Princess Cruises has released details of its newest ‘Sphere’ class ship, Sun Princess, which is the fleet’s first dual-fuel (MDO and LNG) powered ship based on the ‘XL’ platform. As the brand’s largest-ever ship, Sun Princess will accommodate 4,300 guests and is scheduled to debut in February 2024.
What is new for Staterooms and Suites on Sun Princess?
Sun Princess is built on a new and bespoke ship platform and there are significant changes to the stateroom and suites offerings for guests. There are 2,157 staterooms in total, including 50 suites and 100 connecting rooms. Looking at the initial deck plans and Princess ship information, the main differences to ‘Royal’ class are:
- All Balcony staterooms now feature a double sofabed, which could mean more options for 3rd/4th person occupancy
- All bathrooms feature showers with glass doors – it looks like flapping curtains are no more!
- For all Inside, Oceanview and Balcony staterooms, the wardrobe space is now near the entrance door and moves away from the traditional walk-in closet
- New category of Inside for solo occupancy
- New category of Balcony with a cove balcony
- New category of Mini Suite with a private balcony and cabana – an additional lounging area with between the main cabin area and your balcony. This also comes with access to the Cabana Deck, an outdoor lounge space.
- Club Class renamed to Reserve Collection with it’s own restaurant
- Suite Class renamed to Signature Collection with it’s own restaurant, lounge/bar and sun deck
- New lower category of Suite – Signature Suite – which is the same size as a Mini Suite and with a shower only
Stateroom Categories on Sun Princess
The most affordable option, these staterooms feature two twin beds or a queen-size bed and the basic amenities you expect, from flat-panel 4K TV to in-room refrigerator. Inside staterooms also feature a ‘love seat’ or shorter sofa.
A significant new feature for a Princess ship: solo travellers can be accommodated in that there are currently 4 inside single staterooms available on Deck 10. These are slightly smaller than the standard inside.
Inside Stateroom Locations:
- Category IA/IB/IC/ID/IE/IF: Interior (Deck 5/6/9/10/11/12/14/15/16/17)
- Category IS: Interior Single (Deck 10)
Oceanview staterooms feature a picture window and all the amenities of an interior room with the added benefit of ocean views that bring an airy openness to the space. From the room layout below, it appears that Oceanview staterooms could now include a double sofabed.
Oceanview Stateroom Locations:
- Category O2/O3/O5: Premium Oceanview (Deck 5/6/10/11)
All Balcony Staterooms come with a double sofabed and a private balcony with well-appointed outdoor furniture. Premium Deluxe Balcony Staterooms will always have the larger balconies and cost more but look out for select Deluxe Balcony Staterooms on decks 10/11/12/14 Forward and decks 10/11/12/14/15/16 Midship if you are looking for more balcony space.
A new lower Balcony Category is the Cove Balcony – these are located on Deck 6 under the lifeboats as in the image below:
Balcony Stateroom Locations:
- Category D1/D2: Premium Deluxe Balcony (Deck 10/11/12/14/15/16/17)
- Category DA/DB/DC/DD/DE/DF: Deluxe Balcony (Deck 9/10/11/12/14/15/16/17)
- Category DG/DH: Cove Balcony (Deck 6)
Mini Suite Staterooms
A Mini Suite is substantially larger than a balcony stateroom and includes a separate seating area with sofa bed as well as two flat-panel TVs. A Mini Suite is perfect if you need a little extra space for your family or group and you will enjoy an extra perk of a complimentary glass of bubbly on embarkation day. Note that Mini Suite staterooms will only have a walk-in shower unlike on tub/shower combination on Royal class.
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. These premium accommodations include access to the Reserve Collection Restaurant.
Within the Mini Suite category are Cabana rooms, resort-style staterooms with an additional lounging area with floor-to-ceiling glass (and an external door) between the main cabin area and your balcony. This will enable you to relax inside or out in complete comfort to incredible views. These staterooms also have access to the Cabana Deck, an outdoor lounge space. There are also Cabana Mini Suite staterooms within the Reserve Collection.
Mini Suite Locations:
- Category M1/M2: Reserve Mini Suite (Deck 10/11/12/14/15/16/17)
- Category MA/MD: Mini Suite (Deck 10/11/12/14)
Cabana Mini Suite Locations:
- Category C1/C2: Reserve Cabana Mini Suite (Deck 9)
- Category CA/CB: Cabana Mini Suite (Deck 10/11/12)
Launching exclusively on Sun Princess will be a new level of Suite accommodations, the Signature Collection. 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.
In addition to premium stateroom amenities, Signature Collection suites include access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and Bar, 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.
There are four Sky Suites on Sun Princess, two more than on the last three Royal class ships and one is wheelchair-accessible. Note that they no longer have a large wrap-around balcony.
Unfortunately, there are no forward facing Premium Suites (our favourite on Royal class) or aft-facing Suites with large wrap-around balconies.
The lowest Signature Collection Suite is the Signature Suite which is approximately the size of a Mini Suite with a shower only but with all the other standard Suite amenities.
Signature Collection Locations:
- Category S0: Signature Sky Suite (Deck 16)
- Category S2: Signature Owner’s Suite (Deck 10/16)
- Category S4: Signature Penthouse Suite (Deck 15/16/17)
- Category S9: Signature Suite (Deck 11/15/16)
For guests with limited mobility, Princess offers a selection of staterooms that provide full wheelchair-turning space. These staterooms include a roll-in shower equipped with grab bars and a fold-down bench seat, an easy access closet and accessible writing desk.
Inside Stateroom Wheelchair-Accessible Locations:
- Category IA: Interior (Deck 10/14/15) x 3
- Category IB: Interior (Deck 5/6/16) x 8
Oceanview Stateroom Wheelchair-Accessible Locations:
- Category O3: Premium Oceanview (Deck 5) x 4
- Category O5: Premium Oceanview (Deck 11) x 2
Balcony Stateroom Wheelchair-Accessible Locations:
- Category DB: Deluxe Balcony (Deck 14) x 2
- Category DD: Deluxe Balcony (Deck 10/11/12/14) x 8
- Category DE: Deluxe Balcony (Deck 10/12) x 4
- Category DF: Deluxe Balcony (Deck 9/16) x 6
Mini Suite Wheelchair-Accessible Locations:
- Category M1: Reserve Mini Suite (Deck 12) x 2
- Category MA: Mini Suite (Deck 12) x 2
Cabana Mini Suite Wheelchair-Accessible Locations:
- Category C1: Reserve Cabana Mini Suite (Deck 9) x 2
- Category C2: Reserve Cabana Mini Suite (Deck 9) x 2
Signature Collection Wheelchair-Accessible Locations:
- Category S0: Signature Sky Suite (Deck 16) x 1
- Category S2: Signature Owner’s Suite (Deck 16) x 1
- Category S4: Signature Penthouse Suite (Deck 16) x 2
- Category S9: Signature Suite (Deck 11) x 2
The inaugural season for Sun Princess begins in February 2024 with Mediterranean itineraries and ends with a westbound Transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale for a Caribbean deployment based on homeporting in Port Everglades. The 7-day Western and Eastern Caribbean itineraries are to be revealed in the coming months.
A second, next-generation Sphere-class ship is also on order, due to be delivered by Fincantieri in spring 2025.
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?