All about the Princess Cruises Sun Princess

Princess Cruises Sun Princess cruise ship
Princess Cruises Sun Princess

The Princess Cruises Sun Princess is a fairly new ship, being built in 2024. It's considered a large size ship. Coming in at 1,133 ft long and 126 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 3.1 football fields, as wide as 2.4 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 21-story building. Sun Princess is the first in a whole new class of cruise ship for Princess Cruises. It's the 3rd ship to be sailing under the Sun Princess name.

Sun Princess Overview

Sun Princess Size and Passengers

The Sun Princess can hold 4,300 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Sun Princess has a space ratio of 41. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.

Princess Cruises
Sun Princess
Gross Tonnage175,500
Passenger Decks21
Passengers (double occupancy)4,300
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.7
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)41
Princess Cruises Sun Princess Space Ratio
30 41 52

The Sun Princess is one of two Sphere-class ships currently sailing with Princess Cruises. Sphere-class ships are Princess Cruise Line's newest and most innovative ships. They're powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) which is a cleaner burning fuel. They're the largest ships in Princess' fleet. The Sun Princess is very similar to its sister-ships; Star Princess, although each ship may have some differences.

Sun Princess Food and Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Princess Cruises Sun Princess. You have 17 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 3 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 14 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 18% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Alfredo's PizzeriaSit downIncludedPizza
Crown GrillSit downFlat feeSteakhouse
GelateriaQuick serveA la cartIce cream
International CafeQuick serveA la cartCoffee
Kai Sushi by MakotoSit downFlat feeSushi
Lido DiningQuick serveFlat feeAmerican
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedMain dining room
O'Malleys Irish PubSit downA la cartBar food
Reserve Collection RestaurantSit downExclusiveAmerican
Sabatini'sSit downFlat feeItalian
Signature RestaurantSit downExclusiveAmerican
Spellbound by Magic CastleSit downFlat feeDinner and Show
Spellbound by Magic CastleSit downFlat feeDinner and Show
The Butcher's Block by DarioSit downFlat feeSteakhouse
The Catch by RudiQuick serveFlat feeSeafood
Umai TeppanyakiSit downFlat feeAsian
World Fresh MarketplaceBuffetIncludedBuffet

In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Princess Cruises serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship.

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. Alcohol is not included in the base price of this cruise ship. To see if you would save money with a drink package, try our Drink Package Calculator.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Sun Princess

The main pool on the Sun Princess
The main pool on the Sun Princess

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Princess Cruises Sun Princess has a total of 5 pools and 11 hot tubs. 1 of the pools and 1 of the hot tubs are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.

Princess Cruises
Sun Princess
Total Pools5
- Pools - General Access4
- Pools - Adults Only
- Pools - Exclusive1
Total Hot Tubs11
- Hot Tubs - General Access10
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive1

Sun Princess Features and Activities

There are quite a few things to do on the Sun Princess. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Princess Cruises
Sun Princess
Adults-only area (additional fee)Flat fee
Afternoon TeaIncluded
Art AuctionsIncluded
CasinoA la cart
Fitness CenterIncluded
Jogging TrackIncluded
Pool-side MoviesIncluded
Ropes courseIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Sports CourtIncluded

Cruise Costs

Princess Cruises is a premium cruise line. Premium cruise lines typically offer upscale food, accommodations, and service. These typically cost about $150 - $400 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year. Typically newer ships cost more, so a cruise on Princess Cruises Sun Princess will likely cost more than other ships in the fleet.

Sun Princess Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Princess Cruises ship.

Princess Cruises
Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services18%
Soda Price$2.50
Domestic Beer Price$6.25
Drink Package Price$59.99
Internet Plan$24.99 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

Princess Cruises offers two packages to bundle onboard expenses. The Princess Plus package includes daily gratuities, the basic beverage package, 2 fitness classes, 2 casual dining meals, and internet for $60 per day per guest. The Princess Premier package upgrades to the premiere beverage package, wifi for up to 4 devices per guest, two specialty dining meals, unlimited casual dining meals, unlimited fitness classes, and a photo package for $80 per guest per day.

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