Sun Princess

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This article is about the vessel launched in 1995. For the vessel launched in 1972, see Ocean Dream (1972 ship). For other uses, see Sun Princess (disambiguation).

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Sun Princess docked at the Kings Wharf, Suva, Fiji Islands
Name: Sun Princess
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Princess Cruise Line
Port of registry:  Bermuda (2004-present)
 United Kingdom (2000-2004)
 Liberia (1995-2000)
Builder: Fincantieri, Italy
Cost: US$300 million
Yard number: Monfalcone 5909
Completed: 26 June 1995
Maiden voyage: 2 December 1995
Identification: Call sign: ZCBU6
IMO number: 9000259
MMSI no.: 310438000
Status: Operational
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Sun class
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 77,441 GT
44,193 NT
8,293 DWT
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
Propulsion: Two propellers
Speed: 22.40 knots (41.48 km/h; 25.78 mph)
Capacity: 2,010 passengers
Crew: 924
Notes: [1][2]

Sun Princess is a Sun class cruise ship built in 1995 and operated by Princess Cruises line. 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.[1]

Sun Princess was the ship on which the television show The 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.[3]

Ports of call[edit]

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 an epic 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' 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. Princess 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.[4]

Cruises on the 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 Reunion.[4]

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 the Diamond Princess which replaced her Tokyo sailings.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

In October 2013, a 73-year-old man disappeared from the Sun Princess which was sailing from Western Australia to Darwin. The man was reported missing by his wife.

A search was conducted approximately 40 nautical miles north of Cape Londonderry.

NT News reports 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.[citation needed]

The Sun Princess cruise ship was sailing on a 16-day cruise from Fremantle to Sydney.[5]

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 trip.


Sun Princess in Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan



  1. ^ a b c Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. London: Berlitz. pp. 637–638. ISBN 978-981-268-564-3. 
  2. ^ a b "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Sun Princess". VesselTracker. 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sun Princess Docks at Darling Harbor". ABC. October 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  4. ^ a b Heard, Mike (13 November 2008). "Seduced by princesses". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
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