new and bespoke ship platform, designed to simultaneously embrace Princess heritage while boldly pressing into the future with iconic, elegant, and pure lines unique to our brand," said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president, in a statement. "A show-stopping, first-of-its-kind Dome on the top deck and suspended glass Piazza in the center of Sun Princess offer innovative designs showcasing expansive ocean views for incredible opportunities to connect with the sea."
Sun Princess is scheduled to begin service in spring 2024 with Mediterranean sailings before moving to Port Everglades to sail the Caribbean in the fall.
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Princess Cruises reveals 1st details of giant new ship on order for 2024
Coming to a port near you in the next few years: Cruise ships topped with giant glass domes.
That's the word from Princess Cruises , which is unveiling the first details of a new, bigger class of vessels that it plans to start rolling out in 2024.
Princess says the first ship in the series, to be called Sun Princess, will have a giant geodesic dome at its top that covers a multideck pool and lounge area — billed as the first of its kind at sea.
The ship will also have a more elaborate version of the multideck interior piazzas that are a Princess Cruises signature space and new, elevated suite offerings. Other design details announced Thursday include plans for a lighter, brighter decor than on other Princess ships.
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At 175,500 tons, Sun Princess will be about 21% bigger than the biggest ships currently in the Princess fleet . It'll rise 21 decks high and accommodate more than 4,000 passengers, assuming two passengers per cabin.
While not the biggest cruise ship in the world , it'll be among the larger vessels at sea when it begins sailing.
Sun Princess already is under construction at a Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and is scheduled to debut in the first half of 2024.
Here is a look at everything Princess has announced so far about the vessel, which will be the third to hold the Sun Princess name. Princess operated two other ships that went by the name Sun Princess from 1974 to 1988 and from 1995 to 2020, respectively.
The line plans to announce more details of the ship over the next few months.
Sun Princess will have a bigger version of the Piazza areas that serve as central gathering points on Princess ships. Spanning three decks, the Piazza on Sun Princess will have an LED screen at its center that can be moved and configured to deliver live entertainment programming — something new for the line.
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The Piazza also will be adjacent to a new coffee shop, to be called Coffee Currents, and a new cocktail bar called Bellini's. It'll also open onto such signature Princess venues as the Crooners Bar and Alfredo's Pizzeria.
By far the most unusual new feature announced so far for Sun Princess is The Dome. Inspired by the terraces of Santorini, Greece, it's a multilevel deck area covered with what the line is saying is the first true glass dome ever constructed on a cruise ship.
The Dome will cover an indoor-outdoor pool area and water feature that will be a place to lounge during the day. But at night, the area beneath The Dome will transform into a nightspot with a vibe similar to Florida's South Beach. The pool will be covered to become a stage; the space will feature state-of-the-art lighting effects and be rigged to allow for aerial performances.
An elevated suite offering
Sun Princess will feature a new level of suite accommodations called the Signature Collection, which will come with exclusive access to a private restaurant, lounge and sun deck. It's Princess Cruises' first move toward offering the sort of "ship-within-a-ship" upscale suite areas that have become a mainstay on some giant vessels operated by the likes of Norwegian Cruise Line , MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean .
The Signature Sun Deck will be a private area reserved for Signature Collection suite passengers within the Sanctuary, the extra-charge adults-only area found on Princess ships.
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Sun Princess also will have a new category of accommodations called the Reserve Collection, which will comprise the best-located minisuite staterooms. Similar to what formerly was called Club class at the line, the Reserve Collection rooms on Sun Princess will come with access to an exclusive Reserve Collection Restaurant.
Sun Princess will have 50 suites in all, among a total of 2,157 cabins. In addition, 100 rooms on the ship will connect to adjacent cabins to create a larger complex for families and groups.
Initial Sun Princess itineraries
Princess on Thursday said the vessel would debut in the Mediterranean in February 2024 and remain there through the summer of 2024. It'll then reposition to Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades in the fall of 2024 to operate voyages to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
Sun Princess's first three inaugural voyages will be:
- A one-way, 10-night Mediterranean sailing from Barcelona to Rome starting on Feb. 8, 2024.
- A roundtrip 10-night Mediterranean sailing out of Rome starting on Feb. 18, 2024.
