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.