Princess Cruises Newest Ship Star Princess Delivery to be Delayed

Princess Cruises and ship builder Fincantieri today announced the mutual decision to postpone the delivery of the next Sphere Class ship, Star Princess.

Following a comprehensive review of the outstanding construction milestones, both Princess Cruises and Fincantieri have agreed to postpone the ship’s delivery date from July 29, 2025 to September 26, 2025, resulting in the cancellation of the nine inaugural sailings onboard Star Princess.

“Despite our collective dedication and relentless pursuit to deliver the ship in late July, it has become evident that additional time is required to ensure the Star Princess is delivered to the highest standards expected by our guests,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises.

Rendering of Princess Cruise Line Newest Ship Star Princess.
Rendering of Star Princess (Photo: Princess)

Revised Sailing Dates and Rebooking Info – Star Princess

The revised inaugural sailings on Star Princess will sail roundtrip from Barcelona and include an 11-day Mediterranean voyage on October 4, 2025, and a shorter 7-day Mediterranean voyage on October 15, 2025, the precede a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale on October 22, 2025 for the ship’s debut Caribbean season. The three revised inaugural sailings will open for sale on April 30, 2024.

Guests who are booked on any one of the impacted voyages will be give three options: book any princess cruise worldwide, including any sailing aboard the new Star,  sister ship Sun Princess,  or any other Princess ship.

Guests who choose to rebook will receive future cruise and onboard-credits depending on the cruise they select. They will also be allowed to cancel their sailing and receive a full refund of the cruise fare. Princess will protect all travel agent commission on all bookings that have been paid in full.

Star Princess is the second in the new Spere Class of ships for Princess. Sister ship Sun Princess, also built by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, debuted in February of 2024 and is touted as the next level Love Boat featuring the iconic and elegant structural lines Princess is known for, while delivering an evolution of the brand with new stunning architectural spectacles like The Dome, the cruise industry’s first geodesic feature on the top deck, and The Sphere, the suspended glass Sphere Piazza at the center of the cruise ship.

I am sure based on Princesses recent delivery of the stunning and industry leading Sun Princess, the delay on Star Princess will be well worth the wait and will be received with high praise.

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