Princess Cruise Line Cancels Second Sun Princess Sailing 5 Days Ahead of Sailing


Princess Cruises has notified passengers that the imminent second sailing on the 18th of February of the Sun Princess is cancelled with only five days’ notice. This comes after Princess Cruises and Fincantieri mutually agreed to delay the delivery of Sun Princess weeks ahead of her inaugural sailing initially set to depart from Barcelona on February 8th.

Sun Princess is the largest vessel ever constructed in Italy and the first ship of a revolutionary new platform designed exclusively for the Princess brand. This second postponement has resulted in disappointed customers venting frustration all over social media. Some passengers have already arrived in Rome for a pre-cruise break.

Exterior with Park 19, Credit Princess Cruises
Exterior with Park 19, Credit Princess Cruises, Credit Princess Cruises
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Cruisers Booked on the Second Sailing to be Compensated

John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises, previously said at the time of the first cancellation. “We understand that this news is disappointing and share in that disappointment. We recognise the anticipation that surrounded this sailing, and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this cancellation causes,”

According to emails shared on social media by disappointed cruisers, Princess Cruise Line are offering guests who were booked on the February 18th sailing will receive a full refund of the cruise fare. As well as a $1000 future cruise credit per stateroom (FCC) that can be used on a future Princess voyage. Guests also will receive up to $200 per person for change fees related to air travel plans. 

The emails also state that any passenger who has already arrived in Rome prior to February 14, Princess, will reimburse the for the entire cost of your roundtrip airfare and contribute to additional costs.

More About The Sun Princess, Princess Cruises Newest Multigenerational Sphere Class Ship

The Sun Princess belongs to Princess Cruises’ newest class, the Sphere class. She will be the first ship in this new and exciting category, followed by Star Princess in 2025.

With a gross tonnage of 175,500 tons and a capacity to accommodate 4,300 passengers, the Sun Princess will hold the title of the largest vessel in the Princess fleet. That’s 640 passengers more than her predecessor, Discovery Princess.

The Dome - Day (1) Credit Princess Cruises
The Dome – Credit Princess Cruises

As with all Princess Cruise Ships, passengers can indulge in spa and fitness centre relaxation, late-night movies under the stars, enjoy swimming in pools or hot tubs, try their luck at the casino, and catch captivating shows in the new and exciting Princess Arena theatre entertainment area. The Sun Princess still will have all of the old favourite activities onboard, such as dance classes, water slides, and a video game arcade, but with much more, offering a choice of itineraries with the opportunity to embark on exciting adventures and shore excursions in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Suite Areas on Its Sphere Class Ships

Sphere Class Ships define a new era for the cruise line, which has pushed the boundaries with innovative features and design. This is the first time any Princess ship will feature a dedicated suite area offering the luxury ship within a ship feeling, split into two areas, choosing either the Reserve or Signature Collection. These Luxury dedicated suite areas on Sphere class ships include:

The Reserve Collection

Offering junior suites in premium locations, a dedicated cabana deck area, and access to a private restaurant and bar for Reserve Collection cruisers. Thus offering a more intimate cruise experience that families traveling together can enjoy.

Signature Collection

This further elevates the luxury experience. Guests staying in the Signature Collection suites have access to a private lounge, restaurant, and pool deck just for Signature Collection guests, with larger suites for cruising families.

Cabana Deck,Credit Princess Cruises
Cabana Deck,Credit Princess Cruises

Dining on Sun Princess

As well as a dedicated dining suite, guests can delight in culinary experiences at various restaurants. These include the opulent main dining room reaching over three stories and serving all types of food, from vegetarian to seafood. Or try specialty dining such as the Crown Grill steak house, Sabatini’s Italian with delicious pizza and pasta dishes, and colossal ice cream desserts and cocktails.

What’s New for Families on Sun Princess

All of the above innovations take Princess Cruise Line to a new level. However, they have also revealed the most exciting youth program and family activity zone ever featured on a Princess Cruises ship.

If you are booking a family cruise, check out the all-new Park19. It will debut onboard Sun Princess when this Sphere Class vessel launches. Park19 will be located on the top decks of Sun Princess, which are decks 19, 20, and 21. It features nine activities to enjoy in a new multi-generational space designed with the whole family in mind.

Sea Breeze, Jogging Track and The Net, Credit Princess Cruises
Sea Breeze, Jogging Track and The Net, Credit Princess Cruises

Kids and Teen Clubs on The Sun Princess

Additional family-centric offerings onboard Sun Princess are found in the Youth & Teen Centres located on decks six and seven. This is where activities and age-appropriate areas abound for all younger guests ages six months to 17 years.

The kids on Princess ships, such as Sun Princess, can stay connected and have fun onboard via the OceanCompass shipmate locator. This also has a chat feature to keep in touch with friends making it easy to share their experiences by posting photos and videos on social media via MedallionNet WiFi.

Enjoy Your Family Cruise with Princess Cruises

This new addition demonstrates that despite the delay, Princess Cruise Line is committed to providing exceptional experiences for travellers of all ages. By catering to different generations’ diverse needs and preferences, Princess can create memorable and enjoyable vacations for families and groups spanning multiple age groups.


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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