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New Princess Sails into Caribbean

Santa Clarita-based cruise line Princess Cruises has revealed the newest ship to join its global fleet. The Enchanted Princess set sail for the first time earlier this month and will be honored with an official naming ceremony by the end of the year.

“Introducing our newest ship – Enchanted Princess – is a significant milestone for Princess and we look forward to the first guests experiencing all this gorgeous ship has to offer,” John Padgett, Princess Cruises president, said in a statement. “Enchanted Princess is our seventh ship to enter service since the global pause, signifying our successful path forward, with many loyal and new guests ready to sail with us and our teammates ready to deliver meaningful and memorable vacations at an incredible value.”

The ship is a 145,000-ton, 1,083-foot long vessel offering “an elevation” of the cruise line’s style, according to a company statement. Enchanted Princess is equipped with 25 bars and restaurants, multiple hot tubs, two deep-tank pools as well as a spa, movie theaters, a Vegas-style casino and several on-board stores. Its 1,830 guest cabins can accommodate 3,660 passengers, as well as 1,346 crew members.

In addition, the upgraded 19-deck vessel includes MedallionClass services, which allows for contact-free staggered boarding and expedited service on board, as well as enhanced wi-fi capabilities allowing for guests to work from sea.

The ship’s inaugural cruise season began Nov. 10, with a series of 10-day Caribbean itineraries, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. before heading to Europe. Ticket prices begin at $799 per guest.

On Sept. 25, Princess Cruises became the first cruise line to resume service from the Port of Los Angeles since passenger cruises shut down early last year. In October, when the Majestic Princess arrived in San Francisco for an overnight port call, it was the first cruise ship to bring guests back to San Francisco since the industry paused in March of last year.

A special naming ceremony celebration for the Enchanted Princess will be broadcast on Dec. 13, on Princess Cruises’ social media channels.


Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert is a Los Angeles-based reporter covering retail, hospitality and philanthropy for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. In addition to her current beat, she is particularly interested in criminal justice topics, health and science stories and investigative journalism. She received her AA in Humanities from Moorpark College in 2016, her BA in Communication from Cal Lutheran University in 2019 and followed it up with a MA in Specialized Journalism from USC in the summer of 2020. Through her work, Katherine aspires to help strengthen the fragile trust between members of the media and the public.

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