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The Lookout and splash areaWith its grandeur and innovation, a new titan has emerged in luxury cruising, casting a long shadow over its predecessors. The Sun Princess, the latest marvel from Princess Cruises, embarked on its maiden voyage through the Mediterranean’s crystalline waters, marking a new era in the cruise industry. This voyage is not just a journey; it’s a testament to human ingenuity and a beacon of luxury, beckoning travellers to experience the pinnacle of sea travel.

As the Sun Princess sliced through the waves on its inaugural 10-day Grand Mediterranean cruise from Rome, guests aboard were treated to a spectacle of culture, luxury, and innovation. The itinerary, a carefully curated tapestry of destinations including Naples, Crete, Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Athens, Sicily, Mallorca, and Barcelona, was designed to immerse passengers in the rich tapestry of Mediterranean history and beauty.

Sun Princess Exterior with Park

Sun Princess Exterior with Park.

President of Princess Cruises, John Padgett, hailed the day as historic, emphasizing the ship as a “magnificent showcase of advanced design, technology, and craftsmanship.” The Sun Princess is a floating masterpiece, redefining what it means to travel in style and comfort. From its revolutionary design to the plethora of onboard experiences, it sets a new standard for what a cruise ship can be.

Central to the ship’s allure is The Dome, an awe-inspiring geodesic structure at the ship’s apex, inspired by the terraces of Santorini. This glass-enclosed marvel is not just an architectural feat; it’s a sanctuary where guests can bask in the sunlight or marvel at the stars in unparalleled luxury. The Sphere Atrium, another gem in the ship’s crown, transforms the traditional ship centre into a breathtaking space filled with expansive ocean views and an ambience of relaxed indoor and outdoor living.

Guest testimonials, like Monika Best from Nova Scotia, underscore the ship’s appeal. Having sailed with Princess Cruises 141 times, Best’s endorsement of the Sun Princess’s architecture and amenities as “next level” speaks volumes. Her praise of the ship’s evolution towards accommodating more family and generational cruises reflects a broader trend in travel where experiences are shared across ages, creating memories that span lifetimes.

Culinary excellence is another cornerstone of the Sun Princess experience. With 30 restaurant and bar venues, each collaboration with celebrity chefs and culinary experts brings a unique flavour. From Spellbound by The Magic Castle, blending magic with culinary arts, to Kai Sushi by Makoto, redefining sushi with creative flair, the ship is a floating epicurean delight.

Entertainment aboard the Sun Princess is as revolutionary as its design. The Princess Arena, a technologically advanced theatre, offers original productions in an intimate setting. The Dome transforms at night into a stage for acrobatic performances, while the Piazza dazzles guests with immersive experiences, including a Champagne Waterfall.

Accommodations on the Sun Princess cater to every preference, from the luxurious to the cozy, all designed with an eye for elegance and comfort. The ship also makes a significant leap towards sustainability, being the first to utilize LNG (liquefied natural gas), reducing greenhouse gas emissions for a more eco-conscious voyage.

As the Sun Princess continues its journey, it offers guests an unmatched cruising experience. It heralds a new dawn for the cruise industry, where luxury, innovation, and sustainability sail hand in hand. This floating palace is a dream realized, inviting all who board to write stories of adventure, relaxation, and luxury on the high seas.

For those inspired to embark on this unparalleled journey, details and booking options are available at the Princess Cruises website, promising an adventure that transcends the ordinary and ventures into the extraordinary.




Written by: My Thanh Pham