The Sun Class of cruise ships comprises of three Princess Cruises vessels, and a P&O liner which sailed under the Princess Cruises banner from 2000-2003. The Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess were built and entered into service for Princess Cruises between 1995 and 1998, with the former being one of the largest cruise vessels in operation upon her launch.
The final member of the Sun Class is the P&O Oceana, which transferred from Princess Cruises (formerly known as the Ocean Princess) in 2003. Additionally, the Sea Princess also sailed under the P&O Cruises banner between 2003 and 2005 before returning to the Princess Cruises fleet.
The four members of the Sun Class all weigh in at the same gross tonnage although the capacities of the four ships differ slightly. P&O’s Oceana has the highest maximum capacity, capable of hosting 2,272 whilst the three Princess Cruises vessels all accommodate between 1,950 and 1,990 passengers.
The four vessels promote their services as offering ‘big ship choice and small ship feel’, demonstrating the intimate atmosphere and personal service of the Sun Class.
The re-working of The Love Boat, the classic American sitcom – The Love Boat: The Next Wave – was shot on the Sun Princess. Additionally the ship made the news in 2007 when it became the tallest ship to ever cross beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The three Princess Cruises vessels of the Sun Class specialise in Southern Hemisphere cruising and are based year-round out of Australia. The Sea Princess and Sun Princess both completed their maiden round-the-world cruises in 2013 – visiting some of the most stunning, beautiful cities and sites known to man.
All of the ships retain a family feel throughout offering a range of family-friendly amenities and facilities, from comprehensive sports halls to Princess Cruises’ famous Movies Under the Stars – a top deck open-air cinema showing old classics and Hollywood blockbusters for all guests to enjoy.
Although the Sun Class is made up of the oldest ships in the Princess Cruises fleet, they remain enduringly popular with cruise lovers who enjoy the comprehensive facilities in a slightly smaller setting.