1. Home
  2. Planning
  3. Cruise Industry Trends
  4. 7 Things You'll Love About Sky Princess

7 Things You'll Love About Sky Princess

Sky Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)
Sky Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

Find a Cruise

Sky Princess might be Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship, but the line is still finding ways to perfect the model and add new amenities to get you excited for its October 2019 debut. The 3,560-passenger ship will include fan favorites, such as Movies Under the Stars, the Salty Dog Grill (with its famous Ernesto Burger), and multi-story Piazza, as well as new concepts like Phantom Bridge escape challenge.

Updated October 10, 2019

1. La Mer

La Mer on Sky Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises
This French bistro first debuted on Majestic Princess, which only sails in Australasia, so it's still new to many Princess Cruises fans. The venue serves lunch and dinner for an extra fee, and its menus were developed with three-Michelin star chef Emmanuel Renaut, former head chef at Claridge's in London and current executive chef of Flocons de Sel in France. As you'd expect, food and service are standouts. For Sky, the chef is introducing an entirely new menu with such mouth-watering options as beef filet mignon with sweet onion saute, red wine jus and hand-cut fries; red snapper and scallop mousseline, with lobster morsels and lemon grass lobster sauce; and Mont Blanc, a sweet chestnut dessert with blueberry gel and vanilla cream bavarois, inspired by the highest peak in the Alps.

2. Balcony Cabins

Not new, but worth repeating -- Sky Princess will have a huge number of balcony cabins, as do all the Royal-class ships. To be specific, a whopping 80 percent of cabins have balconies. (The rest are windowless inside cabins.) Whether you're looking for a basic room with a private veranda or a splashy suite, there will be plenty of balcony cabin options to suit your needs and budget.

3. Sky Suites

Sky Suite on Sky Princess (Image: Princess Cruises)
While on the subject of cabins and balconies, don't forget the new-to-Princess Sky Suites. Sky Princess will offer just two of these suites, which are notable for having the largest balconies of any cabin in the Princess fleet (947 square feet for the portside Sky Suite and 1,012 square feet for the starboard Sky Suite). The balconies will offer 270-degree views, including direct line of sight to the Movies Under the Stars screen, so you can enjoy a film without leaving your suite. It will also feature a dining table, day bed and lounge chairs, alfresco bar and outdoor TV.

Sky Suites offer 1,092 square feet of interior space and can sleep up to five with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an indoor living and dining area. Cruisers staying in a Sky Suite will have access to the Lotus Spa's Enclave, Sanctuary services on their balcony, enhanced ultimate balcony dining and a deluxe telescope for stargazing.

4. Pool and Sun Decks

Water-lovers will be pleased to know that Sky Princess will have a new, fourth pool not found on other Royal-class ships, plus more hot tubs. The main pool deck will have two deep-tank pools linked by sunken, communal seating, adjacent to dancing fountains, as well as more hot tubs than on the other Royal-class ships. Two of the Jacuzzis are cantilevered over the swimming pools. The adults-only Retreat Pool is the third swimming venue, and a new fourth pool, the infinity-style Wakeview pool, will be added to the back of the ship. In addition, the Sanctuary sun deck area is being reimagined and will offer twice as many cabanas as its sister ships.

5. Take Five Lounge

A first for the line, the Take Five Lounge is the spot for live jazz music on Sky Princess. Musicians will perform jazz standards, but will have the freedom to explore new riffs, while audience members can enjoy a drink at the bar or a chat in the venue's comfortable seating areas. Take Five takes over the space that is the Club 6 disco on Royal and Regal Princess and the VIP Gaming Room on Majestic Princess.

6. Escape Room

Phantom Bridge, The Escape Room on Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

Another first for the line is the fun-for-the-entire-family escape room experience, Phantom Bridge. The gamified escape room has more than 700 different outcomes and combines digital and physical elements for ultimate immersiveness. During each 23-minute session, participants will face several challenges and travel through various time periods as they race to solve puzzles, with the space transforming and responding to their actions. Phantom Bridge can be tailored to players of all ages, heights and physical abilities so parents, kids and grandparents can play together (up to six people at one time), and because there are so many possible outcomes players can come back more than once and never have the same experience.

7. Thermal Suite

The Enclave on Sky Princess (Image: Princess Cruises)
If you love to relax in a cruise ship thermal suite, the Enclave on Sky Princess will wow you as it's the line's biggest. On the heat side, the thermal suite will offer a hammam, a caldarium (an aromatherapy steam room) and the laconium (for dry heat). On the water side, the Enclave allows passengers to cool off in a hydrotherapy pool with built in rain shower and therapeutic air jets.

