Sea Princess

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Sea Princess at Fort-de-France
Sea Princess at Fort-de-France
Name: Sea Princess
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: Bermuda
Builder: Fincantieri
In service: 1998
Identification: IMO number: 9150913
Status: in active service, as of 2024
General characteristics
Class and type: Sun-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 77,000 gross register tons (GRT)
Decks: 14
Capacity: 1,950 passengers
Crew: 900 crew

Sea Princess (formerly Adonia) is a Sun-class cruise ship operated by the Princess Cruises line. She has three sister ships: Sun Princess and Dawn Princess in the Princess Cruises fleet and Oceana in the P&O Cruises fleet.


The vessel was delivered to Princess Cruises from the shipbuilders of Fincantieri, Italy and began operation in 1998, under the name Sea Princess.

Sea Princess was transferred to P&O Cruises in late 2002/early 2003. The vessel was renamed Adonia on May 21, 2003, at a launching ceremony with sister ship Oceana. The Princess Royal and her daughter Zara Phillips named the sister ships in the first double ship naming ceremony ever.

Adonia filled the gap left in the P&O Cruises fleet in the period between Arcadia(3) leaving the fleet to become Ocean Village and the launch of the new Arcadia in 2005, when the vessel was transferred back to Princess Cruises; reassuming her old name. The ship also received the "Movies Under The Stars" feature.

Whilst sailing as Adonia the vessel was dedicated as an Adults Only ship - which may have influenced the choice of name - Ad On ia - and for this period the children's playroom was refitted as a quiet lounge which featured massage chairs facing the panoramic windows. The children's play pool was converted into a Feng Shui relaxation area.

At the end of May 2006, 250 people, including 18 crew, were affected by a norovirus. Evidence of a gastrointestinal virus had been found during the last two days of the previous cruise, but the company stated that it did not believe the two outbreaks to be linked. The passengers were only notified of this occurrence by a letter found in their cabins after boarding. Although the ship's itinerary had been altered, and the vessel itself ordered to dock away from other vessels, no other countermeasures were effected. Sea Princess returned to port in Southampton a day early, and the vessel underwent a complete sanitisation and decontamination before resuming cruising. Passengers were offered a 30% refund and a £150 voucher for use on a later Princess cruise, although some have demanded a full refund. Norovirus occurred again on the following cruise, although to a lesser extent, and visible precautions included the absence of salt and pepper shakers and waiter service at the buffets. This cruise was also affected by force 11-12 winds in the vicinity of Ushant, causing the first scheduled port to be missed, while the remaining itenary remained unaltered. The ship itself was undamaged, unlike the two other ships close by, Legend of the Seas, which suffered some broken windows, and Pride of Bilbao, which terminated it's Spain-bound voyage in France due to storm damage. It is likely that the rough seas, causing passengers to hold tight to the handrails, increased the difficulty faced by Princess cruise in eradicating the last traces of Legionella from the ship.[1][2]

The Main Deck of the Sea Princess during a cruise in the Mediterranean.

From September 11 to September 25, 2009, the Sea Princess went into drydock at BAE Systems, Pier 70 in San Francisco. The forward open deck area directly above the buffet restaurant will be transformed into Princess’ “Oasis of Tranquility,” the Sanctuary, and this has involved the removal of the "splash pool". The propellers, rudders and thrusters were refurbished. The photo gallery area and Lotus Spa are getting remodeled and the Passenger Services Desk is getting new flooring.[3]



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