Slated for delivery in October 2019, Princess Cruises' fourth Royal-class ship, the 3,560-passenger Sky Princess, will combine some of the line's Royal-class staple amenities with new-to-the-line features including new entertainment venues and cabin categories.
From a brand-new escape room to a late-night jazz theater, here are eight things you can look forward to on Sky Princess.
New to Princess Cruises, the Take Five Lounge will offer live jazz and a laid-back atmosphere for drinks and conversation. The new venue -- which replaces the Club 6 disco on Royal and Regal Princess and the VIP Gaming Room on Majestic Princess -- will offer dance classes during the day and crafted cocktail favorites from master mixologist Rob Floyd at night.
La Mer restaurant will offer French bistro-style fare and was created in partnership with 3-Michelin star chef Emmanuel Renault. The menu will feature dishes like red snapper and scallop mousseline, crispy escargots, seared duck breast and beef filet mignon. A curated wine list, created by Master Sommelier Doug Frost, will also be available.
There's also a brand-new cabin category onboard Sky Princess. Located at the top of the ship, the two Sky Suites will each accommodate up to five people and will offer 270-degree views, including a prime viewing location of Movies Under the Stars from the suite's balcony. These balconies will also be the largest in the Princess fleet at between 947 and 1,012 square feet. Each suite will also feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a dining area and come with a variety of special perks.
The ship's main pool deck will house two deep-water pools and more hot tubs than any other Royal-class ship. Two of the hot tubs will be cantilevered over the swimming pools. A third pool -- the Retreat Pool -- will be adults only, while a fourth pool -- the new-to-Princess Wakeview Pool -- will be infinity style and located at the back of the ship.
Sky Princess' main theater will be home to two all-new musical productions, including Rock Opera, a one-of-a-kind production featuring avant-garde costumes and a musical soundtrack spanning classic rock, opera and musical theater.
The Enclave on Sky Princess will be the largest thermal suite in the fleet, and will feature a hydro-therapy pool (complete with air jets and a built-in rain shower), a hammam, a caldarium (an aromatherapy steam room) and a laconium (for dry heat).
New to Princess Cruises will be Phantom Bridge, a family escape room experience with more than 700 different outcomes. This experience combines digital and physical elements and can be tailored to players of all ages, heights and physical abilities.
Sky Princess also will feature a completely redesigned adults-only Sanctuary that will offer twice as many private cabanas as its sister ships.
Sky Princess will cruise the Mediterranean starting October 2019, before repositioning to Fort Lauderdale in December 2019 for its inaugural Caribbean season. The ship will also employ the line's OceanMedallion technology and feature more than 25 restaurants and bars.