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Sun Princess unveiled as Princess Cruises’ next ship

Princess Cruises has unveiled its bespoke, next-generation ship Sun Princess, which will be the line’s largest vessel when completed.

ACCOMMODATING more than 4,000 guests, Sun will feature stunning views, expansive entertainment venues, next-level stateroom accommodations, and multi-level dining rooms.

Sun will sail an inaugural northern spring/summer season of Mediterranean cruises followed by Western and Eastern Caribbean voyages out of Port Everglades in the northern autumn of 2024; the ship’s first three voyages are on sale now.

The ship is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard, and scheduled to debut in early 2024.

Princess’ iconic Piazza forms the centre of the new class’s eponymous Sphere.

One of the highlights of Sun will be her epic, geodesic “Sphere” atrium, which also lends its name to the new build class she will pioneer.

President John Padgett described the Sphere as “a show-stopping, first-of-its-kind dome on the top deck, and suspended glass Piazza in the centre”.

The Sphere will offer “innovative designs showcasing expansive ocean views for incredible opportunities to connect with the sea,” he added.

The feature reflects Sun’s overall interior design, which “embraces the outside and celebrates the romance of the sea”, offering outward views all day long.

With brighter and lighter decor and finishes, Sun delivers more memorable vantage points to take in the destinations and ocean vistas apparent on her journeys.

The Dome on Deck 21 transforms into an entertainment space at night.

Also launching exclusively on Sun will be a new level of suite accommodations, the Signature Collection.

In addition to premium stateroom amenities, Signature suites include access to the Signature Restaurant, and Signature Lounge, as well as the Signature Sun Deck, a private area of Princess’ ‘The Sanctuary’ private getaway.

Club Class accommodations onboard Sun, and all Princess ships, will now be called ‘Reserve Collection’.

A second, next-generation Sphere class ship is also on order, slated to be delivered by Fincantieri in the northern spring of 2025.

The ship’s design aesthetics are inspired by Princess’ ‘Seawitch’ icon, popularised in the original The Love Boat television series, and returns the venerable “Sun Princess” name back into operation – the third of the line’s vessels to sail with the revered name.

Despite her larger scale, Sun Princess is still narrow enough to fit through the Panama Canal, allowing for global deployment which Padgett said was in line with the company’s philosophy of being able to cruise wherever its customers desired.

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