Princess Cruises Largest Cruise Ships Sun Princess Sets Sail

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  • Sun Princess is a Sphere-class vessel and the largest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet.
  • The mega cruise ship embarked on its maiden voyage from Civitavecchia, Italy, on February 28, 2024.
  • The inaugural sailing is a ten-night Mediterranean cruise, visiting destinations such as Naples, Piraeus (Athens), Kusadasi, and Santorini.

In a significant milestone for Princess Cruises, the much-anticipated Sun Princess embarked on its inaugural sailing on February 28, 2024. Sun Princess’ maiden voyage marking a new era for the renowned cruise line.

The debut of the first Sphere-class vessel in the Princess fleet introduces innovative features and sustainable cruising options.

Sun Princess Maiden Voyage

The Sun Princess set sail from Civitavecchia, Italy, near the capital city of Rome, embarking on a ten-night maiden voyage. The sailing showcases the Mediterranean’s rich history, culture, and natural beauty with stops in Naples, Italy; Piraeus, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Santorini, Greece.

After completing its inaugural season in the Mediterranean, the Sun Princess will cross the Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to commence its maiden winter season in the Caribbean.

The launch of the Sun Princess represents a significant milestone for Princess Cruises, underscoring the brand’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and unparalleled guest experiences. As the first Sphere-class vessel, the Sun Princess sets a new standard for luxury cruising, offering guests an array of exclusive amenities and environmentally friendly travel options.

The path to the maiden voyage of the Sun Princess was not without its hurdles. Princess Cruises faced several challenges that led to the postponement of the ship’s debut, underscoring the complexities of launching a next-generation cruise liner.

Originally scheduled to embark on its first journey on February 8, 2024, the Sun Princess encountered unexpected delays that led to the cancellation of the Sun Princess inaugural cruise. The initial delay impacted passengers booked for the original departure from Barcelona. Princess Cruises offered affected passengers full refunds, future cruise credits, and compensation for air travel changes​​.

Following the initial postponement, the Sun Princess faced another setback. Shipyard delays led to the cancellation of a second sailing for Sun Princess. Princess Cruises emphasized the importance of these measures to meet their high standards for guest experience. The cruise line extended similar compensations as with the first cancellation.

Despite these early obstacles, the Sun Princess’s successful departure on February 28, 2024, marks a triumphant overcoming of its initial challenges. The delays underscored the cruise line’s commitment to safety and quality. As the Sun Princess embarks on its new journey, it represents a significant achievement for Princess Cruises and sets a new standard for luxury and sustainability in cruising.

The All New Sun Princess

Constructed by the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the Sun Princess is a marvel of modern engineering and environmental stewardship. As the largest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, the vessel boasts a tonnage of 175,500 and can accommodate up to 4,300 guests.

Sun Princess is the first in the Princess fleet to be powered by this cleaner-burning fuel, liquified natural gas (LNG). This initiative reflects a significant step towards reducing the environmental impact of cruising, offering a more sustainable travel option for eco-conscious passengers.

The Sun Princess introduces several new amenities and exclusive features for passengers.

Among the ship’s innovative offerings is the first geodesic dome aboard a cruise vessel, providing an unparalleled atmosphere of luxury and relaxation. The glass dome provides guests with sunning views of the ocean, and brings light into the ship’s interiors.

Guests aboard the Sun Princess can enjoy a variety of new dining venues catering to a wide range of culinary preferences and dietary needs. The ship’s design emphasizes spacious outdoor areas, improved sea views, and more intimate spaces, ensuring a comfortable and memorable voyage for all guests.

Marcello De Lio
Marcello De Lio

Marcello's been cruising since he was 12 years old. He loves the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. Marcello created High Seas Cruising to share his passion for cruising and travel with readers and grow a community of passionate voyagers.

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