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Star Princess Will Be Princess Cruises’ Second Sphere Class Ship

Star Princess Will Be Princess Cruises’ Second Sphere Class Ship

Princess Cruises has revealed the name of its upcoming ship, Star Princess, which is scheduled to debut in the summer of 2025.

On May 12, 2023, Princess Cruises announced the name of its second Sphere Class ship: Star Princess. The new cruise ship will sail an inaugural season of Mediterranean voyages when she debuts in August 2025.

Star Princess is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.

According to a press release, the new ship is built on a platform that is “distinctly different and unique to Princess, designed to simultaneously embrace the Princess heritage while celebrating the romance of the sea by offering more dynamic, outward views.”

Watch the short video below for a sneak peek at what Star Princess‘ interior and exterior will look like.

Princess Cruises’ new Sphere Class ships

The new Sphere Class will be the largest ships built for Princess Cruises and the company’s first ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The first ship in the class will be Sun Princess, which is scheduled to enter service in 2024. At 175,500 gross tons (GT), the sister vessels Sun and Star will also be the largest ships ever built in Italy. Each ship will carry 4300 guests at capacity.

The new Star Princess will be the third by that name for Princess Cruises

If the name Star Princess sounds familiar, it’s because the cruise line has owned two other ships by that name in the past!

Princess’ first Star Princess ship was initially launched in 1988 as Sitmar Fair Majesty. When Sitmar Cruises merged with Princess, that ship was renamed Star Princess, and christened by godmother Audrey Hepburn.

Related: What Is a Cruise Ship Godmother (or Godfather)?

The second Star Princess launched in 2002, as the cruise line’s third Grand Class vessel. The ship sailed under the Star name until she was transferred to sister cruise line P&O to sail as Pacific Encounter.

An artist’s rendering of the upcoming Star Princess, setting sail in August 2025 (image courtesy of Princess Cruises)

What to expect aboard the new Star Princess

According to the cruise line, Star Princess will be twenty percent larger than any of the current Princess ships. However, the vessel’s design will retain many of the intimate settings Princess is known for.

Star Princess will also offer some innovative design features. The Piazza will boast a stunning glass sphere, while The Dome entertainment venue takes inspiration from the terraces of Santorini.

Princess Arena, a configurable, technologically-advanced main theater will host a variety of innovative entertainment concepts.

Even the main dining room will have a fresh look, positioned at the aft of the ship for beautiful wake views.

“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,” Padgett continued. 

This second Sphere Class ship will also offer new food and beverage concepts, an expanded casino, and a two-story Lotus Spa.

Guests also will love the expanded accommodations options with luxurious staterooms and suites, including the new Reserve and Signature Collections. 

Update: Princess Cruises Announces Captains for Star Princess

Princess partnering with Cirque Éloize aboard Star Princess

During the new ship’s name announcement, Princess also revealed its new partnership to bring Cirque Éloize aboard Star Princess. The Montréal-based contemporary circus company, founded in 1993, combines circus arts with music, dance, technology, and theater.

Princess is partnering with Montréal’s Cirque Éloize to bring the contemporary circus aboard Star Princess (image courtesy of Princess Cruises)

Cirque Éloize will also perform aboard the Star‘s sister ship Sun Princess.

Related: Cirque Éloize Will Headline Entertainment Aboard New Sun Princess Cruise Ship

Star Princess’ inaugural season

Star Princess will debut on August 4, 2025, sailing a nine-day Inaugural Italy & Greece roundtrip voyage from Rome (Civitavecchia). The itinerary will feature the destinations of Corfu, Kotor, Mykonos, Santorini, and Naples.

After her inaugural voyage, Star Princess will sail a variety of 9- and 10-day cruises from Rome, Athens, and Trieste, visiting idyllic Mediterranean ports.

Mark your calendars! Star Princess cruises will go on sale on June 1, 2023. Captain’s Circle Elite members will have early access on May 31.

Update: Delivery of Princess Cruises’ Star Princess Will Be Postponed, Nine Sailings Canceled

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Do you plan on sailing aboard Star Princess when she debuts in 2025? Or do you prefer Princess’ older ships? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Karstunen