Sun-class cruise ship

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This article is about the cruise ship class. For the class of steam locomotives, see GWR Sun Class.
Dawn Princess 01.jpg
Dawn Princess in Ketchikan, Alaska
Class overview
Name: Sun Class
Builders: Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.
Operators: Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises
Succeeded by: Grand class
Cost: US$380 million
Built: 1995–2003
Planned: 4
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Class and type: Sun Class
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 77,741
Length: 260.0 metres (856 feet)
Beam: 32.2 metres (106 feet)
Draught: 7.9 metres (26 feet)
Decks: 16 (10 public-accessible)
Propulsion: 4 Sulzer Diesel engines driving 2 shafts
Speed: 21.4 knots
Complement: 900 crew, 1,950–2,272 passengers
Sun-class bow insignia on MV Sea Princess

The Sun class is a class of cruise ships operated primarily by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival. The class was designed and its component vessels constructed by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Italy. The first Sun-class vessel, Sun Princess, entered service in 1995 and the last, Ocean Princess, entered service in the year 2000; it sails now as MV Oceana for P&O Cruises.

At the time of launch, the Sun class was amongst the largest cruise ships in the world, although this has since been surpassed many times. The vessels are promoted as "big ship choice and small ship feel".


Princess Cruises[edit]

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Princess
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Sun Princess 1995 Fincantieri 1995–present 77,499 tons  Bermuda Last refurbished in 2010 Sunprincess suvafiji1.jpg
Dawn Princess 1997 Fincantieri 1997–present 77,499 tons Bermuda Last refurbished in 2009 Dawn Princess.jpg
Sea Princess 1998 Fincantieri 1998–2003
77,499 tons Bermuda Sailed as P&O Adonia from 2003 to 2005 Sea Princess Darling Harbour.jpg

P&O Cruises[edit]

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Princess
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Oceana 2000 Fincantieri 2003–present 77,499 tons Bermuda Previous sailed as Ocean Princess for Princess Cruises from 2000 to 2003 Oceana in Villefranche.jpg