Pacific Princess

For the ship known as "Pacific Princess" from 1975 to 2002, see MS Pacific. For other uses, see Pacific Princess (disambiguation).
Pacific Princess and Grand Princess in Split, Croatia on July 8, 2011.
  • 1999—2002: R Three
  • 2002—present: Pacific Princess
  • 1999—2001: Renaissance Cruises
  • 2001—2002: laid up
  • 2002—present: Princess Cruises[1]
Port of registry:
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Cost: £150 million[2]
Yard number: N31[1]
Launched: August 1999[1]
Acquired: 1999[1]
In service: December 1999[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: R class cruise ship
Length: 181.00 m (593 ft 10 in)
Beam: 25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)
Draught: 5.80 m (19 ft)
Decks: 9 (passenger accessible)[2]
Installed power:
Propulsion: 2 propellers[2]
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
  • 688 passengers (lower berths)
  • 826 passengers (all berths)[2]
Crew: 373[2]

MS Pacific Princess is a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises and operated by Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia. She was built in 1999 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France as MS R Three for Renaissance Cruises.

Pacific Princess at Sydney Harbour.


The vessel first entered operation in 1999, with Renaissance Cruises. The ship was not owned by the company, possession instead residing with a group of French investors, who leased the ship to the company. In late 2001, the entire Renaissance fleet was seized by creditors.

Pacific Princess in Yalta bay.

In late 2002, Princess Cruises chartered the R Three, along with sister ship R Four (now Ocean Princess). Both vessels entered operation by the end of 2002. The charter terminated at the end of 2004, at which time both vessels were purchased by Princess Cruises. Gabi Hollows renamed the ship Pacific Princess in Sydney on 8 December 2002.

This ship has been the subject of a state aid decision by the European Commission: Decision 2006/219.

On 14 October 2016, Pacific Princess collided with the breakwater at Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France and was holed below the waterline. There were no injuries amongst the 669 passengers and 382 crew.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Asklander, Micke. "M/S R Three (1999)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 469–470. ISBN 981-246-739-4.
  3. "Cruise ship Pacific Princess breached after collision with breakwater in Nice". Maritime Herald. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.

Curtis, Paul (2005). Pacific Princess: The Love Boat. Rose Publishing. ISBN 0-975726-6-09. 

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