Princess Cruises confirmed the official transfer of Golden Princess (Pacific Adventure) and Star Princess (Pacific Encounter) to sister-brand P&O Australia. Previously announced back in 2018, the sisterships start operations for P&O AU in 2021. Princess and P&O are fully owned by Carnival Corporation - the world's largest cruise shipowner.
Golden Princess joined the Princess Cruises' fleet in May 2001 with her sistership Star Princess debuting in January 2002. Both Golden and Star Princess played a major role in the evolution of the company.
The liners offered passengers plenty of opportunities to customize their cruise experience through Personal Choice Cruising. One of the key elements of the program was Princess innovative Personal Choice Dining - the only dining program in the cruise industry at the time to give guests the freedom to dine where, when and with whom they want. Travellers could choose between Anytime Dining (dine in one of the MDRs / main dining rooms when and with whom they wish), and Traditional Dining (assigned dining time, tablemates, wait staff). Both cruise ships were also amongst the first to feature the popular Princess' Lotus Spa and Fitness Centers.
In addition, passengers enjoyed the special privacy afforded by the Princess trademark - 710+ balcony staterooms. Throughout the years, both vessels were modernized with signature features the company is popular for, including The Sanctuary adults-only retreat, Movies Under the Stars, the Piazza, specialty restaurants Sabatini’s and Crown Grill.
Passengers with bookings will be notified and will receive information on how to book another Princess voyage when operations resume. Those who prefer a refund will also be accommodated.