Find a Cruise

Popular on Cruise Critic

6 Cruise Ship Cabins to Avoid
You might expect loud noises, close quarters and crazy maneuvers in the dance club onboard your cruise ship -- but not in your cabin. Even if you don't plan to spend much time there, it should be a restful and private place so you can maintain that much-needed vacation stamina. To help you do so, we've compiled a list of cabins you'll want to avoid booking if closet-like dimensions or scraping chair sounds overhead aren't appealing to you. Heed our advice, and you might be feeling a bit less claustrophobic and a tad more refreshed come disembarkation.
Best Time to Cruise
It's one of the most common cruising questions: When is the best time to cruise Alaska, Australia, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Europe or the South Pacific? The answer depends on many variables. For example, fall foliage enthusiasts will find September and October the best time to cruise Canada/New England, whereas families prefer to sail in summer when temperatures are warmer for swimming. The best time to cruise to Alaska will vary depending on your preferences for viewing wildlife, fishing, bargain-shopping, sunshine, warm weather and catching the northern lights. For most cruise regions, there are periods of peak demand (high season), moderate demand (shoulder season) and low demand (low season), which is usually the cheapest time to cruise. High season is typically a mix of when the weather is best and popular travel periods (such as summer and school holidays). However, the best time to cruise weather-wise is usually not the cheapest time to cruise. The cheapest time to cruise is when most travelers don't want to go because of chillier temperatures or inopportune timing (too close to holidays, the start of school, etc.). But the lure of cheap fares and uncrowded ports might make you change your mind about what you consider the best time to cruise. As you plan your next cruise, you'll want to take into consideration the best and cheapest times to cruise and see what jibes with your vacation schedule. Here's a when-to-cruise guide for popular destinations.
8 Best Luxury Cruise Ships
The moment you step aboard a luxury cruise ship, a hostess is at your arm proffering a glass of bubbly while a capable room steward offers to heft your carry-on as he escorts you to what will be your home-away-from-home for the next few days. You stow your things (likely in a walk-in closet) and then emerge from your suite to get the lay of the ship. As you walk the decks, friendly crew members greet you ... by name. How can that be? You just set foot onboard! First-class, personalized service is just one of the hallmarks of luxury cruise lines. You can also expect exotic itineraries, varying degrees of inclusivity in pricing, fine wines and gourmet cuisine as well as universally high crew-to-passenger ratios. That being the case, you might think any old luxury cruise ship will do, but that's not quite true. Like people, cruise ships have their own unique personalities -- and some will be more suited to your vacation style than others. Lines like SeaDream might not offer the most spacious suites, but their intimate yachts can stealthily visit ports that large ships can't manage. Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises are owned by the same parent company but Regent offers a completely inclusive vacation experience, while Oceania draws travelers with a more independent streak. Take a look at Cruise Critic's list of best luxury cruise lines and ships to see which one resonates with you.
Onboard Credit: How to Get It, Where to Spend It
Free. Money. Are there two more beautiful words in the English language? While money doesn't grow on trees, increasingly it can be found somewhere else -- on the high seas. Call it an incentive, call it a bonus; whatever you want to call it, onboard credit lets you spend more freely with less guilt. You've paid your cruise fare, and now you can splurge on those enticing extras -- Swedish massage, specialty restaurant, an excursion to snorkel among shipwrecks -- without busting your budget. Not many need convincing as to why onboard credit -- money automatically deposited into your onboard account-- rocks, but finding out exactly how to get it and where you can spend it is a bit trickier. We found eight ways to hit the OBC jackpot and offer even more suggestions on how to burn through it, although you probably have your own ideas already.
13 Cruise Fees That Might Take You By Surprise
Like any vacation, cruising can come with good and bad surprises. Finding out your favorite specialty restaurant is bargain-priced for lunch or that spa treatments are discounted on port days might make you feel like you've discovered buried treasure. On the flipside, realizing you have to pay a $15 corkage fee to drink the wine you brought onboard or that the room service you ordered is saddled with a surcharge can be a real letdown. Despite the "all inclusive" lingo commonly used to describe cruises, all lines have "hidden" cruise fees. Additionally, each cruise line has its own policy when it comes to tipping, room service and more. Ordering bacon and eggs from your cabin might be free on one cruise line, but cost you on another. If you're under the impression something is included, having to pay can put a damper on your worry-free vacation mood and potentially leave your budget in a bind. So how do you prepare for fees that aren't as obvious? Here are 13 cruise fees that might take you by surprise.

Find a Cruise