Princess Cruises confirms it has sold the Pacific Princess cruise ship to an undisclosed buyer. This is now the third ship the cruise line has disposed of due to the global pandemic’s impact.
Pacific Princess is Sold
Parent company Carnival Corporation continues to offload cruise ships, and the latest one is the Pacific Princess from Princess Cruises. The cruise line confirmed on Thursday that the ship has been sold to an undisclosed buyer. It’s unknown if the buyer will sell it on for scrap or the ship will keep sailing in the future.
Guests who had a booking on Pacific Princess will be notified by the cruise line about their options. They’ll be able to book a future cruise or receive a full refund.
Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president, said:
“Pacific Princess holds so many memories and cherished experiences to all who sailed upon her.”
“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 vacation memories along the way.”
Pacific Princess is now the third ship in the fleet to be let go directly due to the pandemic and the suspension on operations. In September 2020, the cruise line announced that Sun Princess and Sea Princess had been sold. Sun Princess was purchased by Peace Boat, and Sea Princess was purchased by Sanya International Cruise Development based in China.
She Will be Missed
Surprisingly Pacific Princess was not the oldest ship in the fleet but definitely the smallest at over 30,200 gross tons. She was the perfect ship for a more intimate style of cruising and able to call at ports that the much larger ships could not.
She first joined Princess Cruises in 2002, but before becoming part of Carnival’s cruise brand, she sailed for R3 for Renaissance Cruises. Pacific Princess has sailed more than 1.6 Million nautical miles, 11 World Cruises, and offered distinctive itineraries to sought-after destinations all over the world.
The vessel has also sailed for sister brand P&O Australia until 2007. She’s most recently been on hold due to the suspension of operations, but hopefully, she will be cruising again under her new owner.
Pacific Princess has a guest capacity of 670 along with over 300 international crew members. She was built at the popular Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France.