Princess Cruises and Fincantieri announced that they have decided to postpone the delivery of the new Sun Princess cruise ship. Neither the American cruise line nor the Italian shipowner provided further information about the reasons for the postponement of the delivery or the date on which the ship could enter service.
A spokesman for Princess Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, said the ship was delayed due to unforeseen problems at shipbuilder Fincantieri.
However, customers who booked the inaugural cruise will benefit from a refund and a 50% discount on their next cruise before the end of 2025.
The reasons for the canceled maiden voyage
This delay, according to the company Princess, unfortunately led to the cancellation of the ship’s 10-day maiden voyage, initially scheduled to leave Barcelona on February 8th. At the moment the company has only canceled one route, but everything will depend on the new delivery date.
Sun Princess, in her debut, will sail an inaugural season of Mediterranean cruises, followed by voyages to the Western and Eastern Caribbean, departing Port Everglades, Florida, in fall 2024.
A giant ship to transport 5,400 people
This new cruise ship will have a gross tonnage of approximately 175,500 tons and will be able to accommodate 4,300 passengers and 1,150 crew. It is part of a two-ship order placed by Carnival Corporation in July 2018 for larger Princess-brand ships.
A dual fuel ship
It is one of the first cruise ships to use LNG biofuel built by Fincantieri and the largest ever built in Italy to date.
The new Sun Princess was designed at the Monfalcone shipyard and began sea trials in November 2023.