Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Entered service: Dec 1995
Onboard currency: Australian Dollars
Passengers (lower berths): 1,950
Length: 261.3 metres
Beam: 32.2 metres
Draft: 8.1 metres
When Sun Princess was launched in 1995, it was not only Princess Cruises’ largest ship but also the industry’s biggest-ever vessel. Other sister ships include the Sea Princess, Dawn Princess and the former Ocean Princess (now P&O’s Oceana). At that time, these ships created a revolutionary impact on the industry with its then innovative amenities and features. This class of vessels subsequently served as a precursor to the Grand-class ships like Grand Princess.
Sun Princess is no stranger to New Zealand and has been sailing many trans-Tasman itineraries. Sun Princess’ passengers are mostly from Australia and make up a wide passenger demographic, from solo travellers to family groups especially multi-generational family groups.
In the Australasian winter, Sun Princess moves to Japan for a spring to summer season of cruising from April.
Princess Cruises does not allow passengers to bring liquor onboard and even that purchased onboard the duty free shop is retained until the last day of the cruise. Wine or champagne brought onboard at embarkation or in port are however allowed in the onboard restaurants with a corkage charge of AUD15 and limited to one per person (no larger than 750ml).