Sky Princess (2019)

Sky Princess is a Royal-class cruise ship currently operated by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc. She is the second ship in the cruise line's history to sail under this name. She is the fourth Royal-class ship in the Princess fleet and commenced operations in October 2019.[7][8] The ship measures 145,281 GT and has a capacity of 3,660 passengers.[8][1]

Sky Princess in Trieste, October 2019
History
Bermuda
Name: Sky Princess
Owner: Carnival plc
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: Hamilton,  Bermuda
Route: Canada/New England, Caribbean, Scandinavia
Ordered: 30 December 2015[1]
Builder: Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy
Yard number: 6268[2]
Laid down: 05 July 2018[3]
Launched: 14 February 2019[4]
Sponsored by: Kay Hire and Poppy Northcutt
Christened: 7 December 2019
Completed: 12 October 2019[5]
Acquired: 15 October 2019[2]
Maiden voyage: 20 October 2019[5]
In service: 2019–present
Identification:
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Royal-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 145,281 GT[2]
Length: 330 m (1,080 ft)[2]
Beam: 38.4 m (126 ft)[2]
Draught: 8.5 m (28 ft)[2]
Depth: 11.35 m (37.2 ft)[2]
Decks: 19
Installed power:
  • 2 × 14,400 kW (19,300 hp) Wärtsilä 12V46F
  • 2 × 16,800 kW (22,500 hp) Wärtsilä 14V46F
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 3,660 passengers[6]
Crew: 1,346

History

Planning and construction

The then-unnamed, fourth Royal-class vessel was ordered from Fincantieri on 30 December 2015.[1][9] On 30 November 2017, Princess Cruises officially announced the name of the fourth Royal-class ship as Sky Princess, in honor of a previous Princess vessel that carried the same name.[10][11]

Construction of Sky Princess began on 9 November 2016 with the first steel cutting for the ship's bow at Fincantieri's shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia,[12] with a separate milestone on 8 September 2017 marking the first steel cutting for the rest of the ship at Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone.[13] Her keel laying was performed on 5 July 2018.[3] She was floated out on 14 February 2019[4] and completed her sea trials in September 2019.[14]

Delivery and christening

She was officially delivered on 15 October 2019 in her handover ceremony at Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone.[7][8] She was christened at Port Everglades on 7 December 2019 by NASA astronaut Captain Kay Hire and NASA engineer Poppy Northcutt.[15]

Service history

Deployments

For her inaugural season, Sky Princess sailed a four-day pre-inaugural "shakedown" cruise on 16 October 2019 for the press to sail from Trieste to Athens with a call in Kotor.[16] She performed her official maiden voyage on 20 October 2019, a seven-day cruise sailing between Athens and Barcelona.[5] Sky Princess sailed her inaugural season in the Mediterranean in the fall of 2019 before repositioning to her North American homeport, Port Everglades, arriving on 1 December 2019.[10] Due to high demand, two three-day inaugural cruises were scheduled on 1 December 2019 and 4 December 2019, with both cruising between Port Everglades and Princess Cays.[17]

Following her North American debut, Sky Princess will sail in the Caribbean in the winter months out of Port Everglades,[18][19] the Baltic in the summer,[20][21] and along the Canadian Maritimes and New England in the fall out of New York.[22][23]

References

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  6. Princess Cruises (15 October 2019). "Sky Princess Officially Joins Princess Cruises Fleet". PR Newswire. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  7. https://www.fincantieri.com/en/media/press-releases/2019/fincantieri-consegnata-a-monfalcone-sky-princess/
  8. "Fincantieri Delivers Sky Princess". The Maritime Executive. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  9. "Carnival Corporation to Build Four Cruise Ships as Part of Memo of Agreement with Fincantieri S.p.A." Carnival Corporation & plc. 30 December 2015.
  10. Cruises, Princess (30 November 2017). "Princess Cruises: Princess Cruises to Name Next Ship Sky Princess". www.princess.com. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
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  12. "Fincantieri cuts steel for fourth Royal-class Princess ship". Seatrade Cruise News. 9 November 2016.
  13. "Fincantieri | WORK STARTS IN MONFALCONE ON THE NEW PRINCESS SHIP". www.fincantieri.com. 8 September 2017.
  14. Staff, C. I. N. (10 September 2019). "Sky Princess Completes Sea Trials". www.cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  15. "Sky Princess Christened". Cruise Industry News. 7 December 2019.
  16. "Agents get chance to win Sky Princess mini-cruise". www.travelmole.com. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  17. Souza, Ben (5 September 2019). "Princess Cruises Adds Extra Sailing on New Cruise Ship in December". Cruise Fever. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  18. Staff, C. I. N. (17 May 2018). "Sky Princess to Debut in Caribbean for 2019-2020 Season". www.cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  19. "Princess Cruises: Princess Cruises Announces 2020-2021 Caribbean & Panama Canal Seasons Featuring Newest Ships". www.princess.com. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  20. "Princess Cruises Debuts Newest Ship for 2020 Europe Season". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  21. Staff, C. I. N. (14 August 2019). "Princess Announces Five Ship 2021 Europe Program". www.cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  22. "New Sky Princess will sail Canada/New England in 2020". Seatrade Cruise News. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  23. Staff, C. I. N. (22 August 2019). "Princess Announces 2021 Canada/New England Program, Including New Sky Princess". www.cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
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