Princess Cruises has ticked off another major milestone in preparation of the launch of its newest ship, Sky Princess, by completing the ship’s sea trials.

The 3,660-guest Sky Princess set out to sea from a construction dock at Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, and was put through its paces with a series of manoeuvres to test the propulsion, steering and navigational equipment.

After six successful days of sea trials, the ship is now back in the shipyard where it will undergo further exterior and interior finishing in preparation for her maiden voyage on 20 October.

Following its debut cruise – a seven-day Mediterranean and Adriatic sailing – the ship will sail a short season in the region before heading to the Caribbean.

Sky Princess is an evolution of sister ships Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess and guests on board will find a number of enhancements.

Among the innovations are two new Sky Suites, home to the largest balconies at sea which provide a private vantage of the top deck Movies Under the Stars cinema screen as well as 270-degree panoramic views.

There is also new onboard entertainment, including jazz lounge Take Five, a redesigned Vista Lounge, an enchanted Princess Theatre and the recently announced Rock Opera.

Sky Princess

Other highlights include a redesigned adults-only Sanctuary area, featuring a new contemporary design, twice as many cabanas as its sister ships and updated lounge furniture.

Plus, there are more than 25 dining venues on board, including the World Fresh Marketplace and speciality restaurants Bistro Sur La Mer, Crown Grill Steakhouse and Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria.

Sky Princess will also be part of the Princess Medallion Class, where guests are given a complimentary OceanMedallion wearable device the same size as a 10p piece in order to receive an entirely new level of service.

These enhancements will also be found on board Enchanted Princess, due to launch in Southampton in June 2020.

For more information on the cruise line, read our Princess Cruises ship classes explained or visit princess.com.