Princess Cruises has taken delivery of its 18th ship, Sky Princess.

The 3,660-passenger, 143,000-ton vessel was officially handed over in an official ceremony at Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

It is the first purpose-built Princess MedallionClass ship, designed specifically for Princess’ wearable technology OceanMedallion.

Princess described the ship as “an evolution of the design platform used for its three sister ships”: Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess.

Sky Princess will have two ‘Sky Suites’, which sleep five guests and have the largest balconies at sea and are centrally located on the top decks with 270-degree panorama views.

Entertainment will include the Phantom Bridge escape room, while an enhanced Princess Theatre will debut production shows Rock Opera and 5-SKIES. For the first time, guests will be able to listen to live performances and enjoy after-parties in a jazz lounge Take 5.

Sky Princess’ inaugural cruise is a 7-day Mediterranean and Adriatic voyage, departing on October 20, 2019. She will sail a short season in the Mediterranean before repositioning to the Caribbean. The ship will return to Europe next year, sailing from Copenhagen to the Baltics and Russia.

President Jan Swartz said: “We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to our long-time shipbuilding partner Fincantieri who delivered Sky Princess to us today. As our new flagship in the fleet, Sky Princess represents the absolute best Princess Cruises has to offer our guests by connecting them with what matters most, unique destinations, loved ones, and new friends, while enjoying all the state-of the-art experiences in comfort and style.”

Princess Cruises is due to launch Enchanted Princess next year, and three additional ships in 2021, 2023 and 2025 – all will be MedallionClass ships.