MS Charming

Former names: Sea Princess, Charming Princess

MS Charming current position

MS Charming current location is at East Asia (coordinates 14.56712 N / 120.88664 E) cruising en route to MANILA. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Specifications of MS Charming

Year built1998  /  Age: 23
Flag state Liberia
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassSun
Building costUSD 300 million
OwnerCCCC Ocean Investment Holding Co Ltd (China)
OperatorForesee Cruises via Sanya International Cruise Development Co Ltd (China)
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)261 m / 856 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage77499 gt
Passengers2014 - 2417
Crew910
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks15
Cabins1007
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2021
Sister-shipsDawn Princess (Pacific Explorer), Sun Princess (Pacific World)
Former namesSea Princess, Charming Princess
Christened byCaroline McPhail (P&O Cruises UK), Joanna Lumley (Princess Cruises)

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The 1998-built (as "Sea Princess") cruise ship MS Charming Princess is the third Sun-class Princess Cruises vessel - with sisterships Dawn Princess (now Pacific Explorer) and Sun Princess (now Pacific World).

In mid-September 2020, Princess Cruises sold Sea Princess which leaves the fleet in 2021. Also sold was Sun Princess (now Pacific World) - chartered to Peace Boat (Japan). The new shipowner of Sea Princess remains unknown - for now.

  • A total of 44x Sea Princess cruises were cancelled - departures on itineraries planned for the period December 23, 2020, through November 9, 2021. The ship was planned for deployment in Australia-New Zealand, plus a 109-day "World Cruise 2021" offered as a roundtrip from Sydney NSW, Brisbane QLD and Auckland NZ.
  • On October 5, the vessel left Port Klang Malaysia en route to Manila Philippines.

History - construction and ownership

In mid-November, the cruise ship management company V.Ships Leisure Ltd officially announced that they had assisted with Sea Princess ship's handover to its new Chinese shipowner - "CCCC Ocean Investment Holding Co Ltd" (part of "China Communications Construction Company Ltd") via its subsidiary "Sanya International Cruise Development Co Ltd". Sea Princess was renamed to "MS Charming" and started passenger shipping operations in 2021 February under the new Chinese brand "Foresee Cruises". In 2016, China Communications Construction Co Ltd announced plans to acquire 5 to 8 cruise ships (newbuilds and second-hand) and serve exclusively China’s cruise shipping market.

Note: In mid-June 2020, Carnival Corporation (shipowner) announced that intends to sell 13 ships in FY2020 - instead of the previously expected global fleet optimization planned over the next 3-5 years. In mid-September, Carnival increased the number of its cruise ships for sale to 18 (some were scrapped).

For Princess Cruises, the vessel (IMO number 9150913) was Bermuda-flagged (MMSI 310465000) and registered in Hamilton. MS Charming cruise ship (Sea Princess) is now Liberia-flagged (MMSI 636020325) and registered in Monrovia. Sea Princess was last drydock refurbished in 2017.

Sea Princess cruise ship

The 1950-passenger ship Sea Princess features middle-size style and more classical facilities that make her a good choice for cruise guests who like to feel they are onboard of an ocean-going cruise liner rather than a theme park at sea. Sea Princess is a comfortable, welcoming, lovely cruise ship with an atrium zone and Vista Lounge among the most attractive at sea. Classical afternoon teas, very good steak-and-chips dinners (both in the pay-per-use Steak House and in the no-extra-fee major dining venues), BBC TV dramas and UK-focused entertainment program made the boat feel like home for the loyal British travellers. This was a real achievement for the Princess brand which traditionally caters mostly to Americans.

Cruise itinerary program

For Princess Cruises, Sea Princess itinerary program was based on Australia and New Zealand voyages departing from homeports Sydney NSW, Fremantle-Perth and Brisbane QLD. The ship also operated roundtrip World Cruises leaving from Australia to Asia and Europe.

