Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is a cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation & plc.[1] The company is incorporated in Bermuda and its headquarters are in Santa Clarita, California.[2] It is the second largest cruise line by revenue. It was previously a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, and is part of Holland America Group, which controls the Princess Cruises brand. The line has 17 ships, which cruise worldwide and are marketed to both American and international passengers.

The company was made famous by The Love Boat TV series, in which its ship Pacific Princess was featured. In May 2013, Royal Princess, the first Royal-class ship and the largest ship constructed for Princess at the time, became the flagship of Princess Cruises.

Princess cruises
IndustryTravel Tours
HeadquartersSanta Clarita, California
Key people
Jan Swartz, President
Number of employees
ParentCarnival Corporation & plc


Siege social de la princess cruise et de la cunard
Princess Cruises headquarters in Santa Clarita


Princess Cruises began in 1965, when founder Stanley McDonald chartered Canadian Pacific Limited's Alaska cruise ship Princess Patricia for Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles during a time when she would have usually been laid up for the winter.[3] However, Princess Pat, as she was fondly called, had never been designed for tropical cruising, lacking air-conditioning, and Princess ended her charter in favor of a more purpose-built cruise ship Italia.

Princess, who marketed the ship as Princess Italia, but never officially renamed her, used the ship to inaugurate their Mexican Riviera cruises out of Los Angeles and did not receive the Princess logo on her funnel until 1967.[3]

In 1969, Princess Italia was used on Alaskan cruises from San Francisco, but by 1973, the charter was canceled, and Italia returned to Europe on charter to Costa Cruise Line.[3]

Princess's third charter ship was none other than Costa's Carla C. Originally, Compagnie Générale Transatlantique's SS Flandre, the ship had been purchased by Costa in the late 1960s and given a major rebuilding. Almost immediately after completion, the ship was chartered to Princess, and it was on board the ship, which was marketed as, but again not officially renamed, Princess Carla, that Jeraldine Saunders wrote the first chapters of her nonfiction book The Love Boats.[4]

Britain's Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O), which by 1960 was the world's largest shipping company, with 320 oceangoing vessels, acquired Princess Cruise Lines in 1974 and their Spirit of London (originally to have been Norwegian Cruise Line's Seaward) was transferred to the Princess fleet, becoming the first Sun Princess.[3]

The two ships that were to be featured heavily in the television series The Love Boat were built in 1971 at Nordseewerke for Flagship Cruises and originally named the Sea Venture (for the original Sea Venture, the 1609 wreck of which resulted in the settlement of Bermuda) and Island Venture. In 1974, P&O purchased them for their Princess division, and they served as Island Princess and Pacific Princess respectively.

A part-time addition to the Princess fleet was the former Swedish transatlantic liner Kungsholm, purchased by P&O from Flagship Cruises in 1978, and then restyled and rebuilt in Bremen as Sea Princess. She was initially based in Australia as a P&O ship until 1981 when her role there was taken over by Oriana. After that, she alternated between P&O and Princess colours as she moved between fleets. Sea Princess returned to the P&O UK fleet permanently and in 1995 and was renamed MV Victoria to allow a then-new Princess ship to be named Sea Princess.

The first P&O Princess Cruises purpose-built cruise ship was Royal Princess in 1984, the largest new British passenger ship in a decade, and one of the first, if not the first, ships to completely dispense with interior cabins.[3] The ship served in P&O Cruises fleet as Artemis until 2011. The Swan Hellenic Cruiseship Minerva II, originally built as the Renaissance Cruises R8 was renamed Royal Princess in 2007 after an extensive refit during a drydock in Gibraltar. She was later transferred to P&O in 2011.[5]

In 1986, P&O Princess Cruises acquired Tour Alaska, which operated on the Alaska Railroad. Based in Anchorage, Alaska, Princess Tours now operates ten luxury railcars with full-service scenic tours of Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) and can accommodate over 700 passengers per day.

