Sun Princess

Sun Princess current position

Sun Princess current location is at East Asia (coordinates 15.60931 N / 119.52261 E) cruising at speed of 10.1 kn (19 kph/ 12 mph) en route to MANILA. The AIS position was reported 10 minutes ago.

Current Position

Specifications of Sun Princess

Year built1995  /  Age: 25
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassSun
Building costUSD 300 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)261 m / 856 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage77441 gt
Passengers2016 - 2419
Crew924
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks14
Cabins1008
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsDawn Princess (Pacific Explorer), Sea Princess
Christened byDorothy Sterling
Princess Cruises Coronavirus update

Sun Princess Review

Review of Sun Princess

The 1995-built cruise ship Sun Princess is the first Sun-class Princess Cruises vessel - together with the sisterships Dawn Princess (Pacific Explorer since 2017) and Sea Princess.

IMPORTANT: In mid-September 2020, Princess Cruises sold Sun Princess which leaves the fleet in 2021 and will be renamed to "Pacific World". The new shipowner will charter the vessel to Peace Boat. The 1983-founded, Japan-based global non-government organization Peace Boat organizes educational cruises (floating university) as well as global events-themed conferences at sea. Also sold was Sea Princess - which new shipowner remains unknown - for now.

  • A total of 23x Sun Princess cruises were cancelled - departures on itineraries planned for the period December 28, 2020, through August 14, 2021. The ship was planned for deployment in Australia-New Zealand (January-March 2021) and Alaska (May-August 2021 / roundtrips from Vancouver BC Canada and Los Angeles California USA).
  • The cancelled voyages included roundtrips from Brisbane QLD (14-day New Zealand, 10-day Papua New Guinea, 4-day Australia Getaway, 10-day Tasmania), also repositioning cruises (15-day Brisbane to Fremantle, 12-day Fremantle to Singapore, 12-day Singapore to Yokohama, 28-day Singapore to Vancouver, 16-day Yokohama to Vancouver, 4-day Vancouver to Los Angeles) and Alaskan roundtrips (7-day Inside Passage with Glacier Bay from Vancouver and 14-day Inside Passage with Hubbard Glacierfrom Los Angeles).

On October 5, the vessel left its anchorage off Bandar Penawar (Johor, Malaysia) en route to Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and Manila (Philippines).

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).

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is a US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 mi) from Nassau.

Sun Princess cruise ship

When the 77,441-ton, 1,950-passenger Sun Princess debuted in 1995, she was not only the largest cruise liner of Princess but also the industry's biggest-ever cruise ship. Together with the other Sun-class ships which followed - like Sea Princess, Dawn Princess and the former Ocean Princess (now P&O's Oceana) - the vessel was outfitted with innovative features and facilities, which created a revolutionary effect on the industry, and served as a precursor to Princess' later establishment of Grand-class ships. Despite the relaxed atmosphere, Sun Princess has been a bit bypassed by more recent Princess innovations. Personal Choice Dining is unveiled long after the liner was designed and so the concept of versatility is not as smoothly incorporated into the dining venue scenario. Standard rooms, while effectively appointed, might be a narrow fit for a couple, and the 400 verandas are less than abundant when compared to newer vessels in the fleet. 

Sun Princess underwent a US$30 million refit from April 5-18, 2016. The 14-day dry dock in Singapore added the new Princess Luxury Bed to cabins and Curtis Stone's Share restaurant. Kai Sushi was transformed into Kai Seafood Bar. Other additions include Amuleto Café, NZ Natural ice cream outlet and Legends sports bar, showing tennis, weekly AFL and NRL football matches on LED screens.

Cruise itinerary program

For Princess Cruises, Sun Princess itinerary program was based on Australia and New Zealand voyages leaving from homeports Sydney NSW and Fremantle-Perth (Western Australia).

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

Cabins

Most Sun Princess staterooms (1011 total, in 27 categories) are 145-ft2 Insides cabins (396). Almost 80% of the ship's outside staterooms have private step-out balconies. There are a total of 19 wheelchair-accessible (ADA) staterooms designed for passengers with disabilities. The largest staterooms are the Balcony Suites (470 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Sun Princess food options are generally good and guests have enough variety to be satisfied, without having to pay for speciality dining. Vegetarian selections are excellent, desserts - superb. A good selection of healthy items is provided every night. Waiters are friendly and helpful. The Regency Dining Room offers breakfast and lunch, but most passengers opt for the casual Horizon Court buffet or freshly baked pizzas at the Italian Verdi's pizzeria. 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. Terrace Grill offers BBQ, hotdogs, salads and chips by the pool. 