With Sea Princess, Princess Cruises had its longest (106-night) world cruise departing from Sydney Australia on June 5, 2018. The itinerary included 40 port destinations in 27 countries, including maiden ports in Greenland and Canada. The voyage marked the company's 10th anniversary of around the world cruising.

For Sea Princess' last itineraries (planned for 2021 - all canceled) see at the ship's Wiki-section.

Decks and Cabins

Most Sea Princess staterooms (1008 total, in 27 categories) are 145-ft2 sized Inside cabins (396). Almost 80% of the ship's outside cabins have private step-out balconies. There are 19 wheelchair-accessible (ADA) staterooms designed for passengers with disabilities. The largest are the Balcony Suites (470 ft2).

The boat has 15 decks, of which 11 passenger-accessible and 7 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The Rigoletto and Traviata Dining Rooms are virtually identical, differing only in their decor color. Both rooms contain etched glass panels and lovely wood, creating a feeling of intimate dining. The food preparation is of very good quality, beautifully presented and varied. Vegetarian selections are excellent, desserts - superb. A good selection of healthy items is provided every night. Waiters are friendly and helpful. The popular dining venue, Horizon Court, is open 24 hours a day. Horizon Court is situated one deck above ship's swimming area. The buffet is tiny by new-ship standards but offers excellent breakfast options from 4 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., along with an abundance of fruits and bread, and European specialities.

Follows the complete list of Sea Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Rigoletto Restaurant (dinner only, aft Dining Room, with 2 fixed seatings - 5:30 and 7:45 p.m.)
  • Traviata Restaurant (aft Dining Room open for Breakfast 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m., Lunch 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m., with 2 fixed Dinner seatings- at 5:45 p.m. or 7:45 p.m.)
  • Cafe Corniche (Italian Pizzeria, complimentary)
  • Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (speciality restaurant)
  • Riviera Grill Bar (fast food bar, complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Sea Princess daytime offerings include all the cruise standards: trivia, art auctions, board and card games, cocktail-making demos. However, Princess also provides a variety of themed "@Sea" events. Computers@Sea is the main, teaching photo editing, beginning computer and even movie making. Common Interest@Sea features social get-togethers by profession, interests or lifestyle. Ballroom@Sea classes teach passengers to dance. Scholarship@Sea offers educational lectures on diverse topics as astronomy, destination information, bridge play. There are also @Sea events for games, ceramics, scrapbooking and book discussions. A special offering is Sea's Ultimate Ship Tour, taking guests behind the scenes onboard to places like the bridge, galley, backstage of the theatre, funnel and engine control room. The 3-hour tour costs AUD175 and participants receive a luxurious bathrobe, personalized stationery, official chef's jacket and a framed photo with the captain.

Sea Princess cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Sea Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Grand Piazza Atrium (4-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • Explores Bar (offers speciality coffees, desserts, pastries, wine, liquor)
  • Atrium Boutiques (Latitudes Shop)
  • Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour), Card Room
  • Princess Sea Theatre (musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
  • Razzmatazz Disco & Nightclub
  • Princess Sea Monte Carlo Casino
  • Atrium Lounge; Vista Lounge & Bar
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Premier Cru Bar (wine bar); Sundaes Bar; Seaview Bar
  • Sea’s Oasis Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Sanctuary (adult-only open-air area); Riviera Pool area
  • Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard, Golf Net; Princess Links mini golf course.

Sea Princess 2017 refurbishment review

The list of deck plan changes following the ship's 16-day long drydock refurbishment in 2017 (October 21-November 5, done in Singapore) includes:

  • All passenger cabins received new bedding (all beds were replaced with Princess Luxury Bed).
  • A new cabin category ("Club Class Mini Suite") was introduced.
  • New (larger) outdoor screen "Movies under the Stars" was installed
  • Theater Lounge's evening program was upgraded with a new evening production show (the musical "Encore") and a new singing competition show ("The Voice of the Ocean") with live band music performances. The ship's Theatre was outfitted with a LED wall (sized 15x5 m / 49x16 ft) allowing dynamic media projection that enhances the evening shows.
  • The ship's kids and teen lounges (part of "Camp Discovery") were renovated and updated via a partnership with Discovery Channel (as part of Princess Cruises' complimentary onboard children program "Discovery at Sea").
  • Cafe Corniche (deck 9) menu was updated by adding new classic Italian dishes.
  • Wheelhouse Bar (deck 7) was re-decorated and its menu updated.