P&O Princess Cruises acquired Sitmar Line in 1988 and transferred all of its major tonnage to Princess, including three cruise ships then under construction.[3] Dawn Princess and Fair Princess were both ex-Cunard, and the former Sitmar Fairsky became Princess's Sky Princess. The first of the three new Sitmar ships came into the Princess brand in 1989 as Star Princess, the largest British exclusively cruising ship. Two 70,000 grt cruise ships entered service in 1990 as Crown Princess and Regal Princess, bringing Princess's fleet up to ten deluxe cruise ships.[3]


Princess Cruises was involved in litigation with General Electric in 1998 over consequential damages and lost profits resulting from a contract the two parties entered into. General Electric was to provide inspection and repair services upon the SS Sky Princess. Upon noticing surface rust on the turbine rotor, the vessel was brought ashore for cleaning and balancing, but good metal was unintentionally removed. This destabilized the rotor, forcing Princess Cruises to cancel two 10-day cruises while additional work was performed. Princess originally prevailed, being awarded nearly $4.6 million. On appeal, however, the judgement was reversed in favor of General Electric, and Princess Cruises only recovered the price of the contract, less than $232,000.[6]

That same year, Princess unveiled its first Grand-class vessel, the Grand Princess, which debuted on May 26. At the time, the $450 million Fincantieri-built vessel was the largest passenger ship commissioned and completed.[7] Two more ships in the class, the Golden Princess and Star Princess, pioneered the design that carried on through the rest of the six vessels in the class, with the last ship delivered in 2008.[8]

On October 23, 2000, the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) spun-off its passenger division to form an independent company, P&O Princess Cruises.[9] In 2001, Princess Cruises headquarters moved from Century City to Santa Clarita, California.[10] P&O Princess Cruises merged with Carnival Corporation on April 17, 2003, to form the world's largest cruise operating company in a deal worth US$5.4 billion.[11] As a result of the merger, Carnival Corporation and P&O Princess were integrated to form Carnival Corporation & plc, with a portfolio of eleven cruise ship brands. It is a dual-listed company, registered in both the United States and the United Kingdom, with the former P&O Princess Cruises being relisted as Carnival plc, more commonly known as Carnival UK. As an American-based company, executive control of Princess Cruises was transferred to Carnival's American operations, with Carnival UK taking control of Southampton-based Cunard Line. Princess and Cunard have offices at Carnival's head offices in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

In May 2005, Princess reacquired Sea Princess from P&O, which it had transferred over just two years prior.[12]

On April 3, 2008, Micky Arison, the chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc, stated that due to the low value of the United States dollar, inflation and high shipbuilding costs, the company would not be ordering any new ships for their U.S.-based brands (Princess, Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line) before the economic situation improves.[13]

Recent developments

In May 2010, Carnival Corporation & plc signed a contract with Fincantieri for the construction of two new 3,600-passenger ships, known as the Royal-class cruise ships, for Princess Cruises.[14][15] The Royal-class vessels are the largest ships ever constructed for Princess. The Royal Princess, Princess' new flagship vessel, entered service in 2013.[16] As of September 2019, she has three sister ships and three more currently in construction.[17]

Ocean pollution

On August 26, 2013, the crew of the Caribbean Princess deliberately discharged 4,227 gallons of oil-contaminated waste off the southern coast of England.[18] The discharge involved the illegal modification of the vessel's on-board pollution control systems, and was photographed by a newly hired engineer.[19][20] When the ship subsequently berthed at Southampton, the engineer resigned his position and reported the discharge to the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.[21] An investigation launched by the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) found that the practice had been taking place on the Caribbean Princess and four other Princess ships – Star Princess, Grand Princess, Coral Princess and Golden Princess – since 2005.[22][23]

In December 2016, Princess Cruises agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges and pay a $40 million penalty. The charges related to illegal discharges off the coasts of Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.[24] As part of the agreement cruise ships from eight Carnival companies, including Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line, are required to operate for five years under a court-supervised environmental compliance plan with independent audits and a court-appointed monitor.[25] The fine was the "largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution."[24]

For violation of the probation terms of 2016, Carnival and its Princess line were ordered to pay an additional $20 million penalty in 2019. The new violations included discharging plastic into waters in the Bahamas, falsifying records, and interfering with court supervision.[26]

Current fleet

Royal class

Ship Built Builder In Princess service Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Royal Princess 2013 Fincantieri 2013–Present 142,229 tons  Bermuda The largest ship built for Princess Cruises at the time Royal Princess 6 (26812634049)
Regal Princess 2014 Fincantieri 2014–Present 142,229 tons  Bermuda Regal Princess turning to Starboard Side in Tallinn Bay Tallinn 10 July 2017
Majestic Princess 2017 Fincantieri 2017–Present 143,700 tons  United Kingdom Is 1083' long - 1 foot longer than sisters Royal and Regal

