Sun Princess launches after series of delays

Princess' new ship, which rings in a new class of vessels for the cruise line, is "solar-iously" good.

PRINCESS Cruises’ Sun Princess has just set sail on her maiden voyage, a 10-day Grand Mediterranean cruise from Rome and through Naples, Crete, Kusadasi, Athens, Sicily, Mallocra, and Barcelona.

The ship has a 4,300-guest capacity, and features a range of innovative new experiences, including a geodesic, glass-encompassed enclosure, inspired by the terraces of Santorini.

There’s also the suspended Sphere Atrium, where guests can admire ocean views and relax in indoor and outdoor living, and the Princess Arena, which the cruise line described as “the most technologically advanced theatre at sea”, and will host a range of original productions, such as the acrobatic Cirque Eloize performances.

“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 firsthand,” President John Padgett said.

“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.”

Meanwhile, the Piazza features a retractable stage and immersive Champagne waterfall, while other features include ‘Park 19’, the family activity zone from the top deck, the casino, the two-storey Lotus Spa, and an expanded retail offering with more than 200 premium brands.

A range of wonderful food and beverage options are also on offer, including the new three-storey Horizons Dining Room, high-end boutique restaurant Love by Britto, a new pop-up restaurant from world-famous butcher Dario Cecchini, and more.

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