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Princess Cruises Sea ship's Godmother was Lady Caroline McPhail - wife of Sir Bruce McPhail (P&O Cruises Managing Director). The vessel is from the company's oldest (Sun-class series). Ship's Captain is Tony Ruggero.

Ties between P&O and Princess were made even stronger, when the cruise ship changed ownership to P&O UK and was renamed to Adonia (in December 2002 - January 2003). In May 2005, it was turned back to Princess, taking back the name "Sea Princess". Godmother of the "old-new" liner this time was the British actress Joanna Lamond Lumley (1946-born).

Sea Princess World Cruise 2015 itinerary was from Australia (leaving out of Sydney AU, on a round-trip westbound route). It visited ports in Asia, Europe (Mediterranean and UK), Suez Canal transition, Transatlantic crossing (Europe to USA and Caribbean), followed by a Panama Canal transit.

World Cruise 2016 itinerary (66 days, July 6 through August 28) started from Southampton England and ended in Sydney NSW Australia (Transatlantic crossing, Panama Canal transition), visiting ports in North America, Caribbean and South America. The Princess Cruises' ever longest World Voyage was also marked by the biggest drug bust on a cruise ship ever. Upon disembarkation in Sydney Harbor, the Australian police found 95 kilos of cocaine in the suitcases of 3 cruise passengers (CruiseMapper news link).

In 2017, Sea Princess became company's ever-first ship circumnavigating South America roundtrip from Australia. The unique itinerary visited 28 ports in 18 countries and included overnights in Lima Peru, Buenos Aires Argentina and Rio de Janeiro Brazil (during Carnivale 2017). The 84-night "Circle South America" cruise was offered from 3 departure ports - Brisbane AU, Auckland NZ or Sydney AU, and departed in January 2017 (left Sydney NSW on Jan 11).

In 2018, Sea Princess had scheduled company's longest (106-night) world cruise departing from Sydney Australia on June 5, 2018. The itinerary included 40 ports in 27 countries. This also marked Princess Cruises' 10th anniversary of around the world cruising.

In September 2020, Sea Princess was sold by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). During its Princess Cruises service, the vessel (IMO number 9150913) was Bermuda-flagged (MMSI number 310465000) and registered in Hamilton.

Sea Princess refurbishment 2017 review

The list of deckplan changes following the ship's 16-day drydock refurbishment in 2017 (October 21-November 5, done in Singapore) included:

  • All passenger cabins received new bedding (all beds were replaced with Princess Luxury Beds developed by Dr Michael Breus).
  • A new cabin category ("Club Class Mini Suite") was introduced.
  • New (larger) outdoor sreen "Movies under the Stars" was installed
  • Theater Lounge's evening program was upgraded with a new evening production show (the musical "Encore" choreographed by Danny Teeson) and a new singing competition show ("The Voice of the Ocean") with live band music performances, interactive in-show experience and the rotating chairs. The ship's Theatre was outfitted with a LED wall (sized 15x5 m / 49x16 ft) allowing dynamic media projection that enhances the evening shows.
  • The ship's kids and teen lounges (part of "Camp Discovery") were renovated and updated via partnership with Discovery Channel (as part of Princess Cruises' complimentary onboard children program "Discovery at Sea").
  • Cafe Corniche (deck 9) menu was updated by adding new classic Italian dishes.
  • Wheelhouse Bar (deck 7) was redecorated and its menu updated.

On September 11-25, 2009, the vessel was drydocked in San Francisco California (at Pier 70). The rudders, thrusters and propellers were refurbished, as well as some public places. For instance, The Sanctuary replaced the Splash Pool and the outdoor space (at the bow side above Horizon Court Buffet) was turned into Oasis of tranquillity. The drydocking process was shot by a National Geographic team in its series "World's Toughest Fixes".