Outfitted to accommodate the Chinese market[27]

Sky Princess 2019 Fincantieri 2019–Present 145,000 tons  Bermuda [28][29]

Grand class

All Grand-class ships are classified as New Panamax-type; as of 2016, access through the Panama Canal for these ships are now facilitated by the newly opened Agua Clara locks[30]

Ship Built Builder In Princess service Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Grand Princess 1998 Fincantieri 1998–present 107,517 tons  Bermuda Largest and most expensive ship built in 1998; former flagship of Princess fleet before Royal Princess Grand Princess (ship, 1998) IMO 9104005; in Split, 2011-10-13
Golden Princess 2001 Fincantieri 2001–present 108,865 tons  United Kingdom Scheduled for transfer to P&O Cruises Australia in 2020[31] Golden Princess tendering in Cabo San Lucas
Star Princess 2002 Fincantieri 2002–present 108,977 tons  Bermuda Scheduled for transfer to P&O Cruises Australia in 2021[31] Star Princess
Diamond Princess 2004 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 2004–present 115,875 tons  United Kingdom One of two Grand-class ships built in Japan

Outfitted to exclusively sail around Japan and Southeast Asia[32]

Diamond Princess in Port of Akita 20171015
Sapphire Princess 2004 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 2004–present 115,875 tons  United Kingdom One of two Grand-class ships built in Japan Sapphire Princess at pier 24 in Port of Tallinn 8 June 2018
Caribbean Princess 2004 Fincantieri 2004–present 112,894 tons  Bermuda Caribbean Princess in 2010
Crown Princess 2006 Fincantieri 2006–present 113,561 tons  Bermuda Crown Princess Piräus
Emerald Princess 2007 Fincantieri 2007–present 113,561 tons  Bermuda Emerald-Princess-Stockholm
Ruby Princess 2008 Fincantieri 2008–present 113,561 tons  Bermuda Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise ship Ruby Princess IMG 7926 1920

Coral class

Ship Built Builder In Princess service Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Coral Princess 2002 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2003–Present 91,627 tons  Bermuda Panamax-type Coral Princess (ship, 2002) 001
Island Princess 2003 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2003–Present 92,822 tons  Bermuda Panamax-type

Increased passenger berths in 2015

Navío Island Princess, Skagway, Alaska, Estados Unidos, 2017-08-26, DD 39

Sun class

These two ships each have a capacity of 1,990 passengers and 924 crew.

Ship Built Builder In Princess service Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Sun Princess 1995 Fincantieri 1995–present 77,499 tons  Bermuda Sun Princess, Fremantle, 2018 (04)
Sea Princess 1998 Fincantieri 1998–2003


77,690 tons  Bermuda Sailed as Adonia with P&O Cruises from 2003 to 2005. Sea Princess departing Vanasadam Tallinn Port of Tallinn 3 July 2016

R class

This ship has a capacity of 680 passengers and 373 crew.

Ship Built Builder In Princess service Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Pacific Princess 1999 Chantiers de l'Atlantique 2003–Present 30,277 tons  Bermuda

Previously R Three

Pacific Princess, 2008 (cropped)

Future fleet

Ship Class Year
Builder Will sail for
Gross Tonnage Homeport Flag Notes Image
Enchanted Princess Royal 2020 Fincantieri 2020 145,000 tons  Bermuda [33][34]
Discovery Princess Royal 2021 Fincantieri 2021 145,000 tons TBA [35][36]
TBA TBA 2023 Fincantieri 2023 175,000 tons TBA First of two Princess Cruises ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas.[37][38]
TBA TBA 2025 Fincantieri 2025 175,000 tons TBA [37]

