|This article is outdated. (November 2013)|
Sun Princess docked at the Kings Wharf, Suva, Fiji Islands
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Operator:||Princess Cruise Line|
|Port of registry:|| Bermuda (2004-present)
United Kingdom (2000-2004)
|Yard number:||Monfalcone 5909|
|Completed:||26 June 1995|
|Maiden voyage:||2 December 1995|
|Identification:||Call sign: ZCBU6
IMO number: 9000259
MMSI no.: 310438000
|Class & type:||Sun class|
|Length:||261.31 m (857.3 ft)|
|Beam:||32.25 m (105.8 ft)|
|Draught:||8.10 m (26.6 ft)|
|Decks:||14 (10 passenger)|
|Deck clearance:||32.08 m (105.2 ft)|
|Installed power:||Diesel-electric 28,000 kW|
|Speed:||22.40 knots (41.48 km/h; 25.78 mph)|
Sun Princess is a Sun class cruise ship built in 1995 and operated by Princess Cruises line. At the time of her construction, she was one of the largest cruise ships in the world. She is the lead ship of her class that includes sister ships Dawn Princess, Sea Princess and the P&O ship, Oceana.
Since November 2007, Sun Princess has been seasonally based at Sydney, Australia. Cruises offered from that time circumnavigations Australia, circumnavigations New Zealand, and visits to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. In 2012 she will offered her first World Cruise.
In April 2008,Sun Princess was based in Australia operating out of Sydney during the winter months, and from Melbourne during the summer months. For the 2008/2009 season the cruise program includes Australian circumnavigations, Fremantle - Malacca Straits return, Melbourne - New Zealand / South Pacific. She will also be sailing from Sydney as for Melbourne plus Whitsundays return, a Japan return itinerary, and an epic 75 night Grand Pacific trip. During summer whilst Sun Princess is operating out of Melbourne, she will be joined by Dawn Princess operating out of Sydney. Dawn Princess will also be permanently based in Australia from this time which is a change from Princess' original plans.
Beginning summer 2013, Sun Princess will sail round-trip cruises from Tokyo, Japan marking the first of Princess Cruises deployments from there. In 2014, she will expand the Japan cruise program when it sails from Otaru, Hokkaido and Kobe. She will be joined by Diamond Princess which will replace her on Tokyo cruises at that time.
Sun Princess was the ship on which the television show The Love Boat: The Next Wave starring Robert Urich was filmed. She made the news in October, 2007 as the largest ship to ever cross beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge while entering the harbor for the first time, with a vertical clearance of approximately 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) to spare at low tide.
Accidents and incidents
In October 2013, a 73 year old man disappeared from the Sun Princess which was sailing from Western Australia to Darwin. The man was reported missing by his wife.
A search was conducted approximately 40 nautical miles north of Cape Londonderry.
NT News reports that the cruise ship was joined by patrol ship HMAS Maryborough, and three aircraft were involved in an aerial search. Although the weather was good, the missing passenger was not rescued or his body located.
The Sun Princess cruise ship was sailing on a 16-day cruise from Fremantle to Sydney.
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- "Sun Princess Docks at Darling Harbor". ABC. October 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-29.
- Princess Cruises website
- CruiseCritic.com review
- View Sun Princess cruises in Google Maps and Google Earth
- Media related to Sun Princess at Wikimedia Commons