Sky Princess completes sea trials

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Princess Cruise’s Sky Princess has completed its six-day sea trials. The new cruise ship set out to sea from the construction dock at Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, and was put through a series of manoeuvres to test the propulsion, steering and navigational equipment.

Sky Princess is now back in the shipyard for further exterior and interior finishing to prepare for the maiden seven-day Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise from Athens, Greece, to Barcelona, Spain, departing on 20 October 2019. The ship will sail a series of Mediterranean voyages before debuting in North America on 1 December 2019 for sailing a season of Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

The 3,660-guest Sky Princess will feature Sky Suites with large balconies. The ship also introduces two entertainment experiences: Phantom Bridge, an escape room game that combines digital and physical elements for immersive entertainment; and the Take 5 jazz theatre at sea, celebrating the sounds, culture and history of jazz.

Guests travelling with the Princess MedallionClass experience will be issued an OceanMedallion wearable device for personalised services. The Medallion speeds up embarkation, unlocks stateroom doors, enables payment and other services.

Princess Cruises has embarked on a multi-year US$450m product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign to enhance the onboard guest experience. Product innovations include partnerships with award-winning chef Curtis Stone; entertainment inspired shows with Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz; immersive family activities from Discovery and Animal Planet that include exclusive shore excursions and onboard activities; the Princess Luxury Bed and other product and service upgrades.

Three new Royal-class ships are on order, with Sky Princess to be followed by Enchanted Princess in June 2020. Princess previously announced two new LNG ships, which will be the largest ships in its fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests. These are planned for delivery in 2023 and 2025. In all, Princess now has five ships due over the next six years between 2019 and 2025.

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