Sun-class cruise ship

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Dawn Princess 01.jpg
Dawn Princess in Ketchikan, Alaska
Class overview
NameSun class
BuildersFincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.
Operators
Succeeded byGrand class
CostUS$380 million
Built1995–2003
Planned4
Completed4
Active4
General characteristics
TypeCruise ship
Tonnage77,741
Length260.0 m (853 ft 0 in)
Beam32.2 m (105 ft 8 in)
Draught7.9 m (25 ft 11 in)
Decks16 (10 publicly accessible)
Propulsion4 Sulzer Diesel engines driving 2 shafts
Speed21.4 knots (39.6 km/h; 24.6 mph)
Complement900 crew, 1,950–2,272 passengers

The Sun class is a class of cruise ships operated primarily by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival. The class was designed and its component vessels constructed by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Italy. The first Sun-class vessel, Sun Princess, entered service in 1995 and the last, Ocean Princess, entered service in the year 2000 (the Ocean Princess has since been renamed MV Oceana and now sails for P&O Cruises).

At the time of launch, the Sun class was amongst the largest cruise ships in the world, although this has since been surpassed many times. The vessels are promoted as "big ship choice and small ship feel".

The four ships are effectively identical, with the only notable exception being the design of the bridge wings; Sun Princess and Pacific Explorer having exterior bridge wings, Sea Princess and Oceana having enclosed bridge wings.

Design

Ships

Princess Cruises

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for Princess
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Sun Princess 1995 Fincantieri 1995–present 77,499 tons  Bermuda Last refurbished in April 2016 Sun Princess, Fremantle, 2016 (08).JPG
Sea Princess 1998 Fincantieri 1998–2003
2005–present
77,499 tons  Bermuda Sailed as P&O Adonia from 2003 to 2005 Sea Princess departing Vanasadam Tallinn Port of Tallinn 3 July 2016.jpg

P&O Cruises

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for P&O Cruises
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Oceana 2000 Fincantieri 2003–present 77,499 tons  Bermuda Previous sailed as Ocean Princess for Princess Cruises from 2000 to 2003 MV Oceana entering Charleston harbor. (32498102711) (cropped) (cropped).jpg

P&O Cruises Australia

Ship Built Builder Entered service
for P&O Cruises Australia
Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Pacific Explorer 1997 Fincantieri 2017–present 77,499 tons  UK Previous sailed as Dawn Princess for Princess Cruises from 1997 to 2017 Pacific Explorer (34944590483) (cropped).jpg

References

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