New Sun Princess to feature Victorian Spellbound bar blending magic and mixology

When Princess Cruises’ new ship Sun Princess debuts in early 2024 she’ll feature a new social and entertainment venue called Spellbound by Magic Castle.

Created in collaboration with the Hollywood icon, the new space was designed to enhance the guest experience, and will blend the world of magic with the art of mixology in a Victorian setting.

Spellbound will be hidden behind a non-descript door amidst the ship’s public rooms and will offer feats of magic from world-class magicians, surprises in themed rooms and theatrical cocktails.

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“We are excited to introduce Spellbound by Magic Castle and take the art of magic around the world aboard the spectacular new Sun Princess,” said John Padgett, President, Princess Cruises.

“This collaboration with The Magic Castle takes entertainment into new dimensions with an extraordinary experience that combines the allure of magic with the thrill of cruising. Spellbound will become an iconic guest favorite on Sun Princess,” he added.

Spellbound will boast an ornate look that includes magical artifacts, vintage curiosities, and interactive special effects, capturing the essence of Hollywood’s Magic Castle in LA.

As guests move into Spellbound, they’ll first encounter the essence of the authentic Magic Castle including the Music Room adorned with eclectic artifacts and paintings.

In the Music Room, guests will meet the spirit of Isabella who will share her stories of sailing on Sun Princess.

The venue will also feature a vintage Parlor Bar featuring Artemis, the owl who is revealed through interaction with skilled illusionists, before entering the intimate 30-seat, Spellbound theater, to experience close-up magic that will blow guests’ minds.


“We are bringing some of the most authentic aspects of The Magic Castle in Hollywood to Sun Princess, complete with incredible magicians and illusionists, so that Princess guests can experience a taste of the world class magic that is showcased nightly at the Magic Castle,” said Erika Larsen, President, Magic Castle Enterprises.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in a magical experience typically reserved exclusively for members and their guests,” Larsen added.

Spellbound will make its debut onboard the Sun Princess in February 2024. More details about operating hours and pricing will be made at a later date.

Sun Princess is the cruise line’s first LNG-powered cruise ship and its largest to date. She will feature the cruise line’s first triple-deck main dining room and the most advanced theatre in the fleet, as well as a new-to-the-line Park 19 family activity zone, and 29 new and signature dining and lounge options.

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