(9 a.m. EDT) -- Princess Cruises' fifth Royal Class cruise ship, debuting in June 2020, will be named Enchanted Princess, the cruise line announced today.
The ship, which is under construction at Fincantieri's Monfalcone shipyard in Italy, will hold 3,660 passengers and come in at 143,700 tons. It will join Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess (debuting in 2019) in the cruise line's Royal Class. A sixth, to-be-named, Royal Class ship also will debut in 2021.
"The name Enchanted Princess is captivating and conveys the elegance and grace of our new ship, which will introduce more travelers to the pleasures and value of cruising," Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz said in a news release.
Like its classmates, Enchanted Princess will feature multiple restaurants, a variety of cabin options, Movies Under The Stars and a Seawalk, a glass-floored walkway that arcs out over the side of the ship, allowing passengers to look straight down to the sea below. Princess says the ship also will offer a range of new features, and Enchanted Princess will offer a Sky Suite cabin category. These cabins will be 1,565 square feet (including balcony space) and offer 270-degree panorama views.
Bookings for Enchanted Princess open November 8, 2018. The ship is due to sail a series of European voyages when it debuts June 15, 2020.
Princess has five new-ship orders on the books, with two Liquefied Natural Gas-powered ships scheduled to launch in 2023 and 2025. These ships will be the largest in the Princess fleet, accommodating 4,300 passengers each.
--By Colleen McDaniel, Senior Executive Editor