December 20, 2011
The announcement was made both in an email to all affected passengers -- and on YouTube.
The 47,262-ton, 1,486-passenger ship will make its last voyage for P&O Cruises Australia on July 1, 2012. Passengers booked on cruises after that date will be offered alternatives on other ships in the fleet or a full refund. Carnival Australia, which owns P&O Cruises, has rapidly expanded its capacity in Australasia recently and now operates three P&O Cruises Australia ships (once Pacific Sun has gone), three Princess Cruises ships and from October 2012, Carnival Spirit. Pacific Sun is the oldest of the P&O Cruises Australia fleet and earlier this year hit the headlines when three cruises were cut short due to engine trouble.
--By Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor