Princess Cruises' Royal Princess, one of the industry's most revolutionary vessels when it debuted in 1984, will be leaving the fleet in May 2005. The 45,000-ton, 1,200-passenger ship was the first contemporary vessel to feature all-outside cabins -- and its high number of staterooms with private balconies was a relatively outrageous concept at the time of its launch.
Royal Princess won't travel far -- at least in a cruise industry sense -- as it will join the fleet of P&O Cruises, Princess' U.K.-based sister company. The ship will undergo a "conversion" to the line's style and be re-named Artemis. Details on onboard changes were not available today. Nor was a date for Royal Princess' final sailing under the Princess moniker.
In other Princess/P&O ship-swap news, P&O's Adonia -- which was originally launched as Princess' Sea Princess -- is, um, heading back to Princess. There it will be known, once again, as Sea Princess. The 77,000-ton, 2,016-passenger ship, which was transferred to P&O in April 2003 (along with Sun-class sibling Ocean Princess, now known as Oceana), was originally launched in 1998.
Oceana will stay put.
These ship reassignments are part of a larger effort by Carnival Corp., parent of both lines, to realign fleets. Other major ship news as a result of Carnival's maneuverings impact Cunard as well.
Princess and P&O are among the 12 different cruise lines owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. Others include:
Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, Windstar Cruises, AIDA, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Ocean Village, Swan Hellenic, and P&O Cruises Australia.
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Princess Plans To Wave Goodbye To Royal Princess
April 5, 2004