Devotees of Princess Cruises' more "classic" ships can say goodbye to another -- Regal Princess, launched in 1991, will be transferred into Ocean Village, the (at this time) one-ship cruise line that's also part of the Carnival Corp. family of cruise lines. It's the second ship in the Princess fleet to head to the U.K.; the even more classic Royal Princess will depart next month for England where it will sail under the P&O banner as Artemis.
The 70,000-ton, 1,590-passenger Regal Princess will leave the fleet in October 2006. Until then, the ship will sail as scheduled, offering summer Alaska cruises from San Francisco, select Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal transitional season voyages, and winter trips to South America.
In its new incarnation, Regal Princess will become part of a cruise line that's carving out a niche in offering voyages for younger, hipper and more active adults. The ship will receive a major cosmetic overhaul before starting its new assignment, and join Ocean Village in November 2006. Itineraries have not been announced, but Ocean Village specializes in Mediterranean voyages during warm weather months and Barbados-based trips in the Caribbean during the winter.