Keel Laying Ceremony for Star Princess Marks Construction Milestone

The traditional keel laying ceremony marks the first major construction milestone for Star Princess, the second Sphere Class ship.

Keel Laying Ceremony for Star Princess Marks Construction Milestone

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Traditional Keel Laying Ceremony at Fincantieri Shipyard Marks Construction Milestone

Princess Cruises and the line’s partners at Fincantieri Shipyard today celebrated the beginning of construction of the second, sensational Sphere Class cruise ship with a keel laying ceremony for Star Princess.

The keel, the bottommost part of the ship and main foundation, is the first block of the vessel constructed. Star Princess’ 500-ton (1.1 million pound) keel was ceremoniously lowered by crane into position on the keel blocks in the dry dock, where the ship will remain until the float out. The computer-guided maneuver took only minutes, commencing the more than two million man-hours that will ultimately go into building the cruise ship.

Keel Laying Ceremony for Star Princess Marks Construction Milestone

Followed by a traditional blessing and ceremony, Princess and Fincantieri executives welded a Princess Medallion into the ship, believed to bring good luck to the vessel and all who sail on her.

“Our multi-decade shipbuilding collaboration continues to progress as we build spectacular ships that are enabled by the most advanced technology available while infusing magnificent Italian craftsmanship and respecting beautiful Princess design heritage,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president.

More on Star Princess

Star Princess joins her sister ship, Sun Princess, as the largest ships ever built for Princess at 175,500 tons and carrying 4,300 guests. The new ship is distinctly different and unique. Yet, it simultaneously embraces the Princess heritage and celebrates the romance of the sea by offering more dynamic, outward views.

While 20 percent larger than any of the line’s existing ships, Star Princess’ design retains more intimate settings. It will feature several new and ground-breaking spaces as well. These include 

  • The Dome, a transformational entertainment venue inspired by the terraces of Santorini.
  • Next-level Piazza, featuring a glass sphere.
  • “See it to believe it” Princess Arena, a configurable, technologically-advanced main theater.
  • A majestic, three-story dining room positioned aft of the ship to deliver unforgettable wake views.

Guests also will love the expanded accommodations options with luxurious staterooms and suites, elevating the art of relaxation and serenity. Star Princess guests can enjoy the exclusive Princess Experience, powered by the Medallion, delivering exceptional personalized experiences.

Star Princess makes her debut in August 2025, with cruises on sale now.

SOURCE Princess Cruises


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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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