The Sun that never stops shining...
The 77,000-ton Sun Princess was, when she was launched on December 2, 1995, the largest and most innovative luxury cruise ship afloat, rising 14 decks and stretching nearly three football fields in length.
She carries 1,950 passengers in 975 cabins - more than double the number of rooms in the UK’s largest hotel, The Grosvenor.
And when she arrived Sun Princess featured more private balconies than any other ship afloat, with 70 per cent of all outside cabins offering the feature.
Sun Princess joined the Princess fleet in 1995
There are five dining areas including two main dining rooms, a spectacular pizzeria featuring stone floors and decorative wrought iron and two international food courts. The Lido Cafe offers indoor and outdoor dining and a hamburger bar by day while its dance floor, bar and ceiling skylights give the impression of dining and dancing under the stars by night.
Two main show lounges, located at opposite ends of the ship, feature both stage and cabaret-style shows and one of the first true theatres at sea. The aft theatre, encased by glass on three of its sides, has a large dance floor that raises hydraulically for showtime.
Two grand atrium lobbies are surrounded by shops, lounges, speciality bars and a disco complemented by the casino, pizzeria and champagne and caviar bar. The disco and casino are separated by a circular marble foyer and staircase. The atrium features a waterfall and glass lifts that pass between the reception area and midships lounge with its dance floor opening onto the atrium. In the same traditions as Royal Princess, a teak promenade deck encircles the ship on the main deck.
An elegantly appointed mid-ship piano bar provides passengers with the perfect spot for before or after-dinner cocktails. Designed to capture the essence of the great liners of yesteryear, this lounge is decorated in brass, leather and wood and features various ships’ models and memorabilia. Appropriately named The Wheel House, the room also features a ship’s wheel and binnacle.
Fitness buffs can keep “shipshape” with the latest hi-tech equipment in a glass-walled health centre and spa, located at the top of the ship overlooking the sea. There are also five jacuzzis, two further pools, and an aft sports deck and a top-of-the-ship walking deck.
For family travel, the ship features fully equipped children’s and teen centres.
Sun Princess’s homeports are Fort Lauderdale, San Juan and Acapulco for Caribbean cruises and Vancouver/Seward for Alaska cruises.
Operated by Princess Cruises
Built at Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani Monfalcone, Italy
Design: Njal R Eide, Norway
Entered service: December 1995
Major makeover: August 2013
Gross tonnage: 77,000
Passenger capacity: 1,990
Passenger decks: 14
Cabins: 975 including
Length: 856 ft
Width: 106 ft
Maximum speed: 21 knots
Engines: 4 medium speed diesels
Two main passenger restaurants, 24-hour international food court, pizzeria, patisserie, wine and caviar bar, two show lounges, seven lounges/bars, two atriums, shops, night club, four swimming pools, five hot tubs, teenagers and children’s centres, computerised golf, business centre, disco, casino, library, health centre and spa.
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