Princess Cruises has released details of its newest ‘Sphere’ class ship, Sun Princess. As the brand’s largest-ever ship, Sun Princess will accommodate 4,300 guests and boasts stunning views, innovative entertainment venues, multi-storey dining rooms and next level stateroom accommodations.
Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard and scheduled to debut in February 2024, the 175,500-tonne vessel is the largest Princess ship ever constructed and embraces Italian heritage by featuring the iconic Piazza and new feature ‘The Dome’, a cutting-edge entertainment space.
Sun Princess will sail an inaugural spring/summer season of Mediterranean cruises from February 2024. This will include 10-night itineraries visiting popular stops throughout the Western and Eastern Mediterranean and a series of seven-night voyages departing from either Barcelona, Rome (Civitavecchia) or Athens, which can be combined for 14-night or 21-night voyages. A transatlantic will depart from Southampton in September 2024 taking Sun Princess to Port Everglades, Florida where she will commence a season of Western and Eastern Caribbean voyages.
Innovative Guest Experience
Infused with light, the ship connects guests with dynamic views of the world and innovative experiences, with more than 29 dining and bar options. The line’s Piazza spans three storeys, forming an architectural feature offering guests an outward looking suspended space with comfortable seating and areas to enjoy the ocean views in every direction.
An impressive LED screen is also showcased in the centre of the Piazza that can be moved and configured to deliver live entertainment programming.
Adjacent to the Piazza atrium will be a new coffee shop, Coffee Currents, along with Princess favourites like Crooners Bar, Bellini’s Cocktail Bar, and Alfredo’s Pizzeria.
Sun Princess will be the first Princess ship to feature a glass-enclosed geodesic dome. During the day, The Dome features an indoor/outdoor pool, and a unique water feature in a comfortable and relaxed space.
At night, the pool becomes a stage, and The Dome completely transforms into an entertainment venue with a South Beach vibe, state-of-the-art lighting effects and the ability to deliver stunning aerial performances.
The ships overall interior design embraces the outside and celebrates the romance of the sea, offering outward views from morning to night.
With brighter and lighter décor and finishes, Sun Princess delivers more memorable vantage points to take in the stunning destinations and ocean vistas that guests want to experience on a Princess cruise.
Newly Appointed Suites and Staterooms
With 2,157 total staterooms, including 50 suites and 100 connecting rooms, the 21-deck Sun Princess features more outdoor balcony space.
All balcony accommodations feature an in-room sofa and are categorised as either a Premium Deluxe Balcony, a Deluxe Balcony or a Cove Balcony.
All inside staterooms feature a ‘love seat’. A significant new feature for a Princess ship: solo travellers can be accommodated in that there are currently 4 inside single cabins available on Deck 10. These are slightly smaller than the standard insid
Club Class accommodations onboard Sun Princess, and all other 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, an extra-large outdoor lounge space.
These premium accommodations also include access to the Reserve Collection Restaurant.
Also launching exclusively on Sun Princess will be a new level of suite accommodations, the Signature Collection.
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. The Signature Lounge is a two level lounge for the exclusive use of guests staying in suites, located aft of deck 15 and deck 16 with stunning views of the aft of ship.
In addition to the ship’s stunning design are the sustainable elements being engineered in the vessel. Sun Princess is part of Carnival Corporation’s green cruising focus and is one of 11 new ships in the corporate fleet powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) technology.
With a capacity of 4,000m3, Sun Princess is expected to be able to run on LNG for almost 9 days sailing at service speed. The secondary fuel is marine gas-oil so no heavy or intermediate fuel oil will be carried on board.
The vessel will be outfitted with two shore power connections, on both the port and starboard side of the vessel to enable the ship to turn off the engines and connect to local electric power to run all onboard services during day-long calls in various ports.
To supply sustainable power and better manoeuvrability to save fuel, Sun Princess will be outfitted with two Azipod propulsions for forward and backward movements and the four largest Controllable Pitch Propellers, known as bow thrusters, for sideways navigation,
Guests on board the Sun Princess will also be able to access the innovative, personalised Princess Medallion service.
The inaugural season for Sun Princess begins in February 2024 with Mediterranean itineraries. Fares start from £1,789pp for a 10-night Grand Mediterranean voyage, departing 28 February 2024.
This is 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.
More details about Sun Princess, including additional dining details, entertainment and onboard features, will be unveiled over the coming months.
A second, next-generation Sphere-class ship is also on order, slated to be delivered by Fincantieri in spring 2025.
Check out this video on what we know so far about the venues and staterooms on Sun Princess:
We are booked on the inaugural 10 day Grand Mediterranean cruise due to depart from Barcelona on 8th February 2024 – will you be joining us?