Sun-class cruise ship

The Sun class is a class of cruise ships operated by Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia, subsidiaries of Carnival Corporation & plc, and Seajets. The vessels in the class were designed and constructed by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani in Italy. The first Sun-class vessel, Sun Princess, entered service in 1995 and the last, Ocean Princess (now Queen of the Oceans) entered service in 2000. At the time of launch, the Sun class was amongst the largest cruise ships in the world, although this has since been surpassed.

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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: 1995–2000
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)
Capacity: 1,950–2,272 passengers
Crew: 900

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 Queen of the Oceans having enclosed bridge wings.


Ship Built Builder Gross tonnage Flag Notes Image
Princess Cruises
Sun Princess 1995 Fincantieri 77,499 tons   Bermuda Last refurbished in April 2016; sold to an undisclosed buyer in 2020[1]  
Sea Princess 1998 Fincantieri 77,499 tons   Bermuda Sailed as Adonia for P&O Cruises from 2003 to 2005; sold to an undisclosed buyer in 2020[1]  
P&O Cruises Australia
Pacific Explorer 1997 Fincantieri 77,499 tons   UK Previous sailed as Dawn Princess for Princess Cruises from 1997 to 2017  
Queen of the Oceans 2000 Fincantieri 77,499 tons   Bermuda Previously sailed as Ocean Princess for Princess Cruises from 2000 to 2002 and Oceana for P&O Cruises from 2002 to 2020
Sold to Seajets in 2020[2]


  1. ^ a b "Sun Princess and Sea Princess to Leave Princess Cruises Fleet". 2020-09-21. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  2. ^ Bailey, Jordan (22 July 2020). "P&O's Former Oceana Acquired By Greek Ferry Operator". Cruise Capital. Retrieved 23 July 2020.