Princess Plans To Wave Goodbye To Royal Princess

April 5, 2004

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.