Sun Princess leaving Fremantle Harbour, Australia
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Operator:||Princess Cruise Line|
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|Builder:||Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy|
|Completed:||26 June 1995|
|Maiden voyage:||2 December 1995|
|Class and type:||Sun-class cruise ship|
|Length:||261.31 m (857.3 ft)|
|Beam:||32.25 m (105.8 ft)|
|Draught:||8.10 m (26.6 ft)|
|Decks:||15 (10 passenger)|
|Deck clearance:||32.08 m (105.2 ft)|
|Installed power:||Diesel-electric 28,000 kW (38,000 hp)|
|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. 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.
Sun Princess was the ship on which the television show 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.
Ports of call
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 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 included Australian circumnavigations, Fremantle - Malacca Straits return, Melbourne - New Zealand / South Pacific. Sun Princess also sailed from Sydney for Melbourne plus Whitsundays return, a Japan return itinerary, and a 75 night Grand Pacific trip.
During summer 2008/9 whilst Sun Princess was operating out of Melbourne, she was joined by Dawn Princess operating out of Sydney. Dawn Princess was also permanently based in Australia from that time which was a change from Princess Cruises' original plans.
Demand for Sun Princess cruises between Sydney and Fremantle and beyond from April to June 2008 was so strong that Princess Cruises scheduled additional sailings for 2009. The company also decided to base the vessel in Fremantle from April to August that year. Despite the availability of cheap domestic air connections, many customers booking Sun Princess voyages between Sydney and Fremantle in 2009 opted instead to extend their trips by travelling across Australia on a connecting Indian Pacific rail service.
Cruises on Sun Princess from Fremantle in 2009 included the first Indian Ocean voyage of its kind from Australia. A 46-night sailing from Fremantle visited Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, the Maldives, the Seychelles, South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius and Réunion.
In 2013, Sun Princess sailed round-trip cruises from Tokyo, Japan marking the first of Princess Cruises deployments from there. In 2014, she sailed an extended Japan cruise program, sailing from Otaru, Hokkaido and Kobe. She was joined by Diamond Princess which replaced her Tokyo sailings.
Accidents and incidents
In October 2013, a 73-year-old man disappeared from Sun Princess which was sailing a 16-day cruise from Fremantle, Western Australia to Sydney. The man was reported missing by his wife. A search was conducted approximately 40 nautical miles (74 km; 46 mi) north of Cape Londonderry. NT News reported 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 nor his body located.
In November 2014, an 84-year-old elderly man fell overboard off the coast of Sydney. The ship was returning to White Bay in Sydney after a 13-day New Zealand cruise.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sun Princess.|
- Princess Cruises website
- CruiseCritic.com review
- View Sun Princess cruises in Google Maps and Google Earth
- "A big surprise at sea" – review on traveler.com.au (Fairfax Media) of a cruise to New Zealand on the Sun Princess
- "Paradise in the Pacific" – review by Roy Gibson in The West Australian of a South Pacific cruise on the Sun Princess