Sky Princess will be the newest addition to the Princess Cruises fleet when she launches in October 2019. As the fourth Royal-class ship she will be based on the design of her sister ships – Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess – but with some additional new features.
The 3,560-passenger Sky Princess is under construction at Fincantieri Monfalcone and we are excited to be booked on the Sky Princess 7-day Inaugural voyage from Athens to Barcelona on 20th October 2019.
Here are our top 7 things we can’t wait to see:
1) New Pools
The main pool deck will have two deep-tank pools linked by sunken, communal seating, adjacent to the fountains and top-deck bar. Sky Princess also features more hot tubs than on the other Royal-class ships.
We also see the return of the aft pool on the Lido deck (popular on Grand class Princess ships) with a fabulous new infinity-style Wakeview pool and bar.
The adults-only Retreat Pool on the Sun deck has also been re-designed with the Sanctuary and jacuzzis moved up one deck. This means the Retreat area is now less exposed to the elements.
2) New Staterooms
Sky Princess will feature a new suite category called a Sky Suite. Centrally located on the Sky deck, the starboard suite will measure 1,012 square feet and the port side suite 947 square feet. They will be surrounded by over 1,000-square feet of continuous balcony – the largest balconies ever offered by a cruise line.
Each suite has room for up to five guests and offers a 270-degree panorama including a private view of the Movies Under the Stars cinema screen.
The most premium stateroom in the Princess fleet, each Sky Suite will feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a dining area with skylight.
Passengers staying in a Sky Suite will have access to a pre-cruise, shoreside concierge and once onboard, they can enjoy Sanctuary services on their balcony, a private Suite Experience Manager, complimentary access to the Lotus Spa’s Enclave, enhanced ultimate balcony dining and a deluxe telescope for stargazing.
These suites are ideal for families, special occasions and hosted celebrations. Currently, the Sky Suite can only be booked by contacting Customer Services.
New to Royal-class, the Premium Oceanview offers an affordable stateroom with a stunning wall of floor-to-ceiling windows which will provide more natural light and openness.
There are 6 Premium Oceanview cabins available, located on the forward Sun deck.
3) Sanctuary Re-design
The Sanctuary on Sky Princess is an adults-only area for rest and relaxation and has been given a contemporary design makeover.
Now on the Sky deck, the Sanctuary has eight private cabanas – twice as many cabanas as her sister ships. Space in the Sanctuary can be reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Current Royal-class prices for a lounger are $20 for a half day/$40 for a full day, per person. Cabanas are available at $140 for a half day/$220 for a full day, per person.
4) New Jazz Venue – Take 5
Debuting first onboard Sky Princess, the Take Five Lounge is the spot for live jazz music. Passengers can unwind to the smooth sounds of a grand piano backed by a live jazz band in this intimate new lounge setting.
Musicians will perform jazz standards and explore new riffs, while passengers can enjoy a drink at the bar or a chat in the venue’s comfortable seating areas. Take Five takes over the space that is the Club 6 venue on Royal and Regal Princess and the VIP Gaming Room/Crooners Bar on Majestic Princess.
5) New Dining/Beverage Offerings
Sky Princess will feature La Mer, a casual French bistro-style specialty restaurant which first debuted on Majestic Princess. Chef Emmanuel Renaut has created a new menu, showcasing authentic French dishes crafted with the Chef’s signature flair.
Located in the ship’s atrium, La Mer will draw inspiration from both the flavours of the French Alps and the ocean. It will have a $35 per person cover charge. View Sample Menu
Salty Dog Grill
The Salty Dog Grill , popular on recently refurbished ships such as Caribbean Princess, will be introduced for the first time to Royal-class. As the new grill venue on the Lido Deck, it will offer 100% handmade Gourmet Burgers, Street Tacos, Classic Hot Dogs plus loaded fries including chilli cheese and bacon & cheese. All are complimentary except the Ernesto Burger. View Sample Menu
Also new to Royal-class ships, the complimentary Slice Pizzeria will offer an expanded pizza menu on the Lido deck. This will include Deep Dish Focaccia, California Artisanal Toast, Sliced Stromboli, a classic Italian calzone or traditional Neopolitan-style classics. View Sample Menu
The ship’s Vista Lounge will also be re-designed including a full bar offering and the Princess Live venue will feature a new café serving barista made coffee, tea and quick bites.
6) Thermal Spa
The Enclave on Sky Princess will be Princess’ largest-ever thermal suite. Passengers can experience a hydro-therapy pool with a cascading rain shower and therapeutic air jets and relax on heated stone beds or soothing water beds.
Features include: The Hammam – a Turkish-style steam bath, and from Roman times, the Caldarium –a light steam chamber infused with herbal aromas and the Laconium – a heated, dry chamber to help with purification and detoxification of the body.
Enclave passes are sold on a first-come first-served basis and usually for the length of the cruise at about $20 per person per day.
7) Ocean Medallion
Sky Princess will be the first ship built from the ground up with the Princess MedallionClass experience—which aims to give passengers a personalised and hassle-free cruise. The complimentary OceanMedallion™ is the size of a quarter and can be worn in a variety of ways: in a clip, sportsband, bracelet, or pendant. It replaces the traditional cruise card but offers much more. It can be used for:
- Opening your stateroom door
- Completing transactions in the casino, bars and onboard shops
- Ordering drinks from your own device to your location on the ship
- Easier navigation around the ship
- Helping you locate and chat with friends and family on the ship
- Interacting with ship portal screens and online games
- Getting a faster embarkation/disembarkation experience
We were on the first Ocean Medallion Preview Cruise on Regal Princess so it will be wonderful to immerse ourselves fully in the experience.
Plus, we get to enjoy MedallionNet again – this is the fastest wi-fi at sea (in our opinion) with amazing land-like connectivity. The current price for MedallonNet is $59.99 per device for a 7 night cruise or there is a 4 device package for $139.99. However, there are usually special offers if you pre-purchase before the cruise.
The Inaugural voyage can’t come soon enough!
Sky Princess has four Western Mediterrean cruises scheduled before she heads to Fort Lauderdale in November 2019. She will then spend her winter seasons alternating between seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. The ship moves to Northern Europe in April 2020 before returning to the US for a short New England season out of New York in September 2020.
A further sister ship, Enchanted Princess, will be launched in June 2020 and will include many of the above design features.