Pacific Princess sold to undisclosed buyer
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
It’s sad to hear that Pacific Princess is leaving the fleet. Yours truly (and her first mate) have fond memories of the ship. In fact we were on the inaugural in 2002.
The vessel was bought by an undisclosed buyer and is part of parent company, Carnival Corporation’s, plan to pace up the removal of less efficient ships.
Prior to joining Princess, Pacific Princess was name “R3’ as part of Renaissance Cruises. She’s more of a boutique-style vessel than the rest of the fleet with only 670-passengers.
A passenger favorite
Pacific Princess, a favorite among the line’s clientele, has more than 1.6 Million nautical miles under her helm. We’re talking 11 World Cruises. Her popularity was due to her distinctive itineraries to sought-after destinations all over the world. In fact, The Love Boat’s “Captain Stubing” and Princess Cruises Ambassador, Gavin MacLeod was on the ship’s navigation bridge as the ship sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time to kick off the inaugural season sailing to Alaska from San Francisco in May 2003.
“Pacific Princess holds so many memories and cherished experiences to all who sailed upon her,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “Pacific Princess offered a traditional style of cruising to unique destinations. While it’s difficult to say goodbye to our ‘Love Boat,’ our World Cruise and exotic itineraries continue onboard our Medallion Class-enabled Island Princess and Coral Princess, featuring the best Wi-Fi at sea, allowing guests to keep in touch with loved ones and share vacation memories along the way.”
A truly historic moment for Pacific Princess was sailing a throwback cruise, recreating the cruise line’s very first itinerary to the iconic Mexican Riviera. It was in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises on December 3, 2015.
The cast of “The Love Boat” was on board for the event. Guests got to mingle with their favorite ‘captain’ Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing). Also along for the ride was Fred Grandy (Gopher, the chief purser), Ted Lange (Isaac, the bartender), Bernie Kopell (Doc, the ship’s doctor, pictured left with moi). Other show stars included Lauren Tewes (cruise director, Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki, the captain’s daughter).
The crew, passengers and celebrities celebrated the role the show played in Princess Cruises’ five-decade-long history introducing the cruise line – and cruise vacations – to millions of people around the world.
Guests with bookings should call their travel advisors such as Pavlus at 800-528-9300 regarding rebookings and refunds.