Sky Princess to have Princess Cruises’ largest balconies

On the Sky Princess, the Sky Suites will be centrally located on the top decks and feature the largest private balconies ever offered by Princess Cruises.
On the Sky Princess, the Sky Suites will be centrally located on the top decks and feature the largest private balconies ever offered by Princess Cruises.

Princess Cruises unveiled renderings of areas of the Sky Princess, a ship due in October 2019, including suites with the largest balconies ever offered on Princess.

The 700 square foot verandas will give suite guests a private vantage of the ship’s Movie Under the Stars screen. Two of the suites will have 270-degree panoramic views and have a sleeping capacity for five guests.

The 143,000-gross-ton ship will be the fourth in the line’s Royal class, accommodating 3,560 guests. It will have double the number of private cabanas as on its sister ships.

Sky Princess guests will enjoy two deep-tank top deck pools and more Jacuzzis than previous Royal class ships.
Sky Princess guests will enjoy two deep-tank top deck pools and more Jacuzzis than previous Royal class ships.

New for Sky Princess will be the addition of a Wakeview pool on its aft decks. In addition to the Wakeview pool, Sky Princess will have two deep-tank top-deck pools, a restorative Retreat Pool, and more Jacuzzis than previous Royal class ships including two Jacuzzis cantilevered over the deep-tank pools.

The ship’s Vista Lounge will get a new look complete with a full bar offering, an evolution of the popular lounge on other Princess ships. Guests can take advantage of a new cafe in the Princess Live venue, serving barista-made coffee, tea and quick bites.

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Princess ordering its largest ships

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The new class will be 20% larger than the Royal Princess pictured above

Princess Cruises has signed a memorandum of understanding for two ships that will carry 20% more passengers than the Royal class of Princess ships that began with the Royal Princess.

The ships will be 175,000 gross tons and are designed for 4,300 passengers, compared to 3,560 for the Royal Princess.

Set for delivery in 2023 and 2025, the ships will be equipped with the dual-fuel capability and are intended to operate primarily using liquefied natural gas.

The cost of the ships, to be built by Fincantieri, was not disclosed.

Princess has three Royal-class ships on order with Fincantieri, including its next new ship, Sky Princess, which is currently under construction and scheduled for delivery in October 2019. The two other Royal-class ships are planned for delivery in 2020 and 2022.

Majestic Princess: Princess Cruises names new €600 million ship designed for Chinese

Majestic Princess will be based in China

Majestic Princess will begin sailing to Japan and South Korea from its homeport of Shanghai in summer 2017

Princess Cruises’ newest ship, launching in summer 2017, will be called Majestic Princess. The 3,560-passenger vessel is the third “Royal Class” ship for the cruise line and has been designed with Chinese passengers in mind.

The ship will carry a Chinese name on the hull, 盛世公主号 (Shèng Shì Gōng Zhǔ Haò) – chosen by Carnival plc’s China employees and interpreted as “Grand World” or “Grand Spirit.”

“We’re excited to be the first line to offer a genuine premium cruise option to Chinese vacationers,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises.

“[Majestic Princess] represents our brand’s long-term commitment to the continuing growth of the China market.”

T’ai chi at sea, ballroom dancing, subtitled Hollywood movies, Chinese satellite TV channels and a souped-up designer shopping experience are among the “Princess Class” experiences being rolled out to the Chinese market. Priority will be placed on food, amenities and shopping. In addition to the 24-hour buffet at sea, a wide variety of traditional Chinese dishes will also be offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The rapidly expanding Chinese cruise market has seen a parade of international ships moving to China. MSC Cruises announced last month that it will deploy its 1,976-passenger MSC Lirica to Shanghai, while Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas sails from Shanghai. Following its launch in China next April Ovation of the Seas will sail from Tianjin.

China has the potential to deliver 83 million cruise passengers a year according to a recent study by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

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Princess ships began homeport cruising in China in 2014 with an inaugural season of Shanghai-based cruises aboard Sapphire Princess, which visited cities including Seoul (Incheon), Busan and Jeju Island in South Korea and Fukuoka (Hakata), Kagoshima, Okinawa and Nagasaki in Japan. Majestic Princess will be based in China year round and will begin sailing to Japan and South Korea (ports not yet confirmed) from Shanghai in summer 2017.

Weighing in at 143,000 grt and with a build cost of €600 million Majestic Princess is being built at the Italian shipyard Fincantieri, where P&O Cruises’ Britannia, Princess’s Royal and Regal Princess and Carnival Magic were built.