Carnival Corp. on Monday announced that Sun Princess and Sea Princess have been sold to undisclosed buyers and will leave the Princess Cruises’ fleet.
“Sun Princess and Sea Princess contributed to significant growth in Australian cruising,” said Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz. “Both ships defined the premium cruise experience with Australians and New Zealanders spending close to 14 million nights aboard these ships. While it is never easy to say goodbye to any ship in our fleet, this will allow us to deploy newer ships enhancing our offerings for Australia cruisers and focus on bringing into service exciting newbuilds like the upcoming delivery of Enchanted Princess.”
Because of the sales, Sun Princess sailings from Dec. 28, 2020 through Aug. 14, 2021 and Sea Princess sailings from Dec. 23, 2020 through Nov. 9, 2021 have been cancelled. Travel advisors are their guests have been notified of the cancellations.
Sun Princess had been sailing for Princess since 1995, debuting as the first ship in the cruise line’s Sun Class. It originally sailed Alaska and Panama Canal cruises prior to moving to Australia in 2007. It then helped Princess grow its Japanese market share in 2013, becoming the first foreign-flagged cruise ship to offer sailing specifically for Japanese guests.
Sea Princess, which had sailed six World Cruses since 2013 for Princess, has sailed in Europe, Alaska, and the Caribbean for Princess. It also served as Princess’ homeport Barbados ship in the mid to late 2000s.