New Princess Cruise Ship Completes Sea Trials

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The new Sky Princess cruise ship has successfully completed sea trials ahead of its debut next month in Europe.

Sky Princess Completes Sea Trials

The Royal-class cruise ship which is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy has successfully completed sea trials. The new vessel spent several days at sea testing propulsion systems and maneuverability. Many technical aspects were also put to the test which could not be done while docked.

This is the last major construction milestone for any new cruise ship and very soon Sky Princess will be delivered to Princess Cruises at the shipyard. More crew members will start to join the ship to set up their departments for the first guests in October. All the final touches are now being made on the interior spaces with all the main work completed.

Sky Princess will become the fourth in the Royal-class and is 143,700 gross tons with a guest capacity of 3,660 along with 1,346 crew members.

The ship will feature the first jass theater at sea named Take 5. She will be decked out with all the latest Ocean Medalion tech for fast wifi, keyless cabins and more. There will also be a new French restaurant named La Mer by Three-Michelin Star Chef, Emmanuel Renaut.

One of the biggest highlights of the shiny new Carnival-owned cruise ship is the largest balconies at sea. The Sky Suites will feature the largest continuous balconies measuring 1,012 square feet (starboard side Sky Suite) and 947 square feet (port side Sky Suite). The two suites will also offer 270-degree panorama views and have a sleeping capacity for five guests.

There is a lot to look forward to with Sky Princess and the first official sailing will depart Greece on October 20. She will offer a range of Mediterranean itineraries before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in December. From the U.S., the ship will sail on Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises.

Another sister ship named Enchanted Princess will also join the fleet in 2020 and another yet to be named in 2022. After that, the cruise line will enter a new era of LNG-powered cruise ships.

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