PORT EVERGLADES, Florida. – Princess Cruises newest cruise ship, Enchanted Princess, sailed from its home port of Port Everglades Thursday morning as crew members prepare for guest voyages in November.
“This is the third new ship to arrive in the last few months, starting with the Apex, then the Odyssey of the Seas and, of course, the Enchanted Princess today,” said Jonathan Daniels, director. general and port manager of Port Everglades.
According to a press release from Port Everglades, Enchanted Princess was delivered to Princess Cruises from a shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, almost a year ago.
The first passenger cruise is scheduled for Nov. 10 from the ship’s winter home port in Port Everglades.
The 145,000-ton enchanted princess can accommodate 3,660 guests.
The Enchanted Princess now expands Princess Cruises’ global fleet of MedallionClass vessels and a portable “OceanMedallion” device will help make passenger vacations easier, “by providing highly personalized service and enabling interactive, touchless experiences and entertainment. The press release said.
Passengers will also be able to take advantage of ‘expedited boarding; delivery of food, beverage, retail and on-demand services; keyless cabin entry; contactless payment; friend and family locator; anywhere to bet; interactive games; and live movies / TV on the go.
The ship has over 25 bars and restaurants to provide plenty of options for eating and drinking.
Passionate cruisers Jeffery and Donna Grosky came to port on Thursday to get their first glimpse of the new ship, which they will sail on at the end of November.
The Groskys have been on 42 cruises in total, of which around 22 are with Princess Cruises.
“We are just delighted to be back on cruise,” said Donna Grosky.
“It’s been a long time,” added Jeffery Grosky.
The cruise industry has been among the hardest hit during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It has been a long process. No one thought we would be here 18 months after it all started with the pandemic in March 2020, ”Daniels said.
But signs of a rebound are on the horizon with the arrival of new ships in ports and more and more ships setting to sea.
“The way the industry has handled it and the lines have handled it has been absolutely fantastic, putting their contingency plans in place, while continuing to build these huge assets,” Daniels said.
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