Sun-class cruise ship

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).

Dawn Princess in Ketchikan, Alaska
Class overview
Name: Sun class
Builders: Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.
Succeeded by: Grand class
Cost: US$380 million
Built: 1995–2003
Planned: 4
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 77,741
Length: 260.0 m (853 ft 0 in)
Beam: 32.2 m (105 ft 8 in)
Draught: 7.9 m (25 ft 11 in)
Decks: 16 (10 publicly accessible)
Propulsion: 4 Sulzer Diesel engines driving 2 shafts
Speed: 21.4 knots (39.6 km/h; 24.6 mph)
Complement: 900 crew, 1,950–2,272 passengers

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.



Princess Cruises

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for Princess
Gross tonnageFlagNotesImage
Sun Princess1995Fincantieri1995–present77,499 tons BermudaLast refurbished in April 2016
Sea Princess1998Fincantieri1998–2003
77,499 tons BermudaSailed as P&O Adonia from 2003 to 2005

P&O Cruises

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for P&O Cruises
Gross tonnageFlagNotesImage
Oceana2000Fincantieri2003–present77,499 tons BermudaPrevious sailed as Ocean Princess for Princess Cruises from 2000 to 2003

P&O Cruises Australia

ShipBuiltBuilderEntered service
for P&O Cruises Australia
Gross tonnageFlagNotesImage
Pacific Explorer1997Fincantieri2017–present77,499 tons UKPrevious sailed as Dawn Princess for Princess Cruises from 1997 to 2017


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