In an email sent to travel agents, Princess Cruises said the company had sold sisterships Sea Princess and Sun Princess and they would be soon leaving the fleet. Passengers currently booked on future sailings will receive separate communications advising of the cancellation.
While the future of Sea Princess remains unknown, Sun Princess is believed to be sold to the Japan-based non-profit organization Peace Boat and will be renamed "Pacific World".
The 77,499 GT Sun Princess was one of the world's largest ships when she joined the Carnival Corporation's global fleet in 1995. During the 2021 season, the liner was scheduled to sail in Australia before repositioning for Alaska 2021 voyages.
The 1998-built Sea Princess joined the fleet as the second Sun-Class cruise ship. The vessel was completely refurbished in 2017. In 2021, Sea Princess was due to offer cruises in Australia including a 108-night World voyage departing from Brisbane Queensland.