Princess Cruises Postpones Delivery of Star Princess

Princess Cruises postpones the delivery of Star Princess until September 2025, cancelling nine inaugural sailings.

Princess Cruises Postpones Delivery of Star Princess

Princess Cruises and ship builder Fincantieri announce the mutual decision to postpone the delivery of the next Sphere Class ship, Star Princess. The ship will now debut approximately two months later.

Following a comprehensive review of the remaining construction milestones, both parties have elected to adjust the ship’s delivery date from July 29, 2025 to September 26, 2025. This change will result in the cancellation of the nine inaugural sailings.

“Despite our collective dedication and relentless pursuit to deliver the ship in late July, it has become evident that additional time is required to ensure the Star Princess is delivered to the highest standards expected by our guests,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises.

Princess Cruises Postpones Delivery of Star Princess

The new inaugural sailings of Star Princess will sail roundtrip from Barcelona and include an 11-day Mediterranean voyage on Oct. 4 and a 7-day Mediterranean voyage on Oct. 15. The ship will then sail a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 22 for the ship’s first Caribbean season. These three new cruises will open for sale on April 30, 2024.

Options for Impacted Guests

Impacted guests have the option to book any Princess cruise worldwide, including aboard the new Star, sister ship Sun Princess, or any other Princess ship. Guests who elect to rebook will receive future cruise- and onboard-credits depending on the cruise they select. 

Guests will also have the option to cancel and receive a full refund of the cruise fare.

Princess will protect travel agent commissions on all bookings that guests have already paid in full.

More on Star Princess

Star Princess is the second in the new Sphere Class of ships for Princess. Sister ship Sun Princess, built by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, debuted in February. This next level Love Boat features iconic and elegant Princess elements, while delivering an evolution of the brand.

New eye-catching features include The Dome, the cruise industry’s first geodesic feature on the top deck, and The Sphere, the suspended glass Sphere Piazza at the center of the cruise ship.

More details on both Sphere Class ships are available at


Are you surprised to hear that Princess Cruises postpones the delivery of Star Princess? Do you have plans to sail on this next-generation Princess ship? Drop us an anchor below to share your reviews of these new Sphere Class ships.

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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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