Sad new for line’s loyal passengers

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Sun Princess sold

I can remember being on the inaugurals of  the 2,000-passenger Sun and Sea Princess. They were shining stars of the fleet at the time.  It was so exciting being on the largest ships in the world at that time.  The Sun took her bow in 1995 in the Caribbean with much ballyhooing.

The Sea Princess made her debut a three years later.  She  became synonymous with World Cruises, completing over half of six global voyages since 2009. She also made the first ever world cruise from Australia.

Those were the days

New Princess ships just kept on coming in the 1990’s and along with other media I was on them all.  Lavish events, extravagant gifts and other perks flowed. It was happier and more lucrative times for the cruise industry and the press were rewarded.

And now the company tells us that they’ve sold the Sun and the Sea.  Princess isn’t saying who bought them yet.

Beloved  by Australians and New Zealanders

Both ships were popular with  Australians and New Zealanders who spent  close to 14 million nights aboard.

“Sun Princess and Sea Princess contributed to significant growth in Australian cruising,” said Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz. “Both ships defined the premium cruise experience with Australians and New Zealanders spending close to 14 million nights aboard these ships. While it is never easy to say goodbye to any ship in our fleet, this will allow us to deploy newer ships enhancing our offerings for Australia cruisers and focus on exciting newbuilds like the upcoming delivery of Enchanted Princess.”

All Sea and Sun cruises canceled

Obviously the Sea and Sun will sail no more under the Princess name. Ergo Sun Princess cruises are canceled between Dec. 28 and August 14, 2021. And Sea Princess sailings are scrapped from Dec. 23 or this year to Nov. 9, 2021.

Guests with bookings will be notified, and along with their travel advisors, will receive information on how to book another Princess Cruise when operations resume. Guests who prefer a refund will be accommodated.

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