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Former Princess Cruise Ship Starts a New Life

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Princess Cruises’ former Golden Princess has received a new name and look as she’s now sailing as the Pacific Adventure. The vessel is the newest addition to the P&O Cruises Australia fleet of three ships, and the latest to come out of drydock. 

The dry dock included creating diverse dining experiences, such as options with Luke Mangan, an Australian chef and restaurateur, and Johnny Di Francesco (a Melbourne-based chef who won the Best Chef Award).

Also included is P&O’s famous restaurant trio, which includes Angelo’s Italian, the pan-Asian-inspired Dragon Lady, and The Waterfront. Plus there’s the popular The Pantry, an international marketplace that offers comforting, modern, and fresh cuisine.

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With the addition of the Adventure Hotel and the Blue Room, the ship’s public spaces now have the P&O look. These venues reflect the vibrant nightlife scene featuring some of Australia’s most renowned musicians.

Pacific Adventure was also given the distinctive Southern Cross livery during dry dock at Fincantieri Trieste ATSM Shipyard in Italy. 

“We can’t wait to show Pacific Adventure off to our guests and to again welcome everyone on board our magnificent three-ship fleet,” P&O Cruises Australia President Steven Myrmell said.

Once cruising resumes, the 109,000-gross registered ton Pacific Adventure will be homeported in Sydney.

It was first announced in 2017 that Golden Princess would be transferred to P&O Cruises Australia, and sailing by 2020. The cruise industry shutdown delayed plans of the vessel being transferred (both companies are owned by Carnival Corporation). The vessel sailed for Princess Cruises from 2001 to 2020. 

The former Star Princess and Dawn Princess are also sailing for the line under the names Pacific Explorer and Pacific Encounter, respectively.

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The former Dawn Princess now sails as the Pacific Explorer (Photo via P&O Cruises)

The ship’s return to service date is still unknown. As of September 2021, cruising in Australia is still suspended.

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