Among the new bells and whistles: Two Sky Suites will top the ship, housing up to five passengers each, and offering balconies that have 270-degree panorama views.
The private balconies, the largest offered by the line, will be 700 square feet and provide a private spot to watch the ship’s Movie Under the Stars screen.
Other new elements include an aft Wakeview pool, two deep-tank top-deck pools, a Retreat pool and more whirlpool tubs than on previous Royal Class ships, including ones cantilevered over the deep-tank pools. The ship will have twice as many private cabanas as its sister ships, and passengers will find a new cafe in the Princess Live venue.
The keel was laid for the 143,700-ton Sky Princess on July 5. It will carry 3,360 passengers and is set to sail in the Mediterranean in October and November 2019. Prices for an inside cabin start at $1,449 per person, double occupancy, for a seven-day voyage.
The sip is to reposition to the Caribbean in December 2019, with prices for a seven-day cruise starting at $749 per person, double occupancy.