In the opulent realm of maritime travel, where the ocean’s vastness embraces human luxury and adventure, Princess Cruises has unfurled an announcement that is setting hearts aflutter among pleasure voyagers and game enthusiasts alike. The illustrious cruise line has unveiled plans for the debut of its grandest vessel yet, the Sun Princess, a $1 billion marvel of modern engineering and splendor, destined to embark on its maiden voyage come the early days of February 2024.
As it nears final touches of craftsmanship in the famed Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, this leviathan of the seas stands ready to redefine the cruising experience with an array of awe-inspiring features. And among these, the Sun Princess boasts a crowning jewel: the largest casino ever to grace the decks of a Princess Cruises ship.
The soon-to-be-launched Princess Casino is a gambler’s paradise, with a sprawling casino floor that eclipses those of the line’s Royal Class of ships by a staggering 50%. Brimming with opportunity, the casino will house 30% more gaming positions, beckoning both seasoned players and novices alike to test their luck and skill.
John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises, conveyed his enthusiasm with an air of infectious anticipation. “Casino lovers, high rollers, or simply those wanting to try a hand during their vacation will be stunned by the new Princess Casino onboard the Sun Princess,” he declared. “Princess has embraced the casino experience and is proud to offer such exciting gaming surrounded by absolutely world-class dining and entertainment.”
The Princess Casino will command a significant presence aboard the vessel, located on deck eight, adjacent to the Piazza – the ship’s beating heart and grand atrium. This “stunning centerpiece” promises to be a hub of conviviality and elegance.
Set to be a lavish enclave of chance, the casino floor will span nearly 9,000 square feet, featuring 227 slot machines and 13 live dealer table games, crafted to invite luck and celebration. Encapsulating the essence of opulence, the casino includes a high-limit slot area with plush, high-end seating – an invitation to indulge in the splendor of risk and reward.
Upon reaching the liberating expanse of international waters, where gaming finds its legal embrace, the casino will come alive. Backed by the regulatory oversight of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), modeled after the meticulous standards of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, gaming aboard the Sun Princess will offer an experience both secure and exhilarating.
The roster of pursuits within the Sun Princess Casino is as diverse as it is captivating, offering linked blackjack and poker table game progressives, slot progressives, and a Buffalo Zone at sea – a seafaring first that assembles an array of the Buffalo-branded slots. For a touch of nostalgic romance, the casino will also feature a new iteration of the beloved Love Boat slot game, paying homage to the cherished rom-com television saga.
Beyond the siren call of the casino, the Sun Princess is an architectural marvel in its own right. This floating citadel spans 1,133 feet from bow to stern, rises high with 21 decks, and offers sanctuary to guests in 2,150 cabins. Venturers aboard can indulge in an array of pastimes, from the thrilling ropes course and splash pad to the Sea Breeze Rollglider – a breathtaking contraption that lends guests the sensation of hang-gliding over the vessel, drinking in the panoramic seascape.
With a series of inaugural voyages charted towards the sun-drenched Mediterranean, the historic ports of Europe, and the crystal waters of the Caribbean, the Sun Princess is poised to redefine what it means to voyage in extravagance. This $1 billion dream at sea beckons you to its embrace, promising a journey etched in luxury, leisure, and the thrill of the game.