The Luxury Travel Bible - LUXURY CRUISE: Sun Princess


Award-Winning Actress & Performer Hannah Waddingham will become the official Godmother of Princess Cruises’ newest “Love Boat” Sun Princess. The star-studded naming ceremony will take place at the Port of Barcelona on April 23, 2024. 

The start of Ted Lasso will join an esteemed group of previous Princess Godmothers including Diana, Princess of Wales (Royal Princess, 1984), Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales (Royal Princess, 2013); Audrey Hepburn (Star Princess, 1989); Sophia Loren (Crown Princess, 1990); Martha Stewart (Crown Princess, 2006).


‘We’re delighted to welcome the illuminous and elegant Hannah Waddingham to serve as Godmother for our sensational new Sun Princess,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. ‘Just like Sun Princess, she exudes sophistication, beauty and wonderment through her inspiring work as a talented and award-winning actress and performer. We’re truly honoured Hannah will officially name our most impressive, luxurious and stunning Love Boat ever created, and join an esteemed group of Princess Godparents including members of the Royal family.’

The new 4,300-guest Sun Princess introduces an innovative new ship platform designed exclusively for the iconic cruise brand. The Dome is a groundbreaking geodesic, glass-enclosed structure at the top of the ship inspired by the terraces of Santorini. It is both multilevel and multipurpose: pool by sunlight, stage for shows by starlight. It features acrobatic performances created in partnership with the renowned Cirque Éloize.


Sun Princess’ diverse range of accommodations will suit every guest with more than 1,500 cabins with balcony views, Sun Princess’ re-imagined staterooms new Cabana Mini-Suites with extra space for secluded outdoor relaxation.

Sun Princess offers an extraordinary cruise experience with 30 restaurant and bar venues with several celebrity collaborations. a three-story dining room with endless aft views, inaugural menus have been created in collaboration with the Culinary Institute of America. Sun Princess also features the cruise line’s largest casino, two-story Lotus Spa, and an expanded retail environment with more than 200 premium brands. 

Rooted in sustainability, Sun Princess is the first LNG (liquefied natural gas) vessel for the cruise line, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and features ingenious energy recovery systems for eco-conscious cruising. 

Sun Princess officially started the inaugural cruise season on February 28, 2024, and currently is sailing a series of Mediterranean voyages before debuting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in October for the ship’s first Caribbean season.  

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 Sarah Bryans, 11/04/2024
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