- A one-way, 10-night Mediterranean sailing from Rome to Barcelona starting on Feb. 28, 2024.
The three sailings are available for booking today for Elite members of the Princess Captain's Circle loyalty program . All other travelers will be able to book the sailings starting at 3 p.m. on Friday.
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An as-yet-to-be-named sister ship to Sun Princess is on order from Fincantieri to debut in spring 2025.
The new class will be called the Sphere class.
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Sun Princess to sail from Southampton in 2024
Today, Princess Cruises announced that the Sun Princess, the newest, largest and most innovative ship in the fleet, will feature additional Mediterranean journeys. These itineraries for September 2024 will start or end in Southampton on the 23rd and 24th.
Embarking on this 10-night trip promises stops to popular destinations throughout the Western and Eastern Mediterranean with seven night voyages departing from Civitavecchia, Barcelona or Athens. These can also be combined to create 14 or 21-night journeys.
This ship is the largest ship in the fleet which is currently under construction in Italy. It features a newly designed Piazza to embrace the Italian heritage and the entertainment space, The Dome, has been inspired by the famous terraces of Santorini.
There will be more than 29 restaurants and 21 decks for passengers to explore, plus the nearly 176,000 tonne ship will feature 1,500 balcony staterooms with all balcony and oceanview staterooms will house an in-room sofa.
Sun Princess will be the first of 11 new vessels in the fleet to be powered by Liquified Natural gas (LNG).
Eithne Williamson, vice president Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “ Welcoming the beautiful Sun Princess into Southampton in 2024 will mark a very special visit, as it will be the first time a brand-new ship in the Princess fleet has called in to a UK port during a maiden season in more than 10 years. Sun Princess will also be our first ship to be powered by eco-friendly Liquefied Natural Gas, just one of a host of ways we are honouring our commitment to sustainable operations .”
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July 27 - 10, 2024
14 Night Mediterranean With Greece France & Italy
from Piraeus, Greece
The July 27, 2024 cruise on the Sun Princess departs from Piraeus, Greece. On this 14 Night Mediterranean With Greece France & Italy sailing, the ship will visit a total of 10 different cruise port destinations, including its departure port. The Sun Princess sets sail on a Saturday (July 27, 2024) and returns on a Saturday (August 10, 2024).
Cruise Price by Cabin Type
The price of the July 27, 2024 cruise on the Sun Princess ranges from $1,908 for an inside cabin to $2,909 for a suite.
This is a 14 night cruise and price per night is noted below for each cabin type. An inside cabin will cost $136 per night, an ocean view cabin will cost $175 per night, a balcony cabin will cost $188 per night, and a suite will cost $207 per night.
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The Sun Princess was built in 2024 and is amoung Princess's 17 ships in it's fleet. The Sun Princess is included in the cruise line's Sphere Class. In the cruise ship stats below you'll find the Sun Princess vs all other Princess ships.
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Princess Cancels the First Sun Princess Cruise Itinerary for 2024
Princess Cruises, in agreement with Fincantieri, has announced a delay in the delivery of the Sun Princess, as revealed in a recent press release.
This delay has unfortunately necessitated the cancellation of the ship’s maiden 10-day journey, which was initially scheduled to embark from Barcelona on February 8.
John Padgett, President of Princess Cruises , expressed regret for this cancellation, “We understand that this news is disappointing, and we share in that disappointment. We recognize the anticipation that surrounded this sailing, and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this cancellation causes.”
For guests who had reservations for the inaugural voyage, Princess Cruises has outlined a compensation plan. Affected guests will receive a complete refund of their cruise fare and a reimbursement for any pre-purchased onboard services. Additionally, the company is offering a 50% future cruise credit (FCC), applicable to a subsequent Princess cruise.
Furthermore, guests will be compensated with up to $200 per person to cover any change fees associated with air travel arrangements.
In a move to support its travel partners, Princess Cruises has also confirmed that it will protect travel agent commissions on bookings for this canceled voyage.
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The 9 best new cruise ships launching in 2024
T his year will be a big one for new cruise ships, with three major vessels on the way that promise to break new ground in cruising.
