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Published on Sunday, September 20, 2020

Princess Cruises confirms two Australia-based ships have been sold



In an emailed letter to travel agency partners, Princess Cruises said it has sold two of its ships as part of 18 departing the Carnival Corp fleet.


Deals have been agreed for sister ships Sun Princess and Sea Princess, which will leave the fleet soon.


Carnival last week confirmed a total of 18 vessels across several cruise brands will now leave for new owners or be scrapped.





"We are writing to share the news that Sea Princess and Sun Princess have been sold and will be leaving our fleet. While it is never easy to say goodbye to any ship in our fleet, the sale of these ships will allow us to deploy newer ships enhancing our offering for Australia cruisers," the line said in the letter.


"We regret that we must cancel the bookings of your clients. Guests will receive separate communications advising of this cancelation." Princess said.


Media reports said Sun Princess has been sold to Japanese NGO Peace Boat, but it is unclear where Sea Princess' next home will be.


Both ships are anchored off Singapore.


Sun Princess was due to sail voyages in Australia before heading to Alaska in spring 2021.


It joined Princess in 1995 and is the oldest ship in the fleet.


Sea Princess was scheduled to sail short and long cruises from various ports in Australia.


Sister brand P&O Cruises Australia also recently announced the departure of Pacific Aria and Pacific Dawn from its fleet.


 


Written by Ray Montgomery, Asia Pacific editor

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