According to Princess Cruises, Enchanted Princess, their newest ship, has managed to complete its recent safety trials in the ocean near Italy. While the coronavirus pandemic has certainly slowed down many aspects of the delivery of new ships, the Enchanted Princess was still allowed to head to the sea to see how well it was able to handle certain elements of sailing.
What are these trials?
Sea trials are an indispensable step in getting a new cruise ship out to travelers. Once it is designed, prepared, and built, the captain must take the vessel out to the sea to see if it is able to perform at the level that it is expected to. These trials don’t have anything to do with the actual experience that the guests will have onboard the ship; instead, they are just meant to push the ship to its limit, test out its speed and steering, and to make sure that it can handle actually being on the ocean. With the Enchanted Princess having passed this, it is ready to move on to the next step of its delivery.
So what’s next?
As of right now, the ship has been confirmed safe, meaning that it has traveled back to its shipyard. It isn’t immediately ready to be sent over to Princess for commercial use, however. Some final touches need to be put on to the ship itself, and then it’s more or less in limbo. It was scheduled to have its inaugural sailing at some point this year, but there are currently no plans for it. With the ever-shifting pandemic situation, it is definitely possible it could still sail this year, but it’s just not certain.
Features of the Enchanted Princess
Even if there’s not a concrete date to mark on your calendars, we can still all get excited for the Enchanted Princess. It will be part of Princess’ Royal class of ships, which is its largest class. When it debuts, a total of 3660 guests and 1346 crew will fit onto the ship – that is, if there are no capacity reductions due to coronavirus. Some of the features that you can look forward to include a massive casino, more swimming areas than any other Princess ship, and the best selling point of all: the Sky Suite, which will be the largest balcony on any cruise ship…ever.
While none of us really know when the Enchanted Princess will debut, we do know that completing safety trials is a step in the right direction. We’re looking forward to its inaugural sailing!