The most notable of the three, Icon of the Seas , is the first of a new series of megaships from Royal Caribbean that will be larger than any cruise vessels ever built. It'll be loaded with all sorts of gee-whiz attractions, restaurants, bars and entertainment.
Icon of the Seas is just one of two major new Royal Caribbean cruise ships arriving in 2024. Also on the way is Utopia of the Seas , the sixth and final vessel in the line's hugely successful Oasis Class of ships.
The year will also bring the first new ship in more than a decade from storied cruise line Cunard (Queen Anne) and the first of a new class of ship from cruise giant Princess Cruises (Sun Princess).
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The new ships from Cunard and Princess Cruises will both feature notable updated designs for the brands, with an expanded lineup of restaurants, bars and entertainment areas.
All three vessels — Icon of the Seas, Queen Anne and Sun Princess — are the three new cruise ships for 2024 that have us the most excited here at TPG. But they're far from being the only major new cruise vessels arriving during the next 12 months.
To whet your appetite for cruising in the year ahead, take a look at our list of nine new cruise ships arriving in 2024.
Maiden voyage: Dec. 23, 2023
This newest ship for cruise giant Carnival technically arrived at the end of 2023, but its maiden voyage on Dec. 23 was so close to the start of 2024 that we're calling it a new vessel for 2024.
The 15-deck-high ship is a sister to the line's recently unveiled Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration , which have made waves in the past two years for their huge size and what might be the most unusual attraction ever on a cruise vessel: a deck-top roller coaster .
Like Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee measures 183,521 tons, putting it in a tie with the former ship for the position of biggest vessel ever to sail for Carnival (at 181,808 tons, sister ship Mardi Gras is slightly smaller). Carnival Celebration and Mardi Gras, notably, are a whopping 35% bigger than the next-biggest Carnival ships currently afloat, and they are bigger than all but a dozen other cruise vessels in the world.
Like Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration, Carnival Jubilee has a roller coaster on its top deck. Dubbed Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster, it's similar to the roller coasters on its sister vessels, with an 800-foot-long track and vehicles that reach speeds of 40 mph — give or take.
Also, like its sisters, Carnival Jubilee was designed to hold up to 6,630 passengers. That's just a tad below the 7,600 passengers that will be able to fit aboard Royal Caribbean's soon-to-debut Icon of the Seas — the new world's largest cruise ship (more on that vessel below).
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In addition to a roller coaster, Carnival Jubilee has a giant water park on its top deck. Like its sister, its interiors are filled with a far broader array of suites than you'd find on earlier Carnival ships. But the vessel isn't a carbon copy of the previous vessels. New features include two ocean-themed zones with new bar and dining options — including an underwater-themed bar adorned with octopus arms that will serve drinks.
The development of ships on the scale of Carnival Jubilee and its sisters has been a big deal for Carnival. Until recently, the line had resisted the trend among major brands to build even bigger vessels that offer a supersized megaresort-at-sea experience.
Carnival's last new vessel before the arrival of Mardi Gras in 2021, Carnival Panorama, didn't even crack the top 40 list of biggest ships when it debuted in 2019.
Carnival Jubilee is sailing seven-night voyages to the Western Caribbean out of Galveston. Fares start at $669 per person, not including taxes and fees.
Icon of the Seas
Maiden voyage: Jan. 27
Call it the new grande dame of the megaship world. At 250,800 tons, Icon of the Seas will be the biggest cruise ship ever built, and it'll be chock-full of more amusements, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues than any cruise vessel ever.
In other words, if you're a megaship fan, this is your new go-to ship — assuming you don't mind vacationing with a lot of other people.
In size, Icon of the Seas will be about 6% bigger than the biggest of the Oasis Class ships, the one-year-old Wonder of the Seas. But it'll be able to hold about 7% more people — 7,600 passengers as compared to Wonder of the Seas' total capacity of 7,084 passengers. That's a new all-time record for a passenger ship.
The bigger passenger capacity is in part due to the ship's greater focus on family travelers. Icon of the Seas is being built with more cabins offering extra bunks to accommodate families with children. It'll also have more amenities geared to families, including a new-for-the-line outdoor "neighborhood" called Surfside dedicated to families with young children.
