Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox
Cruise News
Home > Cruise News Archive > Sapphire Princess Completes Floating-Out
Date Published: September 23, 2003
More current news for Princess Cruises:
Princess Cruise Ship Shows Sydney Some Love on Valentine's Day

Princess Cruises Profile and Reviews
Latest Cruise News Headlines
Sapphire Princess Completes Floating-Out
Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess, under construction at Mitsubishi's Koyagi Shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, was floated out last week. The ritual ceremony, which marks the end of construction and de-contamination work – and heralds the beginning of interior development – was celebrated with the traditional champagne-over-bow smash. Carnival Corporation's Micky Arison and Princess Cruises' Peter Ratcliffe were on hand for the event.

The ship was formerly called Diamond Princess before a shipyard fire made it necessary for Princess to swap it with its twin vessel (also under construction at Mitsubishi) and rename it Sapphire. The fire set the schedule of the newbuild, slated to be the first of two to be introduced, back a few months.  Still with us? And so the former Sapphire Princess was renamed Diamond Princess and will now receive first-launch honors.

The 113,000-ton, 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess, which launches in June, will, like sister ship Diamond Princess, feature many of Princess' contemporary trademarks, including Skywalkers, the Wheelhouse Bar, Explorers Lounge, a wedding chapel and an extensive facility for children.
Cruise News Headlines
More Princess Cruises News
Princess Cruises Reviews
Princess Cruises Deals

About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.