Pacific Princess

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NAMES

PACIFIC (PACIFIC PRINCESS) (SEA VENTURE)

CLASS

SMALL CRUISE SHIP

ENT/SERVICE

1971

BUILT

RHEINSTAHL / NORDSEEWERKE / GERMANY

WEIGHT

20,636 TONS

LENGTH

553 FEET

WIDTH

81 FEET

SPEED

20 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES

Pacific Princess was originally built for the Norwegian owned Flagship Cruises as their Sea Venture. Along with her near identical sister ship Island Venture; they were operated on weekly cruises out of New York - Bermuda.

Sea Venture and Island Venture were later bought by P&O to serve in their Princess Cruise division. Sea Venture was renamed Pacific Princess and Island Venture under the name Island Princess.

Both ships were operated on cruises from the west coast of America - Alaska in summer and to the Caribbean via the Panama Canal in winter. In the mid 1970s, much of the TV series ‘Love Boat’ was filmed on board these ships making them the most famous cruise ships in the world.

For many years, theses ships were the smallest and oldest cruise ships in the Princess fleet. They had 2 pools, 5 bars, fitness center, casino, 250 seat theatre, 238 outside and 67 inside cabins, can carry up to 650 passengers and a crew of 350.

Pacific Princess left the Princess fleet after her farewell season cruising the Bahamas in 2002 to be operated by the Spanish line Pullmantur. Under the name Pacific, she was operated by CVC in Brazil during the Southern summer and by Quail Cruises in Spain during the Northern Summer. In 2013, this ship was scrapped in India.

Princess Cruises sold Island Princess to Hyundai Merchant Marine in 2000 to be operated between Pusan/South Korea and Kumkan/North Korea under the name Hyundai Pungak. In 2003, she was operated as MV Discovery for the cruise company Voyages of Discovery with a number of Northern Europe cruises out of many ports around England, as well as world wide cruises up to 2013. This ships was scrapped in India in 2014.

Pacific image
Above: Pacific berthed at Mahon (Menorca, Spain) in 2007, Large Image by Manuel Mohedano Torres.
Discovery image
Above: Discovery at at anchor in Admiralty Bay, Antarctica, Large Image by Kenneth Gibson.

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