Princess Cruises has commenced the one year countdown to the launch of its next new ship Enchanted Princess in Southampton on June 30, 2020.
Construction of the 143,700-tonne ship is currently under way in the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where it will take a total of three million construction hours to build. On completion, the vessel will carry 3,660 guests and sail from Southampton for an inaugural season in the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean in autumn 2020.
Its maiden voyage will be a 10-night sailing to Rome, calling at Bilbao, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona, Toulon/Provence (La Seyne) and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), departing on July 1, 2020.
Enchanted Princess is the sister ship to Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess, which joins the fleet in October 2019. Royal Princess was the most recent vessel from the line’s fleet to be named in Southampton, in 2013, by Her Royal Highness, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge.
Enchanted Princess will be an evolution of her sister ships with enhancements, which are also set to feature on Sky Princess, including:
Two Sky Suites have the largest balconies at sea, which will be centrally located on the top decks. Measuring 94 square metres (starboard side Sky Suite) and 88 square metres (port side Sky Suite) the furnished balconies will provide a private vantage of the top deck Movies Under the Stars cinema screen, offering 270-degree panorama views and sleeping up to five guests. They will feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a dining area with skylight as well as a host of exclusive amenities.
Princess MedallionClass experience, featuring the complimentary OceanMedallion™wearable device delivers an entirely new level of service and creates a holiday that is more simple, effortless and personalized with:
o Expedited Arrival – Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents (i.e. passports) uploaded to their profile enjoy a streamlined and expedited check-in process that gets their holiday started even sooner.
o On-Demand Services – Food, beverage, retail order and hospitality services delivered to your location: Using smart devices, guests have the ability to order drinks, food and retail items like sunscreen and have them delivered directly anywhere on board, including to their stateroom.
o Family and Friends Locator – Finding travel companions and directional ship information: Accessible on portals throughout the ships and via guests’ smart devices, OceanCompassTM leverages the OceanMedallion to easily locate and chat with friends and family on board, as well as enables point-to-point wayfinding throughout the ship. OceanCompass guides guests throughout their journey, providing directional information so they can seamlessly navigate to their next point of interest.
New entertainment such as jazz lounge Take Five, a redesigned Vista Lounge and an enhanced Princess Theatre
More than 25 dining venues and bars including the World Fresh Marketplace and speciality restaurants including La Mer, our French Bistro, our award-winning Crown Grill Steakhouse and Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria
A redesigned Sanctuary area, the spa-inspired top deck retreat reserved for adults. The Sanctuary will feature an enhanced, contemporary design including twice as many private cabanas as its sister ships, as well as new lounge furniture and the option for guests to indulge in a spa treatment
Princess Cruises Senior Vice President Asia Pacific Stuart Allison said, “With just one year to go until the launch of Enchanted Princess in the UK this is an exciting time for Princess Cruises as we prepare to add another ship to our fleet. Enchanted Princess will showcase our continued commitment to offering premium services and features for our guests, as well as maintaining the signature Princess experience that our guests have come to know and love.”
Enchanted Princess interesting facts:
With a length of 330 metres, Enchanted Princess is longer than the height of The Shard, the tallest UK building
At 66 metres, Enchanted Princess is around the height of 15 double-decker buses stacked on top of one another
There will be 4,023 km of electrical cabling in Enchanted Princess, equivalent to the distance between London and Cairo
378,541 litres of paint will be used in the construction of Enchanted Princess, more than 10 times the amount required annually to paint the Golden Gate Bridge
Enchanted Princess will feature 181,437 kgs of marble, 30 times the amount used in Michelangelo’s statue of David
Enchanted Princess’ anchor is 12,700 kgs, twice the weight of an elephant
Enchanted Princess will have a top speed of 22 knots (25 mph) and 15,000KW of transverse (sideways) thruster power. Princess Cruises’ original Love Boat, Pacific Princess, had a forward propulsion power of about 13,500KW, meaning Enchanted Princess can go faster sideways than the original Pacific Princess could travel forward