PACIFIC PRINCESS 2 & R CLASS
CHANTIERS DE L’ ATLANTIQUE /
ST NAZAIRE / FRANCE
18 KNOTS - DIESEL ELECTRIC
Two Norwegian partners Fearly & Egar
founded Renaissance Cruises in 1989. They
started out by ordering eight small yacht
like cruise ships weighing between 2,800 and
4,280 tons. Fearly & Egar were saved from
bankruptcy in 1991 when they were taken over
by the Italian Cameli Group and the US
company Luxury Cruises. These new owners soon
began selling off the smaller ships and
ordered eight nearly identical 30,277-ton R
class cruise ships. The first of the R class
ships R One entered service in 1998
with the last of the class R Eight
being completed three years later.
Renaissance Cruises were declared bankrupt in
2001, this leading to all eight ships being
offered for charter.
P&O/Princess Cruises have since
acquired R Three, R Four
& R Eight. These ships are operated
under the names Pacific Princess,
Ocean Princess and Royal
Royal Princess was transferred to
P&O in 2011 to be operated as their
Itinerary is normally from
Southampton/England - Northern Europe and the
Baltic Sea, and from Southampton -
Mediterranean. Longer cruises are to the
Middle East, Far East, and South America.
Azamara Cruises chartered R Six
under the name Azamara
Journey and R Seven under
the name Azamara
Oceania Cruises acquired R One,
R Two & R Five to be operated as
as their Insignia, Regatta
Insignia was leased in 2012 to Hapag-Lloyd to
be operated as their Columbus 2.
This class of cruise ship has 9 passenger
decks, 1 pool, 5 bars, casino, fitness
center, 329 outside cabins with 232 having
balconies, 20 inside cabins, can carry 696
passengers and a crew of 370.
Itinerary is Mediterranean cruises
out of Rome, Venice & Athens. This ship
is also used for cruises around the world
including around the UK and Northern Eurpoe
from London. Reviews.
Itinerary is on various cruises
around the world out of Dover/London, Rome,
Athens, Shanghai, Tahiti & Sydney.
Pacific Princess & Ocean
Azamara Journey & Azamara