Pacific Princess

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Pacific Princess & Grand Princess in Split on 2011-07-08.jpg
Pacific Princess and Grand Princess in Split, Croatia on 8 July 2011.
  • 1999—2002: R Three
  • 2002—present: Pacific Princess
  • 1999—2001: Renaissance Cruises
  • 2001—2002: laid up
  • 2002—present: Princess Cruises[1]
Port of registry:
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Cost: £150 million[2]
Yard number: N31[1]
Launched: August 1999[1]
Acquired: 1999[1]
In service: December 1999[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: R class cruise ship
Length: 181.00 m (593 ft 10 in)
Beam: 25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)
Draught: 5.80 m (19 ft)
Decks: 9 (passenger accessible)[2]
Installed power:
Propulsion: 2 propellers[2]
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
  • 688 passengers (lower berths)
  • 826 passengers (all berths)[2]
Crew: 373[2]

MS Pacific Princess is a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises and operated by Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia. She was built in 1999 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France as MS R Three for Renaissance Cruises.


Pacific Princess at Sydney Harbour.

The vessel first entered operation in 1999, with Renaissance Cruises. The ship was not owned by the company, possession instead residing with a group of French investors, who leased the ship to the company. In late 2001, the entire Renaissance fleet was seized by creditors. In late 2002, Princess Cruises chartered the R Three, along with sister ship R Four (previously Ocean Princess and now MS Sirena). Both vessels entered operation by the end of 2002. The charter terminated at the end of 2004, at which time both vessels were purchased by Princess Cruises. Gabi Hollows renamed the ship Pacific Princess in Sydney on 8 December 2002, named after the earlier Pacific Princess which served as the ship featured in the television series, The Love Boat.

Pacific Princess in Yalta bay.

This ship has been the subject of a state aid decision by the European Commission: Decision 2006/219.[citation needed]

On 14 October 2016, Pacific Princess collided with the breakwater at Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France and was holed below the waterline. There were no injuries amongst the 669 passengers and 382 crew.[3]

On 25 August 2018, the Pacific Princess rescued three fisherman from a sunken trawler in the North Sea, about 25 miles north-east of Great Yarmouth.[4]


In April 2018, Princess Cruises revealed 2020 World Cruise on Pacific Princess. During her 111-day sailing, the ship will call at the ports of 26 countries on five continents.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Asklander, Micke. "M/S R Three (1999)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 469–470. ISBN 981-246-739-4.
  3. ^ "Cruise ship Pacific Princess breached after collision with breakwater in Nice". Maritime Herald. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  4. ^ "North Sea search for fishermen after ship saves three men". BBC News. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Princess Cruises Reveals 2020 World Cruise on Pacific Princess". TravelPulse. Retrieved 2 May 2018.


Curtis, Paul (2005). Pacific Princess: The New Love Boat. Rose Publishing. ISBN 0-975726-6-09.

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