It’s a first for the premium cruise brand – Princess has revealed new family rides on the Sun Princess after guests demand for more family-oriented activities.
There will be six rides, never seen before on any other Princess ship, which will debut on the first Sphere Class ship in February 2024.
Typically known as a brand for couples and older cruisers, it appears the cruise line is making a move towards attracting younger families who typically book seven to 14-night voyages.
“Park19 as the name suggests is a new space created for all our guests, including activities to bring together multi-generational travel families in a location with spectacular views and fun outdoor activities for all,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president.
“The new area was tailored based on guest feedback for more family and group activities spaces.”
The play area will be on the top decks of the first ship from the Sphere Class and has the first Rollglider on a cruise ship. The ride uses an overhead track and guests and are seated and harnessed to the electric ride which can reach speeds of up to 17kph.
Here is what else you’ll find on the Sun Princess
Inspired by the dream of hang gliding but in a safe environment, the Sea Breeze is the first Rollglider on a cruise ship and takes guests high above to enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and breathtaking ports of call. Using an overhead track, guests are seated and harnessed to this electric ride which reaches speeds of up to 17kph.
The climbing structure ascends from decks 19 to 20 through a series of obstacles. Once at the top, guests can take in the views before sliding back down to the bottom.
At the top of the climbing structure, guests can make their way to The Lookout open-air observation deck to take in stunning 360º views from the highest point available to guests onboard Sun Princess.
Harnessed above deck 19, guests are challenged to trek across unstable bridges, a z-shaped balance beam and climb cargo nets.
For those who love heights, leaning tilt walls cantilevered over the side of the ship allow guests to peer out from deck 19 and look down to deck nine and beyond.
A whimsical splash area with pop jets and a beautiful water sculpture offer a refreshing and relaxing area to chill.
From ping pong, shuffleboard, Xponential Fitness classes and morning meditation, a rotation of sports and wellness options will be offered to guests in this multifunction sports court.
The Sun Princess will also have Youth and Teen Centres located on decks six and seven. These complimentary areas include:
For the youngest Princess guests, this imaginative space, located on deck six, invites youngsters ages six months to seven years old and their families to explore, play and socialize. This family centre is a place to play together or drop kids off for a program of art projects, theme parties and group games. Firefly Park also invites families with babies and toddlers, ages six months to three, to crawl and engage their senses with a dedicated play area. After hours group babysitting is available from 10 pm – 1 am for $5 per hour, for ages three – 12.
Neon Grove (tweens) and The Underground (teens)
Located on deck seven, two separate areas offer an inviting space for tweens and teens to hang out, socialize, and just have fun. Both spaces feature colorful, comfy sofas and chairs for lounging, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch gaming consoles, plus air hockey, foosball, and skeeball. Program activities for these age groups include ship scavenger hunts, movie nights, friendly competitions, and dance parties.