Princess Cruises has announced the sale of its smallest ship, Pacific Princess, to an undisclosed buyer, a move aligned with parent company Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet.
The boutique-style ship joined the fleet in 2002, sailing on its inaugural season from San Francisco to Alaska the next year. Pacific Princess has sailed 11 world cruises, keeping cruising size cosy at 670 passengers, but still incorporating the major dining and entertainment options available on the cruise line’s larger cruise vessels.
She celebrated the Princess Cruises' 50th anniversary on 3 December, 2015 by sailing a throwback cruise, recreating the cruise line’s very first itinerary to the iconic Mexican Riviera.
“Pacific Princess holds so many memories and cherished experiences to all who sailed upon her,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises' president.
In 2015, The Love Boat cast reunited aboard Pacific Princess in the Port of Los Angeles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Princess Cruises.
“While it’s difficult to say goodbye to our ‘Love Boat,’ our World Cruise and exotic itineraries continue onboard our Medallion Class-enabled Island Princess and Coral Princess, featuring the best Wi-Fi at sea, allowing guests to keep in touch with loved ones and share vacation memories along the way.”
The ship has strong ties to the TV series The Love Boat, which aired from 1977 to 1986, as Princess Cruises ambassador Gavin MacLeod, was star of the popular long-running sitcom.
Travel advisors and guests with bookings will be notified, and advised on how to rebook another Princess Cruise when operations resume, or opt for refunds.