EUROPE - International premium cruise line Princess Cruises is all set to launch its newest ship, Sky Princess, for its maiden seven-day Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise from Athens to Barcelona on Oct 20, 2019, before debuting in North America for a subsequent season of Caribbean cruises.
As of today’s time of post, Sky Princess is back in the shipyard for further interior and exterior finishing following six days of trials at sea testing propulsion, steering and navigational equipment.
Compared to sister ship Regal Princess, which accommodates 3,560 guests, Sky Princess will feature more staterooms to accommodate 3,660 guests, plus two new entertainment experiences – Phantom Bridge, the world’s first immersive escape room combining digital and physical elements; and Take 5, the only jazz theatre at sea.
Sky Princess is also part of Princess Cruises’ US$450 million “Come Back New Promise” project, with new innovative products such as partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone, shows designed by Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz, and immersive shore excursions recommended by Discovery and Animal Planet – exclusive to Princess Cruises passengers only.
Guests onboard Sky Princess will also be privy to the complimentary OceanMedallion. The size of a quarter coin, the smart device assists in ship wayfinding to automatically opening the stateroom door as guests approach. Plus, the OceanMedallion can be worn in a clip, bracelet, pendant or sports band, making it a great companion for an effortless vacation.
Operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, Princess Cruises carries about two million guests annually to 380 destinations worldwide, including Alaska, Europe, Mexican Riviera, the ANZ region, Hawaii, Antarctica and Asia. Passengers pick from 170 itineraries that range from a short three days to a 111-day vacation.
Following Sky Princess’s delivery in October this year, another ship, Enchanted Princess is scheduled next for a June 2020 launch. As part of aggressive expansion plans, the Princess Cruises fleet will see three more ships arriving in 2021, 2023 and 2025.