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

  • Marquis Restaurant (dinner only, aft Dining Room, with 2 fixed seatings - 5:30 and 7:45 p.m.)
  • Regency 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.)
  • Kai Sushi restaurant (seafood speciality restaurant)
  • Verdi's Italian Pizzeria (complimentary)
  • Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (speciality restaurant)
  • Terrace Grill Bar (fast food bar, complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Both the Princess Theatre and Vista Lounge, two of the biggest and most popular Sun Princess entertainment venues, are located on the Promenade Deck. Guests can choose between early or late shows. On some nights, the productions run twice, allowing passengers to alternate between the shows, which include large-scale stage productions and cabaret numbers. The 'British Invasion' features the 1960s hits from UK bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles. The Princess is a steeply sloped palladium theatre featuring excellent sight lines and theatre seating with small stands for drinks. The intimate Vista Lounge has cabaret seats around small tables, lounges and chairs around the centre stage and a row of stools against the bar. The Vista hosts headlining shows, game shows, bingo, trivia quizzes and dancing sessions including ballroom dancing and line dancing.

Sun Princess cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Sun 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)
  • International Cafe (24-hour patisserie/speciality coffee lobby 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 Sun Theatre (musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
  • Vista Lounge (entertainment lounge; comedians, illusionists, singers).
  • Shooting Stars Disco & Nightclub
  • Princess Sea Monte Carlo Casino
  • Atrium Lounge; Vista Lounge & Bar
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Rendez-Vous Bar (wine bar); Sundaes Bar; Sundowners Bar (poolside)
  • Sun’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.

Sun Princess 2018 refurbishment review

During the ship's 2018 drydock refurbishment in Singapore (July 12-26) was part of Princess Cruises USD 450 million fleet renovation Following the refurbishment, to the liner was introduced the following changes:

  • new hull livery design
  • Club Class Mini-Suites (new premium cabin category with VIP amenities and exclusive dining. 
  • Camp Discovery Youth Center (children club lounges for kids ages 3-17) via a partnership with Discovery Channel.
  • Enhanced Boutiques - ship's shopping arcade now offers upgraded retail shops, including the premium brand Effy Fine Jewelry, new logoed products (Princess Cruises branded wear and logo apparel in the re-designed Logo shop), designer handbags and fashion accessories from Burberry, Coach, Guess, Longchamp.

The ship's 14-day refurbishment in 2016 (April 5-18, in Singapore) resulted in the following deckplan changes: 

  • “Princess Luxury Bed” systems were added to all passenger cabins.
  • On deck 7, Kai Sushi was redesigned and renamed Kai Seafood Bar.
  • On deck 8, a new restaurant (SHARE by Curtis Stone) was added replacing the pizzeria restaurant Sabatini’s. Also on deck 8, the Legends Bar (sports bar) programming was upgraded, now showing live tennis, AFL and NRL matches and other AU sports on its multiple LED screens.
  • On deck 12, New Zealand Natural (speciality ice cream bar) replaced the Sundaes Bar. Also on deck 12, the Lotus Spa complex was renovated.
  • On Lido Deck 14, the Amuleto Cafe (patisserie /speciality coffee bar) was added to the World Fresh Marketplace (formerly Horizon Court buffet). The buffet restaurant was also revamped with new decor and a la carte cooking stations. Also on deck 14, Terrace Grill bar was transformed into an al fresco BBQ restaurant.
  • The ship’s interior decor and furnishings were changed (new Japan themes).
  • The ship’s 2016 refurbishment project cost Princes Cruises around USD 30 million.

The list of deckplan changes after ship's 2013 drydock (Singapore) included:

  • new Asian themed interior decor
  • International Cafe (in the Atrium)
  • new Sushi bar
  • “Horizon Court” buffet (renovation, live cooking presentations, new pastry shop and a speciality coffee bar)
  • “Lotus Spa” (renovation)
  • “Terrace Grill” (al fresco menu)
  • ice cream bar (deck 12) now with speciality coffees and teas.