Former fleet

Ship In service for
Current Status Image
Princess Patricia (1965–1966) First Princess ship in the fleet. Built 1949, scrapped in Taiwan, 1995.
Princess Italia (1967–1973) Between 2002 and 2010, sailed for Louis Cruise Lines as the MS Sapphire. She was sold for scrap in 2012. "Italia" - Piraeus, 1980
Princess Carla (1968–1970) Former SS Flandre of the French Line. Owned by Costa Cruises and marketed as the Princess Carla while under charter to Princess, though never formally renamed. Later sold by Costa to Epirotiki Lines and renamed Pallas Athena. She was sold for scrap after being destroyed by a fire in 1994. Paquebot "Flandre"
Island Princess (1972–1999) Sailed for Voyages of Discovery between 2002 and 2013 as MV Discovery; Operated with Cruise & Maritime Voyages under the same name, before being scrapped in 2014. Island Princess 1986
Sun Princess (1974–1989) Since 2012, sailed for Runfeng Ocean (Hong Kong) Deluxe Cruises Limited as the Ocean Dream. Capsized and sunk in February 2016
Pacific Princess (1975–2002) Since 2008, sailing for Quail Cruises as Pacific; She was scrapped in 2013. Known for being featured on the TV show The Love Boat. Pacific Princess 1987
Sea Princess (1986–1995) Since 2008, sailing for Lord Nelson Seereisen as MS Mona Lisa; as of 2012 she is known as the Veronica and is a hotel ship in Oman. Beached for scrap in Alang, in March 2016 Sea Princess Venice 1986
Royal Princess (1984–2005) From 2005 to 2011, sailed for P&O Cruises as the Artemis. Since 2011, transferred to Phoenix Reisen and sails as the MV Artania. "Royal Princess" - 1987
Fair Princess (1988–1997) Originally built for the Cunard Line as the RMS Carinthia in 1956, scrapped in Alang, India, 2005. "China Sea Discovery" - Kaohsiung, 2002
Dawn Princess (1988–1993) First sailed as the RMS Sylvania for Cunard Line in 1957. Scrapped in Alang, India, 2004. "Fairwind" - Southampton, 1969
Sky Princess (1988–2000) Last sailed for Pullmantur Cruises in 2011, as the Atlantic Star; she was scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey in 2013. MS Sky Princess (4490014483) (cropped)
Star Princess (1989–1997) Transferred to P&O Cruises in 1997 as the MV Arcadia; sold in 2003 to Ocean Village Pacific Pearl Darling Harbour
Crown Princess (1990–2002) Between 2004 and 2009, sailed for Ocean Village as the Ocean Village Two. In 2009, transferred to P&O Cruises Australia and sails as the Pacific Jewel. Crownprincess skagwayalaska (4305490969) (cropped)
Regal Princess (1991–2007) Since 2007, sailing for P&O Cruises Australia as Pacific Dawn. MS Regal Princess (4172014792)
Golden Princess (1993–1996) Since 2005, sailing for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines as MV Boudicca. Boudicca departing Tallinn 7th September 2013
Ocean Princess (2000–2002) Since 2002, sailing for P&O Cruises as the MV Oceana. P&O Cruises Oceana 02 IMO 9169550 @chesi
Royal Princess (2007–2011) Transferred to P&O Cruises in 2011 to become the Adonia; now sailing as the Azamara Pursuit as of 2019 Royal Princess
Ocean Princess (2002–2016) Previously R Four and Tahitian Princess. Transferred to Oceania Cruises in March 2016 to become the Sirena.[39][40] Ocean Princess departing Tallinn 23 June 2013
Dawn Princess (1997-2017) Transferred to P&O Cruises Australia in May, 2017, as Pacific Explorer Dawn Princess, Fremantle, 2016 (06)


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Caribbean Princess

MS Caribbean Princess is a modified Grand Class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises, with a capacity of over 3,600 passengers, the largest carrying capacity in the Princess fleet until June 2013 when the new Royal Princess, another Princess ship superseded its record. She has 900 balcony staterooms and a deck of mini-suites. She was the first modern cruise ship with an outdoor theater, which Princess bills as "Movies Under The Stars".Caribbean Princess is slightly larger than the other ships in her class (Star Princess, Golden Princess, and Grand Princess), due to an additional deck of cabins called the Riviera deck. Another difference is that, being initially designed to cruise the Caribbean year-round, there is no sliding roof over the pool area for shelter in poor weather.

Crown Princess (ship)

Crown Princess is a Crown class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. Her maiden voyage took place on June 14, 2006, departing Red Hook, Brooklyn (New York) for Grand Turk (Turks & Caicos), Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), and Port Canaveral (Florida). As of 2019, the Crown Princess sails in the Caribbean during the Winter season, and in Europe for the Summer season. Like her sister ships Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess, her Skywalkers Night Club is built aft of the funnel rather than suspended over the stern as a "wing," or "spoiler", as seen on the Caribbean Princess. Her godmother is Martha Stewart.

