My husband and I were on the Pacific Princess this July. The Captain told us that the Royal Princess will be taking over the Bermuda itinerary, when the Pacific Princess retires in 2003. Hope this helps.
Princess has indicated that MV Royal Princess will take over many of the exotic itineraries that MV Pacific Princess has operated for the last several years. The captain may have some inside knowledge that's more than scuttlebutt (rumor, for you landlubbers) and even scuttlebutt can be accurate sometimes. OTOH, Princess pulled a very slick maneuver when the parent company reflagged the fleet (except MV Pacific Princess and MV Royal Princess, which were already of British registry) under the British "red ensign" early last year. At that time, Princess registered MV Crown Princess and MV Grand Princess in Hamilton (London is the home port for the rest of the Princess fleet). Methinks it would be politically awkward at best for Bermudan authorities to refuse permission for a port of call to a ship that's registered there.
With the announcement that MV Crown Princess will transfer to the German division of P&O Princess Cruises Plc. as MV Arosa Blu, the first ship of a new line named <a href=http://www.poprincess.com/presframes.htm> A'Rosa</a> that will enter the "premium" segment of the German cruise market, I assumed that MV Grand Princess would move to the Bermuda market for the summer starting in 2003. I now understand that MV Golden Princess also hails from Hamilton (can anybody verify this?) so it seems likely that one or the other of these vessels eventually will move to that run. Nonetheless, it also seems likely, in view of the level of discounts that Princess has been offering, that MV Pacific Princess has not drawn as much response as Princess had hoped on the Bermuda itinerary so there's a possible issue of whether the lack of draw is the vessel or the route. Princess might well want to see more demand before moving a larger vessel there.