Star Princess will debut as Princess Cruises’ second Sphere-class vessel in August 2025
Princess Cruises’ second Sphere-class vessel is to be named Star Princess, paying homage to two previous ships that bore the same name and entered service in 1989 and 2022.
The LNG-powered ship is currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard in Italy and is designed to be 20 per cent larger than Princess Cruises’ current vessels, weighing 175,500gt and accommodating 4,300 guests. It will also feature more “dynamic and outward” views.
Like her sister ship Sun Princess (which will debut in early 2024), Star Princess will offer several new venues including The Dome, an entertainment venue inspired by the terraces in Santorini, Greece; a Piazza that will feature a glass-sphere roof; the Princess Arena, which will host a variety of entertainment concepts; and a dining room, which will be positioned at the aft of the ship.
Princess Cruises will also introduce new food and drink offerings, an expanded casino, a two-storey Lotus Spa and entertainment headlined by Cirque Éloize onboard the ship. The Princess Medallion service will also be available onboard Star Princess to provide personalised experiences for guests.
“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.”
Star Princess will debut on 4 August 2025 with a nine-day roundtrip from Rome, Italy, visiting the Greek islands of Corfu, Kotor, Mykonos and Santorini before stopping at Naples, Italy, on its return to Rome.