Hotel General Manager Simona Stumberger
Honored as Madrina of Sun Princess
CLARITA, Calif., March 8,
2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Princess Cruises, the world's
most iconic cruise brand that delivers dream vacations to millions
of guests every year, celebrated a momentous construction milestone
with the float out of the cruise line's bespoke,
next-generation ship - Sun Princess - at the Fincantieri Shipyard
in Monfalcone, Italy.
Following the Italian shipyard's tradition, the float out is
marked by a special ceremony where a "Madrina" is named to offer
blessings and best wishes for the vessel, celebrating the flow of
water into the ship's building dock. Princess Cruises Hotel General
Manager Simona Stumberger was
selected to serve in this special role as an ambassador for
Princess, because she epitomizes professionalism and always
delivers service with a smile.
A native of Slovenia where
Stumberger studied hospitality management, she began her career at
sea in the bar department and further diversified her hotel
experience by working in guest services, and hand in hand with the
hotel and food and beverage divisions. Stumberger has been with
Princess Cruises for nearly five years.
"Simona is the ideal candidate to serve as Madrina of our newest
ship, Sun Princess, because she embodies all the best qualities
that our company has to offer – an unwavering commitment to
service, hospitality and friendliness," said John Padgett, president of Princess
Cruises. "Sun Princess will usher in an exciting new era for
our company and the industry, and we can't think of a better person
to serve in this important role."
The float out completes the first comprehensive phase of
construction for Sun Princess which now transitions to focus on
building the ship's interiors.
Princess also announced that it has appointed Gennaro Arma as captain, leading Sun Princess
shipbuilding operations, readiness and delivery, and overseeing the
ship's final stages of construction, working closely with brand's
naval architects, engineers and shipbuilding experts, as well as
the shipyard management team.
The 175,500-ton, 4,300-guest Sun Princess will offer an array of
exciting new dining, entertainment and activity offerings, as well
as luxurious staterooms and suites across a broad spectrum of
categories. The ship will be highlighted by amazing,
never-before-seen spaces such as The Dome, a transformational
entertainment venue inspired by the terraces of Santorini, the
next-level, brand-iconic Piazza, and three-story Horizons Dining
Room that are sure to have everyone talking.
In addition, Sun Princess has been designed to improve energy
efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Sun Princess sustainability
Fuel and Energy Management
- Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as the primary fuel and the first
ship in the Princess fleet to be powered by LNG. This cleaner
burning fuel will significantly reduce air emissions and marine
gas-oil to minimize the cruise line's environmental footprint. With
a capacity of 4,000m3
sufficient for almost 9 days sailing at service speed. The
secondary fuel is marine gas-oil so no heavy or intermediate fuel
oil will be carried on board.
- Two shore power connections, also known as "cold ironing," on
both the port and starboard side of the vessel to enable the ship
to turn off the engines and connect to local electric power to run
all onboard services during day-long calls in various ports. Sun
Princess is outfitted with custom-built electrical connection
cabinets that automatically connect the ship's electrical network
to the local electrical network ashore, reducing air emissions in
the ports that support shore power.
- Another first for Princess to supply sustainable power and
better maneuverability to save fuel, Sun Princess will be outfitted
with two Azipod propulsions for forward and backward movements and
the four largest Controllable Pitch Propellers, known as bow
thrusters, on the market for sideways navigation.
- All Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS) installed for waste.
MAGS is the world's most compact, efficient and environmentally
safe technology to convert a variety of combustible materials into
thermal energy – energy that can be used in other systems
- Food waste management designed with distributed and centralized
bio-digesters and dehydrators as a clean alternative to recycle
food waste and reduce use of landfills.
Inaugural 2024 Sun Princess cruises to the Mediterranean
and Europe are currently on sale.
More ship information and images can be found at
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available
through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS
(1-800-774-6237) or by visiting the company's website at
About Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises is The Love Boat, the world's most iconic cruise
brand that delivers dream vacations to millions of guests every
year in the most sought-after destinations on the largest ships
that offer elite service personalization and simplicity customary
of small, yacht-class ships. Well-appointed staterooms, world class
dining, grand performances, award-winning casinos and
entertainment, luxurious spas, imaginative experiences and
boundless activities blend with exclusive Princess MedallionClass
service to create meaningful connections and unforgettable moments
in the most incredible settings in the world - the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera,
Europe, South America, Australia/New
Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia,
England, Antarctica, and World Cruises. The company is part of
Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).
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