Princess Cruises has officially announced the transfer of Golden Princess to P&O Cruises Australia. The cruise line has also accelerated the transition of another ship, Star Princess, to the Australian company.

Premium cruise line, Princess Cruises, recently confirmed the official transfer of Golden Princess and the accelerated transition of Star Princess to P&O Cruises Australia. After nearly two decades in the Princess Cruises fleet – Golden Princess joined in May 2001 and Star Princess set sail in early 2002 – the two ships will now continue their legacy under Princess’ sister brand.

With the move initially announced in 2018, the two vessels will now debut as Pacific Adventure (Golden Princess) and Pacific Encounter (Star Princess) and are both anticipated to sail again in 2021.

Speaking about the transition, Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz says, “Golden Princess and Star Princess have sailed all over the world, creating lifelong memories for the millions of guests who sailed upon these beloved cruise ships.

“We know their wonderful legacy will continue under sister brand P&O Cruises Australia, which has become so well-known for delivering unforgettable cruise holidays for Aussies and Kiwis to some of the most idyllic destinations in the South Pacific.”

As part of the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, Pacific Adventure is planned to begin sailing from Sydney on 30 April 2021. Meanwhile, the delivery of Pacific Encounter is being brought forward by at least six months to ensure the local fleet is ready for when sailing can resume. 

Pacific Encounter. Credit: P&O Cruises Australia

The sister ships will sail alongside P&O’s current flagship, Pacific Explorer, which has recently extended its pause in operations until January 2021.

“The arrival of these much-anticipated ships, Pacific Adventure and Pacific Encounter, in the first half of next year represents a step-change for the fleet and a sign of confidence in the market,” says P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell.

“This investment in our fleet is a demonstration that P&O Cruises Australia is ready to lead the industry in bouncing back when government and public health authorities agree it is appropriate to begin sailing again with protocols in place.

Pacific Adventure. Credit: P&O Cruises Australia

“It is also a mark of respect for our many loyal guests as well as crew, fresh food suppliers, entertainers and musicians, shore tour operators and port logistics partners who are looking to be a part of the resurgence of the Australian cruise sector over time.”

In other cruise news, a brand-new cruise line, Havila Voyages, has launched four environmentally-friendly ships along the famous Norwegian coastal route.

Havila Voyages will operate four new cruises along the iconic coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes. Havila Castor and Havila Capella will kick things off in Spring 2022 and two further ships (Havila Polaris and Havila Pollux) will start sailing in 2022.

Read more about that here.