Why Your Next Cruise Should Be on the Sun Princess!

Embarking on the Sun Princess was a journey of firsts for me. As a newcomer to Princess Cruises, the experience was filled with excitement, discovery, and a fair share of surprises. This blog post captures my adventure onboard this innovative ship, providing insights and personal touches that made this cruise unforgettable.

Setting Sail on the Sun Princess

The anticipation was palpable as I prepared for my first Princess Cruises adventure on their newest and biggest ship ever – Sun Princess. The journey started with a flight to Spain, followed by a high-speed train ride to Barcelona. It was an unconventional but thrilling start to what promised to be an extraordinary cruise.

First Impressions: Bright, Airy, and Modern

Upon boarding, my first impressions of Sun Princess were overwhelmingly positive. The ship is a marvel of modern design, with bright, airy spaces and a luxurious seaside retreat ambiance. The Medallion technology streamlined the boarding process, making it one of the quickest I’ve experienced. This technology also enhanced my onboard experience, offering personalized services and seamless access to various ship amenities.

A Journey Through the Western Mediterranean

The Western Mediterranean itinerary was a delightful mix of iconic ports and hidden gems, offering a perfect blend of culture, history, and scenic beauty. Each destination was a new adventure, but one port, in particular, stood out: Gibraltar.

Highlight: Exploring Gibraltar

Gibraltar was a highlight of the cruise, offering a unique blend of British and Mediterranean cultures. As we approached the port, the sight of the iconic Rock of Gibraltar towering above was awe-inspiring. This limestone promontory is steeped in history and natural beauty, and it did not disappoint.


Upon disembarking, we were greeted with a range of excursion options. We chose to take the cable car to the top of the Rock, which provided breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the distant coast of Africa on a clear day. The ascent was thrilling, and the views from the top were simply stunning.

At the summit, we encountered the famous Barbary macaques, Europe’s only wild monkey population. These cheeky creatures are known for their playful antics and provided endless entertainment. A guided tour took us through the Great Siege Tunnels, a fascinating network of passages carved into the Rock during the 18th century. The history and engineering behind these tunnels were truly remarkable.

While Gibraltar was the standout, other ports like Barcelona, Marseille, and Genoa also offered unique and enriching experiences. Each stop provided its own blend of cultural exploration and scenic beauty, making the entire journey a well-rounded adventure.

Ship Design: A Modern Marvel

The design of Sun Princess is a true testament to innovation and luxury. From the moment you step onboard, you’re greeted with sleek, contemporary aesthetics that blend seamlessly with functional design elements.

  • Seaside Retreat Ambiance: The overall vibe of the ship is that of a modern seaside retreat, with light, airy interiors and plenty of natural light pouring in through expansive windows.
  • Efficient Layout: The ship’s layout is designed to minimize congestion and ensure smooth flow, with spacious public areas and clearly marked paths.
  • Eco-Friendly Innovations: Sun Princess incorporates numerous eco-friendly technologies, including advanced waste management systems and energy-efficient engines, reflecting a commitment to sustainability.
  • Artistic Touches: Throughout the ship, you’ll find art installations and design elements that add a touch of elegance and sophistication, making every corner of the ship feel special

Top 5 Favorite Features of Sun Princess

  1. The Dome: This signature venue is an architectural marvel. By day, it serves as a relaxing solarium with a two-story waterfall, and by night, it transforms into an entertainment hub with acrobatic performances. The versatility and beauty of this space are truly unmatched.
  2. The Piazza: Spanning three decks, this amphitheater-style atrium is the heart of the ship. It’s a vibrant space filled with activities from Zumba classes in the morning to lively game shows at night. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide breathtaking sea views, making it a favorite gathering spot.
  3. Infinity Pool: Hanging above the ship’s wake, this pool offers a surreal experience. The infinity edge creates the illusion of swimming into the horizon, making it the most Instagrammable spot on the ship.
  4. Americana Diner: This casual dining venue on Deck 8 offers a unique twist on the traditional buffet. With options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s perfect for quick, delicious meals without the formality of the main dining rooms.
  5. Incredible Pool Deck: The main pool deck is a masterpiece of design and functionality. With multiple pools, hot tubs, and plenty of loungers, it’s a perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. The design ensures unobstructed views of the sea, and the area transforms into a lively entertainment space in the evenings.

Who Is This Ship For?

The Sun Princess is designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of cruisers. Whether you’re a first-time cruiser like me or a seasoned Captain’s Circle member, the ship offers something for everyone.

  • Families: With extensive family-friendly areas like the Park19 activity zone, Firefly Park for young kids, and dedicated teen clubs, Sun Princess is perfect for families looking to bond and have fun together.
  • Couples and Solo Travelers: The luxurious and romantic ambiance, coupled with intimate dining venues and serene lounges, make it ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway or solo travelers looking for a peaceful retreat.
  • Adventure Seekers: The innovative features like the ropes course, dry slide, and Ocean Glider at Park19 cater to thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts.
  • Luxury Seekers: Suite guests will appreciate the enhanced amenities, including the spacious Signature Lounge and lavish suite accommodations. The Medallion technology also adds a layer of personalized luxury to the overall experience.

Dining on Sun Princess: A Culinary Delight

One of the standout features of Sun Princess is its dining options. The Horizons Dining Room, with its spectacular two-story windows, offers traditional and anytime dining. The Americana Diner provides quick, casual meals, while specialty restaurants like Sabatini’s, Crown Grill, and the new Uma Teppanyaki cater to diverse culinary tastes.

A Ship That Redefines Cruising

Sun Princess is not just a ship; it’s a reimagining of the Princess Cruises experience. With modern design, innovative features, and a focus on passenger comfort and enjoyment, it sets a new standard for cruising. While it may take some time for die-hard Princess fans to adjust to the changes, the fresh, vibrant atmosphere onboard is undeniably captivating.

Final Thoughts

As I disembarked in Civitavecchia, Italy, I couldn’t help but feel a mix of sadness and fulfillment. The Sun Princess had exceeded all my expectations, offering a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and luxury. Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a first-timer like me, I highly recommend making Sun Princess your next cruise destination. The memories you’ll create and the experiences you’ll have are truly unparalleled.

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