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Princess Cruises Sun ship's godmother was Lady Dorothy Sterling - wife of Lord Jeffrey Sterling (Chairman of P&O Cruises). Sun is of company's oldest vessels (Sun-class) with sisterships Dawn (Pacific Explorer since 2017) and Sea.

Fun fact is that this liner was featured in the TV series "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" (with Robert Urich in the main role). Another fun fact is that the ship was reported in October 2007 to be the largest vessel passing under Sydney Harbour Bridge (Port Sydney, NSW Australia). At low tide, the vessel entered Sydney Harbour with about 2,5 m (8,2 ft) distance between its highest point and the arch bridge.

During Tokyo Olympics 2020, for 19 days the liner was scheduled to be chartered by JTB (travel agency) as hotel ship docked at Port Yokohama (Yamashita Pier), with a night on the "cruise ship hotel" between USD 300-3500 per person.

In September 2020, Sun Princess was sold by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). During its Princess Cruises service, the vessel (IMO number 9000259) was Bermuda-flagged (MMSI number 310438000) and registered in Hamilton.

Sun Princess refurbishment 2018 review

The ship's 2018 drydock in Singapore (July 12-26) was part of Princess Cruises USD 450 million fleet renovation Following the refurbishment, to the liner was introduced the following changes:

  • new hull livery design
  • Club Class Mini-Suites (new premium cabin category with VIP amenities and exclusive dining. 
  • Camp Discovery Youth Center (children club lounges for kids ages 3-17) via a partnership with Discovery Channel.
  • Enhanced Boutiques - ship's shopping arcade now offers upgraded retail shops, including the premium brand Effy Fine Jewelry, new logoed products (Princess Cruises branded wear and logo apparel in the re-designed Logo shop), designer handbags and fashion accessories from Burberry, Coach, Guess, Longchamp.

Sun Princess refurbishment 2016 review

The ship's 14-day refurbishment in 2016 (April 5-18, in Singapore) resulted in the following deckplan changes: 

  • “Princess Luxury Bed” systems were added to all passenger cabins.
  • On deck 7, Kai Sushi was redesigned and renamed Kai Seafood Bar.
  • On deck 8, a new restaurant (SHARE by Curtis Stone) was added replacing the pizzeria restaurant Sabatini’s. Also on deck 8, the Legends Bar (sports bar) programming was upgraded, now showing live tennis, AFL and NRL matches and other AU sports on its multiple LED screens.
  • On deck 12, New Zealand Natural (speciality ice cream bar) replaced the Sundaes Bar. Also on deck 12, the Lotus Spa complex was renovated.
  • On Lido Deck 14, the Amuleto Cafe (patisserie /speciality coffee bar) was added to the World Fresh Marketplace (formerly Horizon Court buffet). The buffet restaurant was also revamped with new decor and a la carte cooking stations. Also on deck 14, Terrace Grill bar was transformed into an al fresco BBQ restaurant.
  • The ship’s interior decor and furnishings were changed (new Japan themes).

The ship’s 2016 refurbishment project cost Princes Cruises around USD 30 million.

Sun Princess refurbishment 2013 review

The list of deckplan changes after ship's 2013 drydock refurbishment (Singapore) included:

  • new Asian themed interior decor
  • International Cafe (in the Atrium)
  • new Sushi bar
  • “Horizon Court” buffet (renovation, live cooking presentations, new pastry shop and a speciality coffee bar)
  • “Lotus Spa” (renovation)
  • “Terrace Grill” (al fresco menu)
  • Ice Cream Bar (deck 12) also sells speciality coffees and teas.

Sun 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) 14-day "New Zealand" (($1820)

Date / TimePort
28 Dec 16:00Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia
01 Jan 07:00 - 17:30Auckland, New Zealand
02 Jan 05:30 - 16:30Tauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand
03 Jan 10:00 - 18:00Napier, New Zealand
04 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Wellington, New Zealand
05 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Akaroa, New Zealand
06 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Dunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand
07 Jan 10:00 - 19:00Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
11 JanArriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia

4-day "Australia Getaway ($310)

Date / TimePort
21 Jan 16:00Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia hotels
23 Jan 07:00 - 18:00Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia
25 JanArriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia hotels

10-day "Tasmania" ($950)