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Surfside notably will feature splash areas for babies and kids, pools and lounge spaces for parents, family-friendly eateries and shops, and a bar with "mommy and me" matching mocktails for kids and cocktails for grownups.
Icon of the Seas will also feature the largest water park ever built on a cruise ship, with a record six waterslides. No other vessel comes close when it comes to water attractions on a cruise ship.
Other notable new attractions will include the AquaDome — a massive, glass dome-covered area at the front of the ship. A true engineering marvel (the 363-ton glass dome had to be built separately next to the ship and winched into place), the AquaDome will be home to the AquaTheater — a venue found in a different location on Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships that hosts acrobatic and diving shows in a high-tech stage/pool.
The AquaTheater will be the marquee attraction within the AquaDome, which will also offer dining and drinking venues, as well as cozy seating areas for daytime and evening hangouts. One such spot, the Overlook, is an elevated lounge featuring special nooks (Overlook Pods) and wraparound windows providing fantastic ocean views and easy viewing of the aqua shows.
In addition, Icon of the Seas will have a record-for-a-ship seven pools, four of which will be at a main pool area called Chill Island. The latter area will be home to the line's first swim-up bar on a ship, Swim and Tonic.
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Ten new food outlets on the ship will include Surfside Eatery, a family-friendly buffet in the Surfside neighborhood, and Empire Supper Club, an upscale venue designed to evoke the atmosphere of New York City in the 1930s. The latter will serve an extravagant eight-course meal (think: caviar and wagyu), with each dish paired with a cocktail created by celebrity mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.
Among lodging options, Icon of the Seas will boast 14 new cabin and suite types plus 14 categories of rooms that already exist on earlier Royal Caribbean ships. That's a whopping 28 types of accommodation in all.
Many of these cabin categories are family-friendly rooms that sleep four guests; some can accommodate six or eight guests. In total, 313 cabins and suites are listed specifically as family-focused accommodations, though many regular room types can sleep more than two people.
Note that Icon of the Seas is just the first of three sister ships Royal Caribbean has on order for delivery by 2026, all of similar dimensions. Together, they will make up what is known as the Icon Class.
Icon of the Seas will operate seven-night voyages to the Caribbean out of Miami. Fares start at $1,577 per person, not including taxes and fees.
Like Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises is going bigger with its next new ship — a lot bigger.
Under development for more than six years and the first of an all-new series of vessels for the line, the 4,000-passenger Sun Princess is about 21% bigger than the biggest ships currently in the Princess fleet. And yet, while it's 21% bigger, it's designed to hold just 17% more passengers.
In other words, its space-to-passenger ratio will be greater, making the ship feel roomier — if only modestly.
Sun Princess will also be the first Princess ship with suites that come with exclusive access to a private restaurant, lounge and sun deck — a sign Princess is finally getting serious about pampering its best customers.
In addition, Sun Princess will boast an innovative new type of "cabana cabin" along the ship's extra-wide 10th deck, which will come with access to a private deck area (sort of a riff on the Havana-class cabins found on a handful of Carnival Cruise Line ships). Plus, the top deck of the ship is getting some unusual-for-Princess sizzle with the addition of a glass-dome-topped pool area that will transform into a nightspot after the sun goes down.
Related: A sneak peek inside Sun Princess under construction
Other notable differences between Sun Princess and earlier Princess ships include the lack of a buffet restaurant on its main pool deck. Don't worry, buffet lovers: There will still be a buffet-like venue on the ship. It will be eight decks below the pool deck, closer to the ship's central piazza and just off the ship's outside promenade.
The ship's main theater, to be called the Princess Arena, will also have a new look. Its new-for-Princess in-the-round shape can be converted into a more traditional proscenium-type theater or a keyhole-type theater to allow for different types of productions.
The ship's three-deck-high piazza, called the Sun Princess Piazza, is getting an upgrade, too, with a new circular shape, a stage that pops up from the center of the floor for performances and a giant, three-deck-high moveable LED screen that will play a role in evening productions in the space.
Among other standout venues, Sun Princess will feature a secret hideaway for magical performances designed in partnership with the Magic Castle performance venue in Los Angeles. Kids should love the new-for-Princess fun zone called Park19, featuring a ropes course and what's being billed as the first roll glider at sea, an electric ride that goes up to 11 mph.
