Pacific Princess

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Pacific Princess in Sydney Harbour
Name: 1999—2002: R Three
2002—present: Pacific Princess
Owner: 1999-2001: Renaissance Cruises
2002—present: Princess Cruises[1]
Operator: 1999—2001: Renaissance Cruises
2001—2002: laid up
2002—present: Princess Cruises[1]
Port of registry: 1999—2002: Monrovia, 22x20px Liberia[1]
2002—present: 22x20px Gibraltar[2]
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Cost: £150 million[2]
Yard number: N31[1]
Launched: August 1999[1]
Acquired: 1999[1]
In service: December 1999[1]
Identification: IMO 9187887[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: R class cruise ship
Tonnage: 30,277 GRT
Displacement: 2,700 DWT
Length: 181.00 m (593 ft 10 in)
Beam: 25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)
Draught: 5.80 m (19 ft)
Decks: 9 (passenger accessible)[2]
Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 12V32 diesels
combined 13500 kW
Propulsion: 2 propellers[2]
Speed: 18 kn (33.34 km/h)
Capacity: 688 passengers (lower berths)
826 passengers (all berths)[2]
Crew: 373[2]

MS Pacific Princess is a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises and operated by Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia. She was built in 1999 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France as MS R Three for Renaissance Cruises.

Pacific Princess offers cruises out of Sydney, Australia in November - April during the southern hemisphere summer season. The other half of the year is spent in Princess Cruises' US-based fleet.


The vessel first entered operation in 1999, with Renaissance Cruises. The ship was not owned by the company, possession instead residing with a group of French investors, who leased the ship to the company. In late 2001, the entire Renaissance fleet was seized by creditors.

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Pacific Princess in Yalta bay.

In late 2002, Princess Cruises chartered the R Three, along with sister ship R Four (now Ocean Princess). Both vessels entered operation by the end of 2002. The charter terminated at the end of 2004, at which time both vessels were purchased by Princess Cruises. Gabi Hollows renamed the ship Pacific Princess in Sydney on 8 December 2002.

This ship has been the subject of a State aid decision by the European Commission: Decision 2006/219.


Pacific Princess has many balcony cabins and a wide choice of restaurants - the dinner dining; and the 'Panorama Cafe/Buffet' for informal, al fresco breakfast and lunch; the 'Club Restaurant' for breakfast, lunch and pre-allocated dinner sittings; the 'Italian Restaurant' and 'The Grill' for alternative dining.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Asklander, Micke. "M/S R Three (1999)" (in in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 469–470. ISBN 981-246-739-4. 

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