Emerald Princess

Emerald Princess is a Crown-class cruise ship for Princess Cruises that entered service in April 2007. Her sister ships include Ruby Princess and Crown Princess.

Emerald Princess launched from the Italian shipyard of Fincantieri Monfalcone on June 1, 2006. She was then handed over to Princess Cruises on March 24, 2007. Emerald Princess was christened on 13 May 2007, in Greece.

Golden Princess

Golden Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship with Princess Cruises that entered service in 2001. She is the sister ship of Grand Princess and Star Princess. She measures 109,000 gross tons and carries 2,600 passengers (double occupancy) plus 1,100 crew members. From 2009 to September 2015, she primarily operated on the Hawaii, and the West Coast of the United States routes. Golden was constructed in Italy by Fincantieri and is Bermudan flagged.

Golden Princess was one of the first major cruise ships to sail to Antarctic waters in 2006. She was dry-docked in Victoria from mid-April to early-May 2009, in order to refurbish the entire ship. She was also drydocked in 2012 and again in 2015, where major refurbishments and addition of several new amenities took place.

Grand Princess

Grand Princess is a Grand-class cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises. Built in 1998 by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Monfalcone, Italy, with hull number 5956, at a cost of approximately US$450 million. She was the largest and most expensive passenger ship ever built at the time. Grand Princess was the flagship in the Princess Cruises fleet until the new Royal Princess took that title in June 2013.


Karnika (IMO number 8521220) is a cruise ship currently owned by Zen Cruises and operated by Jalesh Cruises, and is home ported out of Mumbai, India. She was built for Sitmar Cruises by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy, and launched in 1989. Before she entered service, she was transferred to P&O Princess Cruises after P&O acquired Sitmar. She cruised as Crown Princess until 2002, when she was renamed A'Rosa Blu and transferred to A'Rosa Cruises.

In 2003, the ship was reassigned to the AIDA Cruises fleet, following the acquisition of P&O by Carnival Corporation & plc. After a refit, she reentered service in 2004 as AIDAblu. Between 2007 and 2009, the ship was operated by Ocean Village as Ocean Village Two, but after owner Carnival decided to shut down the Ocean Village brand, she was transferred to P&O Australia's fleet and renamed Pacific Jewel. In 2018 it was announced the ship would leave the fleet in March 2019. It was later announced she had been sold to Zen Cruises subsidiary Jalesh Cruises and she has now been renamed Karnika.

Majestic Princess

Majestic Princess is the third Royal-class cruise ship that is owned and operated by Princess Cruises. It entered service in April 2017 and currently serves Asia and Oceania.


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Regal Princess (2013)

MS Regal Princess is a Royal-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, and the second ship to sail for the cruise line under that name. Regal Princess, as well as her sister ship Royal Princess, were ordered on 17 February 2010 from Fincantieri and were constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

Royal-class cruise ship

The Royal-class cruise ship is a class of cruise ships operated by Princess Cruises. The lead vessel of the class, Royal Princess, was delivered in June 2013 for Princess Cruises. MV Britannia, delivered in 2015, is a similar design to the Royal-class ships and is operated by P&O Cruises.

Royal Princess (2012)

MS Royal Princess is a Royal-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises, and the third ship to sail for the cruise line under that name. She was ordered on 17 February 2010 from Fincantieri and was constructed at their shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess is a Crown-class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. She was built in 2008 by Fincantieri in Trieste, Italy. She is a sister ship to Crown Princess and Emerald Princess. Ruby Princess was turned over to Carnival Corporation and Princess Cruises in late October 2008. She was formally named at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 6, 2008 by Trista and Ryan Sutter.

Sea Princess

MS Sea Princess (formerly Adonia) is a Sun-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises. She has three sister ships: Sun Princess in the Princess fleet, Oceana (formerly Ocean Princess) in the P&O Cruises fleet, and Pacific Explorer (formerly Dawn Princess) in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet.

Sun-class cruise ship

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.

Sun Princess

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 Sea Princess and the P&O ships Pacific Explorer and 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.In July 2018, Sun Princess underwent a two-week dry dock. She received new livery design, new stateroom category, shops, and other onboard amenities.

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