Sun Princess initially will sail in Europe through the fall before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for voyages to the Caribbean. Fares start at $467 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a five-night Caribbean sailing.
Maiden voyage: May 10
It's been a long time coming, but storied cruise line Cunard is finally launching a new ship. Built to an all-new design for the 183-year-old brand, the 3,000-passenger Queen Anne will be Cunard's first new vessel in 14 years — an unusually long period for any line to go without a new ship.
Queen Anne, notably, will embrace the latest trends of travel and cruising in a way that Cunard ships haven't done before, including a new focus on choice in dining and entertainment, wellness and onboard celebrations.
The ship will offer 15 different places to grab a bite, more than double the number on the line's other ships. The options will include Aji Wa, a new restaurant concept for Cunard that will serve Japanese cuisine influenced by the seasons of the year. Also new for Cunard will be Aranya, an Indian eatery; Sir Samuel's, a high-end steakhouse; and Tramonto, which will serve Mediterranean dishes.
Wellness-focused areas will include a new-for-the-line, glass-enclosed Wellness Studio at the top of the ship that will offer classes in yoga, pilates, Zumba and line dancing during the day and ballroom dancing classes at sunset.
A new juice bar and a cafe near the main pool will serve healthy dishes, and the ship's spa is being built as a temple to wellness. It'll offer a sprawling thermal pool complex that includes eight heated loungers, four experiential showers, a reflexology footpath with textured stones flowing with hot water, a cold room (a first for Cunard), a large steam room, a Himalayan salt sauna and a traditional sauna. A relaxation room and wellness suite will round out the offerings.
Related: A sneak peek inside Queen Anne under construction
On the celebrations front, Queen Anne will have a lounge specifically designed for weddings that spills into an indoor reception room and, just beyond, a new-for-the-line private rooftop terrace space for wedding and vow renewal receptions.
Other notable features of the ship will include an expanded Commodore Club observation lounge and a main pool area (The Pavilion) topped with a retractable glass roof designed to be as much a showpiece as a functional structure.
Not everything about Queen Anne will be different from previous Cunard ships. A lot will be familiar. As is always the case for Cunard vessels, Queen Anne will have a soaring Grand Lobby with a cascading staircase where you can take selfies in your formal night splendor. That staple of all Cunard ships, the ballroom known as the Queens Room, is also making a comeback.
Queen Anne initially will sail in Europe before setting off on an around-the-world cruise in January 2025. Fares start at $449 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a quick two-night cruise from Hamburg, Germany, to Southampton, England. Seven-night sailings in Europe start at $849 per person, not including taxes and fees.
Maiden voyage: June 27
The newest ship for the luxury line Silversea Cruises is a sister to the brand's recently unveiled Silver Nova — a groundbreaking vessel that has been turning heads since it debuted in August.
Like Silver Nova, Silver Ray will be bigger than Silversea's previous ships and feature an unusual, asymmetrical design for its public decks that reorients its key features toward the sides of the ship instead of the center. Whether you're floating in the ship's main pool or dining at its open-air Marquee restaurant, you'll be looking out at the sea (or whatever destination the ship is visiting) like you've never been able to before.
Silver Ray's pool area, in particular, will be striking, as is the pool area on Silver Nova. The long and narrow pool won't be in the middle of the deck but offset to its starboard side, and it'll be oriented to face outward to the sea. Nearly all the lounge chairs around the pool will face in the same direction toward the sea, too.
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As we wrote about in our recent first look at Silver Nova , part of what makes this new outward-facing orientation for these ships so magical is that they don't have any structures rising from the starboard sides of their pool decks. Passengers floating in the pools on these ships or lounging on nearby lounge chairs get an unobstructed view of the sea off the starboard side.
Silver Ray's asymmetrical design will also be evident at two food and beverage venues at the top of the vessel — both new-for-Silversea concepts that first debuted in August on Silver Nova.
The first, Marquee, will be an alfresco dining venue that is also off-center, with an orientation that offers commanding views of the sea from the ship's port side. It'll be home to The Grill, Silversea's signature outdoor "hot rocks" dining venue, and also double as the ship's Spaccanapoli pizza outlet. The second venue, The Dusk Bar, will be an open-air sky bar at the back of the vessel that, like Marquee, is positioned on the port side of the ship.
