Princess Cruises, one of the world’s most renowned cruise lines, has announced the name of its upcoming Sphere Class cruise ship – Star Princess. The ship is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and is set to debut in August 2025 with an inaugural season of Mediterranean voyages.
Star Princess is built on a platform that is distinct and unique to Princess Cruises, designed to embrace the company’s heritage while celebrating the romance of the sea. Despite being 20% larger than any of the line’s existing ships, the design retains Princess’s more intimate settings, while offering a range of new and innovative spaces.
Incredible New Spaces
One of the new features on Star Princess is The Dome, a transformational entertainment venue inspired by the terraces of Santorini. Another is the next-level Piazza, which features a glass sphere, and the Princess Arena, a configurable, technologically-advanced main theater that allows Princess to produce a variety of innovative entertainment concepts. The ship will also offer a majestic dining room positioned aft of the ship to deliver unforgettable wake views.
Expanded Accommodations and Exclusive Service
Star Princess will offer an array of exciting new food and beverage concepts, a magnificent, expanded casino, a two-story Lotus Spa, and mesmerizing entertainment headlined by Cirque Éloize. The ship will also showcase the exclusive Princess Medallion service that extends Princess’ leadership position in delivering exceptional personalized experiences. Guests will love the expanded accommodations options with luxurious staterooms and suites, including the new Reserve and Signature Collections.
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
Star Princess is the second in the Princess fleet to be powered by LNG fuel technology, making it an eco-friendly and sustainable choice. It is also being built with the most advanced sustainable innovations available.
Star Princess is set to debut on August 4, 2025, sailing a nine-day Inaugural Italy & Greece roundtrip voyage from Rome (Civitavecchia), featuring the destinations of Corfu, Kotor, Mykonos, Santorini, and Naples (for Capri and Pompeii). Following this, the ship will offer a variety of 9- and 10-day cruises sailing from Rome, Athens, or Trieste (Venice) that visit idyllic coastal ports.
Excitement for the Future
“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.”
A Look Back in Time
Princess’ first Star Princess ship launched in 1988 as Sitmar Fair Majesty. With the merger of Sitmar Cruises into Princess, she then entered service as Star Princess in 1989 and was christened by legendary actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn. The second Star Princess launched in 2002 as the third Grand-Class vessel and played an instrumental role in the evolution of the brand with popular offerings like Anytime Dining, the only dining program in the industry at the time to give guests freedom to dine where, when, and with whom they wish.
Star Princess is set to revolutionize the cruising industry with its innovative design, incredible entertainment options, and eco-friendly features. Princess Cruises continues to lead the way in delivering exceptional personalized experiences and is sure to create unforgettable memories for guests on board this stunning new ship. With its inaugural season of Mediterranean voyages in 2025, travelers have plenty of time to plan their dream vacation and experience the wonder of Star Princess for themselves.
As the second Sphere Class ship in the Princess fleet, Star Princess builds upon the success of its predecessor, Sun Princess, while also introducing exciting new concepts that are sure to captivate passengers. From the transformational Dome entertainment venue to the see-it-to-believe-it Princess Arena and the expanded Lotus Spa, there’s something for everyone on board.
But it’s not just the innovative design and features that make Star Princess special. The ship is also a leader in sustainability, using LNG fuel technology and advanced sustainable innovations to minimize its impact on the environment. And with the Princess Medallion service, guests can enjoy personalized experiences like never before.
Overall, Star Princess is a game-changer for Princess Cruises and the cruising industry as a whole. With its stunning design, innovative features, and commitment to sustainability, this ship is sure to be a hit with travelers from all over the world. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Princess Cruises and Star Princess, and we’re sure that passengers will be just as excited to embark on their own voyages of discovery on this incredible new ship.
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