Ocean Princess (ship)

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For the former Princess Cruise Lines ship named Ocean Princess operated from 2000 to 2002 now owned by P&O Cruise Lines, see MV Oceana.
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As Tahitian Princess, while anchored in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, 17 August 2009
Career
Name: 1999–2002: R Four
2002–2009: Tahitian Princess
2009-2016: Ocean Princess
2016: Sirena
Owner: 1999–2001: Renaissance Cruises
2002–2016: Princess Cruises
2016: Oceania Cruises
Operator: 1999–2001: Renaissance Cruises
2001–2002: laid up
2002–2016: Princess Cruises
2016: Oceania Cruises
Port of registry:  Liberia, Monrovia 1999–2002
 Gibraltar 2002–2005
 Bermuda, Hamilton 2005–present
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique
St. Nazaire, France
Cost: GB£150 million
Yard number: O31
Christened: December 1999
Acquired: 1999
Identification: Call sign: ZCDS4
IMO number: 9187899
MMSI no.: 310505000
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics (as Ocean Princess)
Class & type: R class cruise ship
Tonnage: 30,277 GT
2,700 DWT
Length: 181.00 m (593 ft 10 in)
Beam: 25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)
Draught: 5.80 m (19 ft 0 in)
Decks: 11 (9 passenger accessible)[3]
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 12V32
13,500 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Twin propellers
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Capacity: 688 (lower berths)
826 (all berths)
Crew: 373
Notes: [1][2]

Ocean Princess, formerly R Four, and Tahitian Princess, is an R-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. Along with the Pacific Princess, the smallest in the Princess fleet, she mostly sails in Europe and to exotic destinations such as Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific.

It was announced on November 25, 2014, that the ship is to be sold to Oceania Cruises under a definitive agreement. She is expected to depart the Princess fleet in March 2016 where she will undergo a 35-day, $40 million refurbishment in Marseille, France to become Sirena.[4]

History[edit]

The vessel entered operation in 1999 under the flag of Renaissance Cruises. The ship was not owned by the company; instead she was owned by a group of French investors. When Renaissance declared bankruptcy in 2001, the ship was seized by creditors, along with the other seven vessels in the fleet.

In 2002, Princess Cruises secured a two year lease for R Four and her sister ship R Three (now Pacific Princess). The vessel entered operation at the end of 2002, and was renamed Tahitian Princess. At the end of the lease, Princess Cruises purchased both vessels.

In November 2009 the Tahitian Princess was renamed Ocean Princess to "reflect a more global theme."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Asklander, Micke. "M/S R Four (1999)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 609–610. ISBN 981-246-739-4. 
  3. ^ "Tahitian Princess Deck Plans". Princess Cruises. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/11912-ocean-princess-sold-to-oceania.html
  5. ^ "Tahitian Princess to be renamed Ocean Princess to reflect better new deployments". Cruise Business Review. Cruise Media Oy Ltd. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2010. [dead link]

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