The NEW Pacific
& Tahitian Princesses
Princess Adds Two Former Renaissance Ships to Fleet
Vessels Debut as Tahitian Princess and Pacific Princess
Expand Line's Exotic Destinations With Year-Round French Polynesia
Sailings; Small Ships Will Offer Princess' Personal Choice Cruising Experience
and Trademark Balconies
new Pacific Princess in Princess Livery (formerly R3)
SANTA CLARITA, Ca Aug. 9, 2002
- P&O Princess Cruises announced today that two former Renaissance
vessels, R3 and R4, will soon be joining the Princess fleet, introducing Princess' trademark "big ship choice" in a smaller,
more intimate cruise environment. The ships will offer sailings in Tahiti
and the wider Pacific Ocean region.
The 688-passenger R3 will premiere as Pacific Princess, while sister ship R4
will debut as Tahitian Princess. Both vessels, which originally entered
service in 1999, are well suited to offer many of the Personal Choice Cruising options that have become Princess
trademarks, according to the company. This includes a wide variety of dining experiences including a
24-hour Lido and alternative dining programs with both an Italian restaurant
and an American steakhouse; and 92 percent outside staterooms, with over two-thirds of these
including a private balcony.
Beginning with a holiday cruise on December 24, 2002, Tahitian Princess will
sail year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific, debuting the only 10-day
sailings in the region. Three unique itineraries, with a total of 50 departures
roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti, each include calls at the tropical paradises
of Bora Bora, Moorea and Raiatea. Passengers can choose one of the 34 French
Polynesia/Cook Islands sailings that explore ports like mystic Huahine
and Raratonga and feature overnight stays in both Papeete and Bora
enjoy one of eight French Polynesia/Samoa cruises to discover the dramatic
beauty of Pago Pago and Apia; or travel on one of eight French
Polynesia/Marquesas voyages to unwrap the secrets of Nuku Hiva
and Hiva Oa. A full range of pre- and post-Tahiti packages will also be available.
The Pacific Princess will operate on a split deployment, sailing half the year
throughout French Polynesia and the wider Pacific region for Princess Cruises, and the other half for the P&O Cruises Australia
brand, serving the growing Australian market in the South Pacific region. The specific Princess
itineraries for this ship are in the process of being finalized, and are
expected to be available soon.
"This announcement is exciting to us on several levels," said Phil
president of Princess Cruises. "First, these smaller Princess ships will
complement our fleet of larger vessels, furthering our commitment to provide
passengers with exotic itineraries that allow them to discover the world in
their own way. Our choice of three different 10-day French Polynesian itineraries are the most extensive
in this part of the world, and should be a must for any traveler looking to fully experience the beauty and unique
character of this fascinating region.
"Additionally, the design of these small, modern ships will enable us to
provide a 'boutique version' of our Personal Choice Cruising program, with
over two thirds of the ship's cabins having balconies and with a variety of
dining and entertainment options. At the same time, the Princess onboard
staff will be providing the high levels of service that we've come to be
known for wherever we cruise. And finally, no other cruise to the French
Polynesia region is as affordable as those offered aboard these new ships.
The combination of itinerary, onboard service and affordability will clearly
differentiate Princess from the competition."
Special promotional pricing for 10-day Tahitian Princess sailings
begins at $799 per person, double occupancy.
Princess Cruises, one of the best-known names in North American cruising,
currently operates a fleet of ten ships deployed on many different itineraries
calling at more than 180 ports worldwide. Cruises range from 7 to 32 days in
length to destinations including the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, the Panama
Canal, Mexico, the South Pacific, South America, Hawaii, Asia, Canada, New
England and Bermuda.
Further information about Princess' French Polynesia and South Pacific
sailings is available through a professional travel agent. Brochures are
available by calling 1-800-PRINCESS.
Princess and Pacific Princess Fast
Builder: Chantiers de l’Atlantique in
Pacific Princess; R4 – Tahitian Princess (operated by Renaissance Cruises)
Fleet: December 24,
2002 is first cruise departure for Tahitian Princess;
Spring 2003 Pacific Princess will enter service for Princess
20 knots maximum
electric - Two 6750 Kw propulsion motors.
344 total: 317 outside (92%) and 27 inside;
232 with private balcony (73% of outside); 10
suites; 52 mini-suites; 3
Amenities: Television with CNN,
ESPN and first-run movies, VCR, personal safe, refrigerators, hair
dryer, 110/120v current
Facilities: 4 restaurants: Main
Dining Room, Sabatini’s Trattoria, Sterling Steakhouse, and 24-hour
Lido Café, Poolside Barbeque
Grill, Showlounge, Eight
Bars, Observation Lounge,
Swimming Pool, 2 Whirlpool Spas, Casino,
Spa, Fitness Center,
Jogging Track, Beauty
Library, Card Room, Photo Gallery,
4 Elevators, Self Service Launderette, Medical Center
10-day French Polynesia Sailings. The
inaugural sailing date for Tahitian Princess is 12/24/02. She
will sail the following itinerary throughout 2003:
Day 1 Papeete
Day 2 Papeete depart 5pm
Day 3 Huahine 8am-5pm
Day 4 At Sea
Day 5 Rarotonga 8am-5pm
Day 6 At Sea
Day 7 Raiatea noon-11pm
Day 8 Moorea 8am-5pm
Day 9 Bora Bora arrive 8am
Day 10 Bora Bora depart 5pm
Day 11 Papeete arrive am
on a split deployment, spending six months in service for Princess
Cruises and six months for P&O Cruises’ Australia brand,
debuting November 18, 2002 from Sydney.
It will join the Princess fleet in Spring 2003.
First Voyage for
the Pacific Princess is 4/27/03, 15-night cruise from Sydney to
Papeete. After that voyage, she will sail the 10-night cruise
itinerary listed above.
out the Stateroom Floorplans (from
the last brochure published by Renaissance Cruises)
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