Additional dining venues on board will include versions of Silversea's main signature restaurant La Terrazza, French eatery La Dame, seafood eatery Atlantide and sushi outlet Kaiseki.
In addition to asymmetry in many areas, one thing that will be particularly noticeable about Silver Ray is its spaciousness — something it will share with Silver Nova. At 54,700 tons, the two ships are about 34% bigger than Silversea's last three new vessels — Silver Muse, Silver Moon and Silver Dawn — but they are designed to hold only about 22% more passengers. That gives them significantly more space per passenger.
With every berth filled, Silver Ray will sail with 728 passengers — the same as Silver Nova and just 132 more than the three earlier Silversea vessels.
The extra space on the two vessels has allowed Silversea to expand its lineup of cabin categories, with more large suites. As is always the case with Silversea ships, every cabin on the ship will be a suite. But Silver Ray and Silver Nova offer new premium aft suites, including a massive 1,324-square-foot complex called the Otium Suite.
Even the smallest cabins on Silver Ray will measure at least 357 square feet, which is unusually large for a cruise ship cabin.
Silver Ray will initially sail in Europe before repositioning to North America in December 2024 for winter sailings to South America and the Caribbean. Fares start at $4,600 per person, including transfers, for a nine-night South America sailing out of Panama City.
Utopia of the Seas
Maiden voyage: July 22
Royal Caribbean's second new ship of the year will be a giant, too, though not quite as big as Icon of the Seas. The sixth and final vessel in the line's groundbreaking Oasis Class of ships , Utopia of the Seas is expected to carry up to around 6,700 passengers and measure around 237,000 tons, which would place it just behind Icon of the Seas as the world's second-biggest cruise ship.
Like the five earlier Oasis Class ships (the newest of which, Wonder of the Seas , is the current size leader in the cruise world), Utopia of the Seas will be loaded with lots of family-focused attractions , including multiple main pool areas, a kiddie splash zone, surfing simulators, a miniature golf course, a basketball court and even a zip line. And that's just on its top deck.
Inside the vessel, you'll find more lounges, bars, restaurants and shops than you can imagine, plus a huge casino, spas and theaters with Broadway-style shows.
As with earlier Royal Caribbean ships, it'll even have an indoor ice-skating rink.
In design and features, Utopia of the Seas will be nearly identical to Royal Caribbean's last new Oasis Class ship, Wonder of the Seas, which debuted in 2022. Like that vessel, it'll have a dedicated suite area with a private lounge, restaurant and sun deck — something not found on the four earlier Oasis Class ships.
Utopia of the Seas will be based in Port Canaveral, Florida, for short three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas. Fares start at $431 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a three-night sailing.
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The world's newest cruise line, three-month-old Explora Journeys, is doubling in size in 2024 with the addition of Explora 2.
Designed for 922 passengers, the high-end vessel will be an almost identical sister to Explora 1, the line's first ship, which debuted in August. It will similarly target the luxury market.
Like Explora 1, the new ship will offer oceanfront suites, penthouses and residences designed to be "homes at sea," and it'll be packed with upscale amenities. They will include 10 distinct culinary experiences, 10 indoor and outdoor bars and lounges, four swimming pools, outdoor deck areas with private cabanas, wellness facilities and entertainment.
A creation of the deep-pocketed MSC Group, which already owns MSC Cruises, Explora Journeys plans to launch at least six of the superluxurious vessels by 2028, with the first four being roughly the same size and the last two being even bigger .
In just a few years, that'll give Explora Journeys a bigger capacity than such well-known luxury cruise operators as Seabourn and the recently relaunched Crystal .
Explora Journeys is competing in the same upscale cruise space as Seabourn and Crystal, as well as luxury lines like Viking, Silversea and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. It's run completely separately from its sister brand, MSC Cruises, which caters to a mass-market audience.
Explora 2 will initially sail in the Mediterranean before repositioning to North America for the winter. Fares start at $4,275 per person, not including taxes and fees, for a seven-night Caribbean sailing.
