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Sun Princess

The Sun that never stops shining... now with new onboard features to enhance the ship's cruise experience

The 77,000-ton Sun Princess was, when launched on 2 December, 1995, the largest and most innovative luxury cruise ship afloat, rising 14 decks and stretching nearly three football fields in length.

She carried 1,950 passengers in 975 cabins - more than double the number of rooms in the UK’s largest hotel, The Grosvenor - and featured private balconies on 70 per cent of all outside cabins, more than any other ship afloat.

Sun Princess
Sun Princess emerged from her makeover in 2018 bearing the Princess Cruises signature logo on her bow

Now, the 2,000-guest Sun Princess has been updated in a two-week refit in Singapore in July 2018 which added multi-million pound enhancements and Princess Cruises’ signature logo on her bow.

Enhancements included:

Camp Discovery Youth Centre: for cruisers aged 3-17, Sun Princess will offer a redesigned youth centre – Camp Discovery – which was created in partnership with the Discovery Channel. Catering to specific age groups, children and teens can make new friends and participate in activities specially designed to help them discover, play and fuel creativity. 

Club class mini-suites: Sun Princess now features club class mini-suites, Princess Cruises’ premium stateroom category that includes VIP amenities, exclusive dining and priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Enhanced Boutiques: a number of enhancements and upgrades have been made to the onboard shops including the introduction of an Effy Fine Jewelry boutique and luxury designer brands including Burberry, Coach, Longchamp and Guess. 

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 is currently sailing in Southeast Asia before returning to Australia for the 2019 winter season. Her itineraries begin on the western coast before transitioning to the eastern coast and New Zealand.

Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ president, said: “Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand have always had an allure for travellers and cruising is one of the best ways to explore them.

“We are thrilled to provide guests sailing the regions with our newest onboard features that enhance their cruise experience while sailing this beautiful part of the world.” 

Vital statistics

Operated by Princess Cruises
Built at Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani Monfalcone, Italy
Design: Njal R Eide, Norway
Registered: Bermuda
Cost: $300m-plus
Entered service: December 1995
Major makeover: August 2013, July 2018
Gross tonnage: 77,000
Passenger capacity: 1,990
Crew: 900
Passenger decks: 14
Lifts:
Cabins: 975 including
:: 6 Suites with private balconies
:: 32 Mini-suites with private balconies
:: 372 Outside cabins with private balconies
:: 193 Standard outside cabins
:: 372 Inside cabins
:: 19 with wheelchair access
Length: 856 ft
Width: 106 ft
Draught: 26ft
Maximum speed: 21 knots
Engines: 4 medium speed diesels

Facilities

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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