Princess Cruises has revealed that its second Sphere-class ship will be called Star Princess.
The ship – the line’s second to be powered by liquefied natural gas – will operate an inaugural season of Mediterranean voyages when it launches in August 2025.
Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Star Princess will join Sun Princess as the largest vessels ever built for Princess, carrying 4,300 guests.
It is being 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”, a statement said.
Overall, Star Princess will be 20 per cent larger than any of the line’s existing ships.
However, Princess said it will retain “the more intimate settings Princess is known for”.
New elements on board will include the Dome, a transformational entertainment venue, as well as the Princess Arena, a dining room at the aft of the ship and other new food and beverage concepts.
Princess Cruises adding ‘exceptional experiences’
Princess Cruises president John Padgett said: “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.
‘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.”
Star Princess will set sail on 4 August 2025 on a nine-day Inaugural Italy & Greece voyage from Rome.
This will be followed by a variety of nine and 10-day cruises sailing from Rome, Athens or Trieste.
Cruises go on sale with the larger Europe 2025 programme release on 1 June 2023.