At 14 stories high, nearly three football fields in length and displacing 77,000 tons, the Sun Princess will be the largest cruise ship afloat at the time of its debut Dec. 2. Other features of the 1,950-passenger ship include the largest number of private balcony cabins - more than 400; not one, but two showrooms; two main restaurants in asymmetrical design that includes small dining areas dispersed over three levels; and two atriums. Contact a travel agent or Princess Cruises, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90067.
Costa Cruises has announced that it has signed a contract with Germany's Bremer Vulkan group for a second new cruise ship to be delivered in June 1997. At 78,000-tons, with a passenger capacity of 2,100, the as-yet-unnamed vessel will be the largest in Costa's fleet of nine ships. The new ship will be deployed in the Mediterranean during the summer and the Caribbean during the winter. Also under construction at the Bremer Vulkan yard is the 75,000-ton, 1,950-passenger Costa Victoria, to be delivered to Costa in June 1996. Contact Costa Cruise Lines, World Trade Center, 80 SW Eighth Street, Miami, Fla. 33130-3097.
Sun Line is offering early booking savings of 33 percent per person on the Stella Solaris Christmas-New Year's sailing out of Fort Lauderdale to St. Barts, St. Maarten, Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Barbados and St. Croix. To take advantage of the offer, deposits must be made before Friday (Sept. 22). With the early booking discount, fares for the 11-day voyage begin at $1,722 per person, double. Departure is Dec. 22. Call 1-800-872-6400.