$30 Million update for Sushi Restaurant, International Café and more
Princess Cruise Line's Sun Princess has just started an extensive $30 million dry-dock project at the Sembawang shipyard in Singapore. The two-week makeover will turn one of the classic Princess Sun-class ships into a modern but right-sized cruiser with all of the modern luxury amenities of a brand new cruise ship.
This class of ships from Princess is small and opulent - more like a Holland America ship than one of the newer Princess ships. The ship was built in 1995 and is a tiny 77,000 gross tons and carries only 2022 passengers with a crew of 900.
This facelift will give Sun Princess a sparkling new atrium with Princess' signature International Café for special coffees, gelato, fresh pastries and candies. The ship will also get a brand new sushi and seafood venue. Finally, the Horizon Court buffet will be remade in the style of the new Princess Horizon Bistros with special food stations instead of long buffet lines.
The ship's new International Café with offer expanded seating and new décor. A new dining venue, Kai Sushi, will serve up sushi and seafood. The Horizon Court will feature contemporary food service areas and action stations for live a la carte cooking as well as a special pastry shop and coffee bar, refreshed décor and expanded seating.
A sophisticated space designed especially for the ship's Sterling Steakhouse experience will also debut. The ship's top deck hamburger grill will be transformed into an al fresco barbeque venue, and the ice cream bar will add specialty coffee options.
The Lotus Spa will also get a thorough makeover with new décor and an expansion for more room.
Interested in watching the progress on the ship? Just check in to the online drydock journal to follow the dry-dock progress with regular photo updates each day through August 20 from behind-the-scenes. This rare "insider's" look will show all the hard work required to transform the ship interior with new furnishings and finishes, fresh hull paint and exterior refurbishment, and its new contemporary and Asian-style touches.
"Sun Princess debuted our first Japan-based cruise program earlier this year, and now the vessel will benefit from its time there with some new Asia-inspired elements as well as signature Princess features," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "We know from past projects that there is a great deal of interest in a dry-dock such as this, so we're again inviting the public to follow along as the ship is transformed."
The new features aboard Sun Princess add to the ship's current impressive array of dining and entertainment options plus signature innovations such as the popular Movies Under the Stars poolside theater and The Sanctuary, an exclusive top-deck retreat. The 77,000-ton Sun Princess carries 2,022 passengers and features a high number of staterooms with private balconies, a steakhouse, pizzeria, boutiques, and internet café among other amenities.
Once out of drydock, Sun Princess will set sail on a season of Asia and Australia cruises, before beginning a second season of Japan-based cruising in April 2014. In April 2008, Sun Princess was moved to Australia and sailed out of Sydney during the winter months, and from Melbourne during the summer months. For the 2008/2009 season the cruise program includes Australian circumnavigations, Fremantle - Malacca Straits return, Melbourne - New Zealand / South Pacific. She will also be sailing from Sydney as for Melbourne plus Whitsundays return, a Japan return itinerary, and an epic 75 night Grand Pacific trip. During summer whilst Sun Princess is operating out of Melbourne, she will be joined by Dawn Princess operating out of Sydney. Dawn Princess will also be permanently based in Australia from this time which is a change from Princess' original plans.
Starting this summer, 2013, Sun Princess has been sailing round-trip cruises from Tokyo, Japan marking the first of Princess Cruises deployments from there. In 2014, she will expand the Japan cruise program when it sails from Otaru, Hokkaido and Kobe. She will be joined by Diamond Princess which will replace her on Tokyo cruises at that time.