Sun-class cruise ship
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Dawn Princess in Ketchikan, Alaska
|Builders:||Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.|
|Succeeded by:||Grand class|
|Length:||260.0 m (853 ft 0 in)|
|Beam:||32.2 m (105 ft 8 in)|
|Draught:||7.9 m (25 ft 11 in)|
|Decks:||16 (10 publicly accessible)|
|Propulsion:||4 Sulzer Diesel engines driving 2 shafts|
|Speed:||21.4 knots (39.6 km/h; 24.6 mph)|
|Complement:||900 crew, 1,950–2,272 passengers|
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 (the Ocean Princess has since been renamed MV Oceana and now sails 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".
The four ships are effectively identical, with the only notable exception being the design of the bridge wings; Sun Princess and Pacific Explorer having exterior bridge wings, Sea Princess and Oceana having enclosed bridge wings.
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|Sun Princess||1995||Fincantieri||1995–present||77,499 tons||Bermuda||Last refurbished in April 2016|
|77,499 tons||Bermuda||Sailed as P&O Adonia from 2003 to 2005|
for P&O Cruises
|Oceana||2000||Fincantieri||2003–present||77,499 tons||Bermuda||Previous sailed as Ocean Princess for Princess Cruises from 2000 to 2003|
P&O Cruises Australia
for P&O Cruises Australia
|Pacific Explorer||1997||Fincantieri||2017–present||77,499 tons||UK||Previous sailed as Dawn Princess for Princess Cruises from 1997 to 2017|