Sun Princess and Sea Princess leaving the Princess Cruises fleet

The Sea Princess, which has been sold and will depart from the Princess Cruises fleet.
The Sea Princess, which has been sold and will depart from the Princess Cruises fleet.

 Princess Cruises said two of its Australia-based ships, the Sun Princess and Sea Princess, have been sold to undisclosed buyers.

The sale of the ships is in line with parent company Carnival Corp.'s plan to accelerate the removal of less-efficient ships from its fleet.

The 2,000-passenger Sun Princess, the first ship in the Sun Class, was introduced in 1995 in the Caribbean and was at the time one of the world's largest ships. The Sun Princess homeported in Australia in October 2007, and it helped Princess expand the Japanese market in 2013 as the first foreign-flagged cruise ship to offer cruises designed specifically for the Japanese, Princess said. 

The 1997-built Sea Princess, a sister to the Sun, has operated six world cruises since 2013 and has traveled the equivalent of 35 times around the world from its Australia base.

Princess president Jan Swartz said that the two vessels had "contributed to significant growth in Australian cruising."

"While it is never easy to say goodbye to any ship in our fleet, this will allow us to deploy newer ships enhancing our offerings for Australia cruisers and focus on bringing into service exciting newbuilds like the upcoming delivery of Enchanted Princess," she added.  

Princess canceled all sailing on both ships starting in December.


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