Sea Princess itineraries 2021 (CANCELLED)

Next are listed some of the cruise ship's itineraries scheduled for 2021 but cancelled as the vessel changed ownership and left the Princess Cruises fleet. Prices listed are in USD per person (double-occupancy Inside cabin rates).

(first departure following the Coronavirus-related suspension) 15-day Indonesia ($1300)

Date / TimePort
23 Dec 17:00Departing from Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
24 Dec 07:00 - 18:00Geraldton, Western Australia
28 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Pulau Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia
29 Dec 09:00 - 19:00Makassar, Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi Indonesia
31 Dec 07:00 - 19:00Semarang, Java Indonesia
02 Jan 07:00 - 18:00Benoa, Bali Indonesia
03 Jan 07:00 - 17:00Lembar, Lombok Indonesia
07 JanArriving in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia

4-day "Western Australia Getaway" ($390)

Date / TimePort
07 Jan 17:00Departing from Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
09 Jan 07:00 - 16:00Albany WA, Western Australia
10 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Margaret River WA, Western Australia
11 JanArriving in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia

26-day "Southeast Asia Grand Adventure" ($2580)

Date / TimePort
11 Jan 17:00Departing from Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
15 Jan 07:00 - 17:00Lembar, Lombok Indonesia
18 Jan 08:00 - 19:00Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
19 Jan 08:00 - 21:00Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia
20 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia
21 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand
23 Jan 07:00 - 17:00Singapore
25 Jan 07:00 - 18:00Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
27 Jan 07:00 - 16:00Sihanoukville, Cambodia
28 Jan 07:00 - 19:00Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand
29 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Koh Samui Island, Thailand
02 Feb 07:00 - 17:00Benoa, Bali Indonesia
06 FebArriving in Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia

11-day repositioning from Fremantle to Sydney ($1080)

Date / TimePort
10 Feb 17:00Departing from Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
11 Feb 07:00 - 17:00Margaret River WA, Western Australia
12 Feb 09:00 - 18:00Albany WA, Western Australia
15 Feb 07:00 - 21:00Adelaide, South Australia
17 Feb 07:00 - 17:00Melbourne, Victoria Australia
18 Feb 07:00 - 16:00Burnie, Tasmania Australia
19 Feb 11:00 - 19:00Hobart, Tasmania Australia
21 FebArriving in Sydney, NSW Australia

28-day "Round Australia" ($3090)

Date / TimePort
21 Feb 16:00Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia
23 Feb 07:00 - 17:00Hobart, Tasmania Australia
24 Feb 12:00 - 19:00Burnie, Tasmania Australia
25 Feb 09:00 - 21:00Melbourne, Victoria Australia
27 Feb 07:00 - 21:00Adelaide, South Australia
02 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Albany WA, Western Australia
03 Mar 09:00 - 18:00Margaret River WA, Western Australia
04 Mar 08:00 - 22:00Fremantle-Perth, Western Australia
08 Mar 06:00 - 17:00Broome WA, Kimberley, Western Australia
11 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Darwin, NT Australia
14 Mar 10:00 - 19:00Cairns, Queensland Australia
16 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Alotau, Papua New Guinea
19 Mar 07:00 - 17:00Brisbane, Queensland Australia
21 MarArriving in Sydney, NSW Australia

10-day "Queensland" ($850)

Date / TimePort
19 Mar 17:00Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia
21 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Sydney, NSW Australia
24 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia
25 Mar 10:00 - 19:00Cairns, Queensland Australia
26 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Port Douglas, Queensland Australia
27 Mar 09:00 - 10:00Willis Island, Coral Sea, Australia
29 MarArriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia

15-day "Papua New Guinea" ($1350), 14-day "Fiji" ($1170), 35-day "Hawaii, Tahiti, South Pacific" ($4150)

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