|In P&O Princess' second flip-flop this summer, the company now announces that Regal Princess, which was due to transfer out of the fleet in October 2006 -- heading to its new home at cousin cruise line Ocean Village -- will now stay put.|
The 70,000-ton, 1,590-passenger Regal Princess, built in 1991, has received its new deployment schedule. From fall 2006 through winter 2007, the ship will sail 10- to 19-day Panama Canal itineraries plus a handful of South America voyages, both in the Amazon and in the Andes.
Earlier this summer, Princess had announced it planned to deploy Dawn Princess to the Australian market beginning in October 2006. Dawn Princess was slated to replace Pacific Princess, which has, in the past few years, spent half a year serving the Australian market in that region, and another half in French Polynesia targeting the American market.
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Now, Pacific Princess will serve as the line's exotic pathfinder, cruising to regions including Australia/New Zealand and the Far East. The 30,277-ton, 680-passenger Pacific Princess, like its identical sibling Tahitian Princess, which sails year-round in French Polynesia, is an unusual ship for the line. Both are former members of the Renaissance fleet of R-series ships (the same ships used, for instance, by Oceania).
Dawn Princess, a member of the Sun class of ships (see our recent review of Sun Princess) will sail Mexican Riviera and Southern Caribbean itineraries. The ship, which measures 77,000 tons and carries 1,950 passengers, was launched in 1997.