Princess Cruises has confirmed in communication to travel agents that two cruise ships have been sold which is in-line with Carnival Corp’s announcement of a total of 18 vessels being disposed of.
Two Princess Cruise Ships Sold
Princess Cruises which is owned by the Carnival Corporation has revealed to travel agents that two of its ships have been sold. Sea Princess and Sun Princess are the two ships leaving the fleet.
In the notice sent out, the cruise line said, “We are writing to share the news that Sea Princess and Sun Princess have been sold and will be leaving our fleet. While it is never easy to say goodbye to any ship in our fleet, the sale of these ships will allow us to deploy newer ships enhancing our offerings for Australia cruisers.”
These will be the first two Princess cruise ships to be let go due to the current global situation and the suspension on cruise operations. As parent company Carnival announced just days ago, a total of 18 ships are being disposed of. Ships are being sold to other lines or for scrap which we’ve seen from other cruise brands already.
The older and less efficient vessels are being sold or scrapped to help cruise lines ride out these bad times. When cruises do resume, ships will likely sail at reduced capacity and there will initially be lower demand. We’ve already posted about sister cruise line Carnival Cruise Line announcing that two more Fantasy-class cruise ships have been sold for scrap.
Princess went on to say to travel agents “Since you have guests currently booked on this future sailing on Sun Princess, we regret that we must cancel the bookings of your clients”.
According to our Cruise Ship Tracker, the Sea Princess is currently located off the coast of Singapore and Sun Princess is anchored off the Singapore east coast along with several other vessels. The ships have remained on hold as Princess Cruises has currently suspended operations in the region through December 12, 2020.
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The 2,000 passenger Sea Princess was deployed to Australia and once cruises got going again was scheduled to sail from a range of cities from the country. The ship is currently the second oldest in the fleet and made her debit for the cruise line in 1998. Sea Princess is 77,499 gross tons and has 1,008 guest cabins. She was last refurbished in November 2017.
Sun Princess is the oldest ship in the fleet and made her debut in 1995. She was scheduled to offer cruises out of Australia, Vancouver, and Los Angeles once operations restarted. However, that will no longer be the case. The ship is 77,441 gross tons and has a guest capacity of 2,000. She was last refurbished in July 2018.
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All eyes will be on the two cruise ships to see if they have been sold to another cruise line or sold for scrap. They could be joining other cruise ship that have recently arrived at the Aliaga ship breaking facility in Izmir, Turkey for scrapping.
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