Princess Cruises has announced the sale of Pacific Princess to an undisclosed buyer. The sale of the cruise ship is in line with a plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships.
It is the 16th of 19 ships planned to leave Carnival Corp. & PLC.
The History of the ‘Love Boat’
Pacific Princess first joined the Princess fleet in 2002, and originally entered service in 1999 as R3 for Renaissance Cruises. The boutique-style ship offered an intimate cruising environment, with a total of 670 passengers. It incorporated many of the dining and entertainment options available on the cruise line’s larger vessels.
The ship sailed 11 world cruises and offered distinctive itineraries to sought-after destinations all over the world. It was a favourite among loyal Princess cruisers.
“Pacific Princess holds so many memories and cherished experiences to all who sailed upon her,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “Pacific Princess offered a traditional style of cruising to unique destinations. While it’s difficult to say goodbye to our ‘Love Boat,’ our world cruise and exotic itineraries continue onboard our Medallion Class-enabled Island Princess and Coral Princess, featuring the best Wi-Fi at sea, allowing guests to keep in touch with loved ones and share memories along the way.”
What will happen to cruises on Pacific Princess?
Guests with bookings will be notified, and along with their travel agents. They will be receive information on how to book another Princess cruise when operations resume. Guests who prefer a refund will be accommodated.
What next for Pacific Princess?
One positive piece of news is that the ship has been sold. This means it has been saved from the scrapyard but it’s a waiting game to find out which company has purchased the vessel. There is speculation online that it may join it’s sister ships in the Azamara or Oceania fleets.
Azamara currently has three R Class ships and was recently bought by Sycamore Partners. Could this move include the addition of Pacific Princess?
It has been confirmed that Pacific Princess has been purchased by Sycamore Partners and will join the Azamara fleet!