Date / TimePort
08 Feb 16:00Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia
11 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Burnie, Tasmania Australia
13 Feb 07:00 - 17:00Port Arthur, Tasmania Australia
13 Feb 20:30 - 14 Feb 18:00Hobart, Tasmania Australia
16 Feb 07:00 - 23:00Sydney, NSW Australia
18 FebArriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia

15-day repositioning from Brisbane to Fremantle ($1500)

Date / TimePort
08 Mar 16:00Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia
11 Mar 08:00 - 19:00Cairns, Queensland Australia
13 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Alotau, Papua New Guinea
16 Mar 13:00 - 22:00Darwin, NT Australia
19 Mar 12:00 - 22:30Broome WA, Kimberley, Western Australia
22 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Geraldton, Western Australia
23 MarArriving in Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia

12-day repositioning from Fremantle to Singapore ($1160)

Date / TimePort
23 Mar 17:00Departing from Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia
27 Mar 07:00 - 17:00Benoa, Bali Indonesia
30 Mar 09:00 - 19:00Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
31 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia
01 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia
02 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand
04 AprArriving in Singapore

12-day repositioning from Singapore to Yokohama ($1370)

Date / TimePort
20 Apr 18:00Departing from Singapore
22 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
23 Apr 09:00 - 17:00Nha Trang, Vietnam
25 Apr 07:00 - 23:00Hong Kong, China
27 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan
30 Apr 07:00 - 19:00Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan
01 May 12:00 - 21:00Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan
02 MayArriving in Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan

28-day Transpacific repositioning from Singapore to Vancouver ($2690)

Date / TimePort
20 Apr 18:00Departing from Singapore
22 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
23 Apr 09:00 - 17:00Nha Trang, Vietnam
25 Apr 07:00 - 23:00Hong Kong, China
27 Apr 07:00 - 18:00Keelung, Taipei, Taiwan
30 Apr 07:00 - 19:00Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan
01 May 12:00 - 21:00Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan
02 May 06:30 - 17:00Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan
04 May 07:00 - 18:00Muroran, Japan
11 May 07:00 - 20:00Seward, Alaska
12 May 13:00 - 18:00Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
13 May 08:00 - 17:00Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
14 May 08:00 - 20:30Skagway, Alaska
15 May 07:00 - 16:00Juneau, Alaska
16 May 10:00 - 18:00Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
18 MayArriving in Vancouver, BC Canada

7-day Alaska "Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park" from Vancouver ($690)

Date / TimePort
18 May 16:30Departing from Vancouver, BC Canada
20 May 13:30 - 22:00Juneau, Alaska
21 May 07:00 - 20:30Skagway, Alaska
22 May 06:00 - 15:00Glacier Bay, Alaska
23 May 08:00 - 18:00Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
25 MayArriving in Vancouver, BC Canada

4-day repositioning from Vancouver to Los Angeles ($260)

Date / TimePort
29 Jun 16:00Departing from Vancouver, BC Canada
30 Jun 11:00 - 23:00Astoria OR, Oregon
03 JulArriving in Los Angeles, Long Beach, California

14-day Alaska "Inside Passage with Hubbard Glacier" from Los Angeles ($1600)

Date / TimePort
03 Jul 16:00Departing from Los Angeles, Long Beach, California
07 Jul 07:00 - 17:00Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
08 Jul 10:00 - 21:00Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska
09 Jul 07:00 - 18:00Juneau, Alaska
10 Jul 09:00 - 14:00Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
11 Jul 06:00 - 17:00Skagway, Alaska
12 Jul 07:00 - 16:00Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
13 Jul 11:00 - 18:00Prince Rupert, Kaien Island, BC Canada
17 JulArriving in Los Angeles, Long Beach, California

Sun Princess' last voyage for Princess Cruises was planned as a 14-day roundtrip from Los Angeles to Alaska ("Inside Passage with Hubbard Glacier") priced from $1640 pp.

Date / TimePort
14 Aug 16:00Departing from Los Angeles, Long Beach, California
18 Aug 07:00 - 17:00Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
19 Aug 10:00 - 21:00Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska
20 Aug 07:00 - 18:00Juneau, Alaska
21 Aug 09:00 - 14:00Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
22 Aug 06:00 - 17:00Skagway, Alaska
23 Aug 07:00 - 16:00Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
24 Aug 11:00 - 18:00Prince Rupert, Kaien Island, BC Canada
28 AugArriving in Los Angeles, Long Beach, California

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