Specifications of Sun Princess
|Year built||2024 new ship|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Building cost||EUR 950 million (USD 1 billion)|
|Gross Tonnage||175000 gt|
|Operator||Princess Cruise Lines Ltd (USA)|
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The 2024-built Sun Princess cruise ship is the first of two SPHERE class vessels currently under construction at Fincantieri's yard in Monfalcone Italy. Princess' SPHERE class represents the fleet's first dual-fuel (MDO and LNG) powered ships. The sistership (TBN Princess) is currently scheduled for delivery in 2025-Q1.
Note: This is the third cruise ship named "Sun Princess", following Sun Princess (1974-88/1970-ordered as "Seaward" for NCL-Norwegian/1972-built as "Spirit of London"/1974-acquired by P&O Princess/2016-scrapped as "Ocean Dream"/IMO 7211517) and Sun Princess (1995-2020/now "Pacific World" for Peace Boat).
History - construction and ownership
Princess Cruises is a USA-based passenger shipping company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (1977-founded), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - the world's largest cruise shipowner. Among Princess Cruise Lines Ltd's assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 mi) from Nassau.
In July 2018 were ordered 2 new-class (larger than Royal-Class) liners with GT-tonnage/volume 175,000 tonnes and passenger capacity 4300. These are the fleet's first dual-fuel (MGO and LNG/primarily) powered ships. The shipbuilding contract with Fincantieri (Monfalcone Shipyard) was signed on March 27, 2019, with scheduled deliveries in 2023 and 2025. Both contracts were signed by Jan Swartz (Princess' President) and Giuseppe Bono (Fincantieri's CEO). Princess Cruises in 2018 had 5 new ships on order with Fincantieri. The 2024-2025 SPHERE liners are Carnival Corporation's 10th and 11th LNG-powered ships.
The vessel's construction (Monfalcone yard/hull number 6310) officially started with the steel-cutting ceremony on September 3, 2021, held at Fincantieri's Centro Servizi Navali (steel factory in San Giorgio di Nogaro, to the west of Monfalcone). By GT-tonnage (175K) Princess SPHERE is the largest Italy-built vessel so far.
Decks and Cabins
Sun Princess staterooms (2157 total) include 50x Suites and 100 interconnecting cabins (for families). All balcony cabins (~1500) are with triple/quad occupancy, being fitted with sofabeds.
Exclusive for the SPHERE ships, Sun Princess has new type of Suites (Signature Collection Suite) which passengers enjoy premium amenities and perks like exclusive facilities access - Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge & Bar, and Signature Sundeck (part of The Sanctuary).
Club Class staterooms (called on the SPHERE ships "Reserve Collection Staterooms") are Mini-Suites, among which are the resort-style "Reserve Collection Cabana" cabins featuring a balcony-cabana combo (veranda accessed via a large outdoor patio lounge). Reserve Collection passengers enjoy exclusive dining at Reserve Collection Restaurant.
The boat has 21 decks.
Shipboard facilities and amenities
Details on the new Princess SPHERE class were revealed in September 2022. The new ship platform features iconic design elements, including The Dome (a unique entertainment space on top-deck covered by a glass roof) and a suspended glass (in the Piazza Atrium/midship) projecting live sea views as well as recorded UHD media.
The 4300-passenger ship Sun Princess also has new for the fleet entertainment venues, 3-deck MDR restaurants (Main Dining Rooms) and new-design staterooms.
The 3-deck-high Piazza Atrium is an iconic architectural element. The outward-looking midship space is suspended and with comfortable seating for enjoying the 360-degree outside views. The huge LED screen in the middle is movable to allow live entertainment. From The Piazza are accessed Coffee Currents (new for Princess coffee shop), Bellini's Cocktail Bar, Crooners Bar, Alfredo's Pizzeria.
The Dome is a multi-deck covered space and the first true glass-enclosed space on a cruise liner. During the day, The Dome serves as pool deck (having a large indoor/outdoor swimming pool). At night, the swimming pool is covered to become a stage as The Dome transforms into an entertainment venue with superior sound and lighting effects and live aerial performances.
As SPHERE Princess ships' coordinating architecture company the shipbuilder Fincantieri contracted TDoS/Tillberg Design of Sweden (1964-founded company specializing in cruise ship design as well as hospitality projects). TDoS was contracted to provide an architecture based on light interiors and transparency. Curiously, the ever-first Atrium (midship-positioned open-floor designed area) on cruise ship (1969-built Sea Venture) was designed by Robert Tillberg.
Sun Princess itinerary program starts with an inaugural Mediterranean season (2024-Q2/spring and summer) ending with a westbound Transatlantic crossing from Europe to the USA (RepositionCruises.com) for a Caribbean deployment based on homeporting in Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades (Florida USA). The 7-day Western and Eastern itineraries as call ports/destinations are to be revealed in the coming months.
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