These Are The Newest Princess Cruises Ships

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The Princess Cruises fleet has 16 ships. Some of the older ships in the fleet are still going strong after over 20 years of service. The more recent additions, however, are larger with a more modern look and feel.

Sun Princess cruise ship at sea

Princess Cruises has launched an average of one new ship every two years – a trend that’s continuing with the launch of a brand new class in the coming years.

If you want to know more about the newest Princess ships, and the ships that are just around the corner for the cruise line, then read on.

The newest Princess Cruises ships:

  1. Sun Princess
  2. Discovery Princess
  3. Enchanted Princess

1. Sun Princess – 2024

Sun Princess

The Sun Princess is the first in a brand new class of ship for the cruise line – the Sphere-class.

Launched in February 2024, she is the largest ship to ever sail for Princess Cruises by some distance.

Sun Princess is the first ship in the fleet to be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), a much cleaner fuel than most ships currently use. This will help the cruise line to reduce its environmental impact as more ships switch to this fuel source in the future.

The maximum guest capacity of Sun Princess iss 4,300, so still some way short of the biggest cruise ships in the world. Instead, the focus is on sumptuous decor and accommodations, including some of the world’s largest suites.

There are an epic 29 restaurants and bars available to enjoy, while there will be entertainment at every hour of the day in the Princess Live! venue. The Piazza is a stunning central hub, and The Dome transforms from an enclosed pool space during the day to a vibrant entertainment venue at night.

Sun Princess Piazza
Sun Princess Piazza

The Sun Princess also features the debut of the Reserve Collection and the Signature Collection.

Sun Princess Signature Suite
Sun Princess Signature Suite

Reserve Collection Mini-Suites and Cabanas are situated in prime locations on the ship and grant access to a private restaurant, while Signature Collection Suites offer access to the Signature Restaurant, Sun Deck and Lounge.

Take a look at the top suite, the Signature Sky Suite.

I’ve booked a cruise on Sun Princess for August and I’m super excited to see this new ship, and show you around. Be sure to subscribe to the Cruise Mummy YouTube channel if you’d like to see what we get up to on board.

2. Discovery Princess – 2022

Discovery Princess

The Discovery Princess debuted in early 2022. She is the last of the Royal-class ships which started back in 2013 with Royal Princess, and is a true gem of the fleet.

The Royal-class ships are not identical, and Discovery Princess is closest in layout to the ships added later in the class – the Enchanted Princess and the Sky Princess.

One of the standout features is the Sky Suite – one of the largest suites at sea with an incredible balcony which alone is big enough to host parties with other guests.

Of course, this suite isn’t just about the size (although that’s pretty impressive), when you book a suite like this, you also get a whole host of extra perks.

Sky Suite balcony
Sky Suite Balcony

Popular features from across the class are retained including the Sanctuary – an adults-only retreat where guests can enjoy outdoor massages, special beverages and light snacks in a completely peaceful environment.

Princess Cruises sanctuary

The Discovery Princess offers some fun itineraries too, away from the typical Caribbean/Europe combination. During the winter months she is based in Los Angeles, sailing the Pacific West Coast.

And then in summer, she moves to Vancouver and offers thrilling cruises to cruise ports across Alaska.

3. Enchanted Princess – 2020

Enchanted Princess

Enchanted Princess was the fifth Royal-class ship to launch for Princess Cruises. She was originally announced in 2015 as part of a wider deal that the Carnival Group struck with the shipbuilding yard Fincantieri, and then a year later she was fully confirmed.

She was delivered to the cruise line in September 2020, but due to the ongoing world events her maiden voyage was delayed until November of 2021.

She is very similar in design to Sky Princess, and is capable of hosting up to 3,660 passengers when at full capacity – around half the size of the biggest ships in the world, but bigger than any other ship in the Princess fleet at the time.

She has the best features of the enhanced Royal Class, meaning great places to unwind and a wealth of fantastic dining options, including more venues than on any other class of ship in the Princess fleet.

Also introduced to Sky Princess, and replicated on Enchanted Princess, there are extra swimming pools including two deep-tank pools when you want a swim.

Pools on Enchanted Princess

Enchanted Princess does follow the classic Caribbean/Europe split over a year. During the summer months, she mainly cruises from Barcelona, Athens and Rome around the Mediterranean, focussing on France, Spain and Italy.

And then in winter she moves to Fort Lauderdale, with itineraries sailing around the southern and eastern Caribbean.

4. Sky Princess – 2019

Sky Princess

Often when cruise lines make small adjustments to a ship class, they slightly adjust the name – see Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Plus, or the NCL Breakaway Plus. Princess Cruises didn’t do that with Sky Princess – despite the fact that she offered enough enhancements over the previous Royal-class ships to be worthy of a subclass of her own.

She was first announced as part of the same deal with Fincantieri that would ultimately confirm her sister ship, Enchanted Princess, back in 2015, and her name was confirmed in 2017. She remained on schedule and was able to take her maiden voyage, as planned, in late 2019.

Sky Princess introduced a number of new features to the Royal Class for Princess Cruises, including the aforementioned extra pools and the Sky Suite class of accommodation. 

New entertainment venues were also added for the first time on Sky Princess, including Take Five – a jazz venue that brings the history of the genre to life whilst you sip on carefully crafted cocktails.

Sky Princess does call Fort Lauderdale her home during the winter, but more excitingly for UK passengers, she sails from Southampton during the summer months, and is one of the larger ships to sail from the UK.


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The next new ship on the horizon…

Star Princess Wake View Terrace

Sister ship to Sun Princess, Star Princess has been confirmed for a 2025 launch and will be sailing her first season in Europe.

She’ll feature the same exciting features as Sun Princess, including the Reserve Collection and Signature Collection.

Her entertainment venue will be inspired by the white terraces of Santorini, and she will host a selection of unique food concepts too. She’ll be the third ship to have sailed for Princess Cruises under the Star Princess name.

Further details for the ship are still yet to be confirmed but expect that she’ll have the same fantastic selection of dining venues and restaurants as Sun Princess. We do know that she will also feature Cirque Éloize shows, as will her sister ship.


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