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CruiseAholic September 19th, 2002 07:57 AM

Royal Princess
 
Read somewhere else from someone just off the Royal Princess said that the crew was saying that the Royal Princess was the next Princess ship to go!

NO NO NO....she is such a great ship....anyone hear anything?

susancruzs September 19th, 2002 09:10 AM

Re: Royal Princess
 
Say it isn't so! My all time favorite ship and I just hope that isn't true! Maybe if Norm isn't cruising he'll pick up on this and answer. He always has the latest Princess scoop!

Sue

norm September 19th, 2002 10:56 PM

Re: Royal Princess
 
CruiseAholic & Susan,

MV Royal Princess most assuredly will not be the next ship to leave the Princess fleet since the company has already announced the following plans (http://212.161.99.38/press_020410.htm).

>> 1. MV Pacific Princess will go to her new owners in November 2002.

>> 2. MV Ocean Princess will go to sister line P&O Cruises, marketed primarily in the United Kingdom, in November 2002. She will be renamed MV [i] Oceana[/i[.

>> 3. MV Sea Princess will go to sister line P&O Cruises in May 2003. She will be renamed MV Adonia.

>> 4. MV Regal Princess will go to sister line A'Rosa, marketed primarily in Germany, in the spring of 2004.

There are no announced plans to transfer or to sell MV Royal Princess.

It's true that MV Royal Princess will be twenty years old -- and by far the oldest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet -- in 2004, but it's also true that (1) she has aged gracefully and is in excellent repair, (2) she has a very loyal following and continues to command a premium over many other Princess ships (including a "cult" following related to Princess Diana, her godmother), and (3) she can enter many ports that the new ships cannot enter due to their size.

Another major factor is that Princess's best customers, Joe and Lorraine Arntz, have made this ship their real home. They spend over 200 days per year aboard her, and were on their 208th Princess cruise when I met them last summer. You simply do not alienate customers like that by transferring their favorite ship out from under them if you can help it!

A ship usually has a useful service life of thirty to forty years, with proper maintenance (which she most assuredly ahs had). So long as her operation continues to be profitable, I see no reason for the company to move her elsewhere or to sell her. In fact, there's much to lose in such a move of this unique ship.

My guess is that MV Sun Princess and MV Dawn Princess are likely to leave the Princess Cruises fleet before MV Royal Princess. The parent company just negotiated an extension of options for two more sisters to MV Coral Princess and MV Island Princess -- an indication that the company does have some expectation of exercising those options before they expire, now scheduled for the end of this month (http://212.161.99.38/press_020801.htm). Since options on new ships cost money, you don't extend them if you don't intend to exercise them. My guess is that the two new ships will replace MV Sun Princess and MV Dawn Princess in the Princess Cruises fleet, with these vessels going to sister lines (P&O Cruises and perhaps P&O Cruises Australia being the most likely recipients).

Of course, MV Royal Princess won't last forever. She will leave the Princess Cruises fleet eventually, and it's likely that she will do so before many of the ships that are joining the fleet now.

Norm.

Jensun September 21st, 2002 08:27 PM

Re: Re: Royal Princess
 
Thanks for the reassuring news - at least for the foreseeable future. She is a wonderful ship. Just the right size and very classy.

susancruzs September 22nd, 2002 12:28 PM

Re: Royal Princess
 
Thanks, Norm, I knew you'd have the latest info! Sue

heatherbc September 24th, 2002 11:10 PM

Re: Royal Princess
 
Princess corporate site indicates Royal Princess will be leaving the Princess fleet in 2004.... Jake


Cynthia September 27th, 2002 02:05 PM

Re: Re: Royal Princess
 
It better not be leaving soon!!! Im booked on a cruise on it in July 2003!!! :-)

Cynthia

Angela October 18th, 2002 07:39 AM

Re: Royal Princess
 
Can you please tell me what's so great about the Royal Princess? I've never been on her, but for some reason, have not seen anything special about that ship. I'm debating whether to take a South America cruise with Princess on the Royal or with Celebrity on the Zenith. Have never cruised with Celebrity, but the itinerary of that trip is more appealing than any that Princess offers in spring 2003. I can't decide and really want to stick with Princess. Should I sacrifice the itinerary I want to stay with Princess?

Thanks.


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