New ship Sun Princess completes maiden cruise

New ship Sun Princess completes maiden cruise

Princess Cruises' largest-ever vessel made inaugural sailing after twice being delayed

New Princess Cruises ship Sun Princess has completed its twice-delayed maiden voyage in the Mediterranean this March.

The line’s largest ship, the first to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), finally entered service on 28 February, sailing from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, on a 10-day itinerary to Naples, Crete, Kusadasi, Athens, Sicily, Majorca and Barcelona before returning to Civitaavecchia.

The 4,300-passenger vessel’s original inaugural sailing from Barcelona – scheduled for 8 February 2024, and then rescheduled for 18 February – was cancelled following a mutual agreement with Italian ship builder Fincantieri.

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Features on Princess Cruises' latest ship include a glass-enclosed geodesic dome, an outward and suspended Sphere Atrium, 30 restaurants and bars, family activity zone Park19, more than 1,500 cabins with balconies and cabana mini-suites with extra space.

The ship’s maiden season includes a range of seven-to-12-night cruises in the Med before making a nine-night sailing from Barcelona to Southampton on 14 September before the ship repositions to Fort Lauderdale in Florida to commence its first winter Caribbean season. 

Princess Cruises president John Padgett said: “This is an historic day as our new Sun Princess sets sail on her inaugural voyage, and our guests get to experience our sensational, next-level, ‘Love Boat’ first hand. The ship is a magnificent showcase of advanced design, technology and craftsmanship, with elevated spaces and experiences all focused on taking the Princess vacation experience to a new level.”

A second Sphere class ship, Star Princess, is due to join the fleet in August 2025.


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