Maiden voyage: Dec. 19
Fast-growing Viking will continue its expansion into ocean cruising in 2024 with its 11th new seagoing vessel since 2015.
Like Viking's first 10 ocean ships (one of which has been transferred to a joint venture with a Chinese company), Vela will be a relatively small, elegant vessel designed to appeal to an older crowd looking to explore the world in style and comfort.
Slightly bigger than its sister ships, Viking Vela will hold 998 passengers at double occupancy — 68 more than its siblings. But it'll still be less than a third the size of the giant ships operated by such well-known cruise brands as Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Like Viking's other ocean ships, it'll sail itineraries that feature more time in ports than is common at many other lines. Like the earlier Viking ships, it'll also be adults-only, with no passengers under the age of 18 allowed.
While slightly bigger than earlier Viking ocean ships, Viking Vela's interior will have an almost identical look. Like Viking's 10 earlier ocean vessels, Vela will boast modern, Scandinavian-influenced decor that's soothing and upscale. Onboard activities will revolve around enrichment programs and classy entertainment, and there will be elegant meals in multiple restaurants. Cabins will be relatively spacious, with the smallest of five cabin categories having 270 square feet of space. Every cabin will have a balcony.
As is typical for Viking, the fare will include a shore excursion at every port that Vela visits. Also included will be Wi-Fi, and wine and beer with lunch and dinner — all part of Viking's "no-nickel-and-diming" philosophy.
Maiden voyage: Dec. 21
Disney Cruise Line is shifting into growth mode again with the unveiling of Disney Treasure , its second new ship in two years (after a 10-year period where Disney didn't unveil a single vessel). Due at the end of 2024, it's coming out in relatively quick succession to Disney Wish, a similarly designed ship that arrived in 2022.
Like Disney Wish, Disney Treasure is part of Disney's new Triton Class of vessels, and it'll share many of the same features and layout as its older sister. But it will be far from an exact copy. Disney has announced quite a few major changes for Disney Treasure, including the addition of an all-new Mexican restaurant called Plaza de Coco that is themed around the events of the "Coco" movie. It replaces the "Frozen-" themed eatery on Disney Wish.
Also, a new Haunted Mansion-themed bar will replace the "Star Wars-" themed Hyperspace Lounge on Disney Wish.
Other new venues include Jumbeaux's Sweets, an ice cream parlor and candy shop inspired by Jumbeaux's Cafe in the movie "Zootopia," and Skipper Society, a new bar inspired by Disney's Jungle Cruise ride and its wisecracking skippers. At the latter, which will be where The Bayou is on Disney Wish, passengers will find a menu of themed cocktails and light snacks, such as waffles.
Yet another new drinks venue is Periscope Pub, inspired by Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (and Disney's 1954 movie version of the book and theme park attraction). It will replace Wish's Keg & Compass as Disney Treasure's sports bar. The bar is designed to look like the Nautilus submarine from the story, complete with a giant periscope, porthole windows and a ceiling designed to look like you're underwater.
Disney is also launching a new Broadway-style musical on Disney Treasure, "Disney The Tale of Moana." The show will feature popular songs and characters from the animated movie and marks the first time Disney has brought the story of Moana to the stage.
The ship's two other main shows, "Beauty and the Beast" and "Disney Seas the Adventure," are repeats from earlier Disney ships.
Like Disney Wish, Disney Treasure's big top-deck attraction will be AquaMouse, a water ride that swirls around the top of the vessel.
The ship will hold 2,500 passengers at double occupancy (two passengers per cabin) and up to 4,000 passengers with every berth filled.
Disney Treasure will sail seven-night voyages to the Caribbean and the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral. Fares start at $1,862 per person, not including taxes and fees.
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Other new ships
In addition to the above, newcomers for 2024 include several small oceangoing cruise vessels from such small-ship cruise operators as The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and American Cruise Lines , as well as small river ships from river lines AmaWaterways , Avalon Waterways and Viking .
Among the most notable of these smaller vessels is the 60-passenger AmaMagdalena, which is being billed as the first major river ship designed to sail on the Magdalena River in Colombia. Avalon's new entry for 2024, the 102-passenger Avalon Alegria, will be that line's first vessel on the Douro River in Portugal.
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