US-based Princess Cruises has unveiled a next-generation ship, dubbed Sun Princess, which can accommodate more than 4,000 guests.
Expected to enter service in early 2024, the 175,500t vessel is presently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard.
The 21-deck Sun Princess will have 2,157 total staterooms, including 50 suites and 100 connecting rooms.
As well as having more outdoor balcony space, all the balcony accommodations will feature an in-room sofa.
The ship will also include the Signature Collection, which will offer access to the Signature Restaurant, Signature Lounge and Signature Sun Deck.
Claimed to be the largest Princess ship once complete, the new cruise ship will feature a Piazza as well as a modern entertainment space called The Dome.
The Piazza will consist of three stories and provide comfortable seating as well as areas for ocean views in every direction.
The Dome will be a multi-level covered deck with an indoor/outdoor pool.
The new cruise ship’s inaugural spring/summer season will consist of Mediterranean cruises, followed by Western and Eastern Caribbean voyages from Port Everglades, Florida, US, in the fall of 2024.
Princess Cruises president John Padgett said: “Sun Princess is a new and bespoke ship platform, designed to simultaneously embrace Princess heritage while boldly pressing into the future with iconic, elegant and pure lines unique to our brand.
“A show-stopping, first-of-its-kind Dome on the top deck and suspended glass Piazza in the centre of Sun Princess offer innovative designs showcasing expansive ocean views for incredible opportunities to connect with the sea.”
Fincantieri is expected to deliver the second next-generation Sphere-class ship to Princess Cruises in spring 2025.