Sea Princess at Fort-de-France
|Port of registry:||Bermuda|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2010|
|Class and type:||Sun-class cruise ship|
|Tonnage:||77,000 gross register tons (GRT)|
Sea Princess (formerly Adonia) is a Sun-class cruise ship operated by the Princess Cruises line. She has three sister ships: Sun Princess and Dawn Princess in the Princess Cruises fleet and Oceana in the P&O Cruises fleet.
The vessel was delivered to Princess Cruises from the shipbuilders of Fincantieri, Italy and began operation in 1998, under the name Sea Princess.
Sea Princess was transferred to P&O Cruises in late 2002/early 2003. The vessel was renamed Adonia on May 21, 2003, at a launching ceremony with sister ship Oceana. The Princess Royal and her daughter Zara Phillips named the sister ships in the first double ship naming ceremony ever.
Adonia filled the gap left in the P&O Cruises fleet in the period between Arcadia(3) leaving the fleet to become Ocean Village and the launch of the new Arcadia in 2005, when the vessel was transferred back to Princess Cruises; reassuming her old name. The ship also received the "Movies Under The Stars" feature.
Whilst sailing as Adonia the vessel was dedicated as an Adults Only ship - which may have influenced the choice of name - Ad On ia - and for this period the children's playroom was refitted as a quiet lounge which featured massage chairs facing the panoramic windows. The children's play pool was converted into a Feng Shui relaxation area.
At the end of May 2006, 250 people, including 18 crew, were affected by a norovirus. Evidence of a gastrointestinal virus had been found during the last two days of the previous cruise, but the company stated that it did not believe the two outbreaks to be linked. The passengers were only notified of this occurrence by a letter found in their cabins after boarding. Although the ship's itinerary had been altered, and the vessel itself ordered to dock away from other vessels, no other countermeasures were effected. Sea Princess returned to port in Southampton a day early, and the vessel underwent a complete sanitisation and decontamination before resuming cruising. Passengers were offered a 30% refund and a £150 voucher for use on a later Princess cruise, although some have demanded a full refund.
From September 11 to September 25, 2009, the Sea Princess went into drydock at BAE Systems, Pier 70 in San Francisco. Some open deck area on Sea Princess will be transformed into Princess’ “Oasis of Tranquility,” the Sanctuary. The propellers, rudders and thrusters were refurbished. The photo gallery area and Lotus Spa are getting remodeled and the Passenger Services Desk is getting new flooring.