May 22, 2024

Princess Cruises names new ship

Princess Cruises named their latest ship Star Princess on May 12 at an event hosted by television presenter Anna Richardson in Southampton, England.

Star Princess is a Sphere Class ship and is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. Her inaugural sailing is scheduled for August 2025. She will be the sister ship of Sun Princess and powered by Liquid Natural Gas (LNG).

Larger ships

The two new ships will be 20% larger than any others in Princess Cruises’ current fleet. Weighing in at 175,500 tonnes they will each be capable of each carrying up to 4,300 guests.

John Padgett, President of Princess Cruises (Photo © Geoff Moore).
John Padgett, President of Princess Cruises (Photo © Geoff Moore).

“There’s much to be admired about Star Princess – her sleek, eye-catching design, spacious interiors and, of course, the remarkable views of the sea and sky, just like the features found on Sun Princess that have prompted cruise lovers to snap up inaugural year bookings,” said John Padgett, President of Princess Cruises.

“We’ve carefully designed these ships to feel familiar to our guests yet significantly advanced with lots of exceptional new and expanded experiences to embrace and explore,” added Padgett.

Sphere Class

The Sphere Class ships feature more than 1,500 balconies plus 29 restaurants and bars across 21 decks. Their design centres on a glass sphere that infuses the Piazza with light and connects guests with dynamic views of the world. Another standout venue is The Dome, a cutting-edge top-deck entertainment space inspired by the tiered cliffs of Santorini.

The ships will also host a configurable, technologically-advanced main theatre, the Princess Arena, that allows Princess Cruises to produce a variety of innovative entertainment concepts, including shows by Cirque Éloize.

The ships will also feature a two-storey Lotus Spa.