Princess Cruises floats out latest vessel

Princess Cruises floats out latest vessel

The 4,300-guest Sun Princess will offer inaugural cruises in the Mediterranean in 2024 

Princess Cruises has celebrated a construction milestone with the float out of the cruise line’s next-generation ship Sun Princess at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

Princess Cruises Hotel general manager Simona Stumberger was selected to serve as an ambassador for Princess, because "she epitomises professionalism and always delivers service with a smile".

A native of Slovenia where Stumberger studied hospitality management, she began her career at sea in the bar department and further diversified her hotel experience by working in guest services and alongside the hotel and food and beverage divisions. Stumberger has been with Princess Cruises for nearly five years.


Princess Cruises president John Padgett said: “Simona is the ideal candidate to serve as Madrina of our newest ship, Sun Princess, because she embodies all the best qualities that our company has to offer – an unwavering commitment to service, hospitality and friendliness. Sun Princess will usher in an exciting new era for our company and the industry, and we can’t think of a better person to serve in this important role.”

The float out completes the first comprehensive phase of construction for Sun Princess, which now transitions to focus on building the ship's interiors. 

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Princess also announced that it has appointed Gennaro Arma as captain, overseeing the ship's final stages of construction, working closely with the brand's naval architects, engineers and shipbuilding experts, as well as the shipyard management team.

Built with energy efficiency in mind, the 4,300-guest Sun Princess will offer an array of restaurants and entertainment, as well as luxurious staterooms and suites across a broad spectrum of categories.  

Inaugural 2024 Sun Princess cruises to the Mediterranean and Europe are currently on sale now. 

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