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SHIP VISIT TO SEA PRINCESS (PRINCESS CRUISES)
Port: Hong Kong
Berth: Ocean Terminal (south berth), Tsim Sha Tsui
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About the Visit
Sea Princess at Ocean Terminal
Cruise lovers around
the world should be familiar with Princess Cruises, one of the largest and
most well-known cruise lines. Founded in 1965, it does not have a very long history, yet was made famous
by the American television series "The Love Boat" in the 1970s. Now it is
part of Carnival Corporation and one of the most successful cruise lines in
the world. The current 16 ships sail to all the seven continents in the
world, featuring many unique itineraries.
Hong Kong has never been a strange
place to this company. Their ships have visited our city regularly since
many years ago. From the world cruises of the smallest Pacific Princess
(Explorer Class), the Round Pacific Cruises of the mid-sized Sun Princess
(Sun Class) and the seasonal Asia sailings of the megaship Diamond
Princess (Grand Class), we can always see the vessels in these three
classes of the fleet coming into Victoria Harbour.
Sun Princess, Dawn Princess
and Sea Princess are three sister ships in the Sun Class (with one
more that looks the same, Oceana of P&O Cruises, which was also the
former Ocean Princess). Now they are all based in Australia and sail
on various itineraries to the South Pacific and Asia. After Sun Princess's
maiden call to Hong Kong in 2008 and Dawn Princess's in 2009, it is now
the turn of Sea Princess to come.
Sea Princess entered service in
1998. In 2003, she and her younger sister Ocean Princess were
together transferred to sister company P&O Cruises, as Adonia and
Oceana respectively, for replacements in the P&O fleet after Arcadia
<III> left. Adonia had visited Hong Kong once in February 2004 in
her world cruise. After the new Arcadia <IV> made her debut in 2005,
Adonia rejoined Princess Cruises again and gain back her original
name Sea Princess.
This week we welcomed this vessel to
Hong Kong again under another name. She is currently in a 42-day voyage,
roundtrip from Sydney in Australia, to Northeast Asia. After leaving Kota
Kinabalu and sailing for two days at sea, she arrived in our city in the
morning of 21st March and moored at Ocean Terminal. She would stay here
overnight, meaning that passengers could have two days to explore this most
breathtaking city in Asia.
Besides Sea Princess, there were
also two more Princesses in Hong Kong in these two days. Pacific Princess
called at our city on 20th and 21st March, whereas Diamond Princess
also arrived this port on 22nd March. However due to limited berths at Ocean
Terminal, all of them were unfortunately unable to meet. Pacific Princess
berthed at China Merchants Wharf at Kennedy Town and Diamond Princess
was at Modern Terminals Limited at Kwai Chung.
Presentation in Vista Lounge
I was honoured to have the opportunity
to visit Sea Princess. Although seeing so many vessels of Princess
Cruises in the past and knowing so much about this company, this was just my
first time to be onboard their ships. The tour was scheduled on 22nd March,
the second day of her call. I would like to express my gratitude to Vanessa
Chan (Market Development Officer of Cruise Vacations Limited, the General
Sale Agency of Princess Cruises in Hong Kong) for inviting me to join the
Together with other visitors, we
embarked the ship at 10:30. The programme began with a brief presentation in
Vista Lounge about the cruise line, the ship and the upcoming itineraries.
After that a number of crew escorted the visitors to walk around the ship.
They showed us many public facilities on different decks, from the open-air
sport facilities and bars on upper decks to the restaurants and performing
venues to lower decks. The tour lasted for around 45 minutes. Since Hong
Kong was not a turnaround port for this sailing, almost all the passenger
cabins were occupied and we could not have the chance to see the
I was particularly impressed by the
stunning four-deck-high atrium, even those on the larger Grand Class ships
have three decks only. The Riviera pool area is also unusually large in such
size of ship. Thank for the good weather today which enabled me to take many
nice pictures at outdoor. For the indoor area, the well-designed locations
of public rooms help to generate a smoother passenger flow. The introduction
of more small rooms, especially for bars and lounges, instead of a single
large venue also creates a "big ship choice, small ship feel".
After the tour, all guests went to the Traviata
Dining Room on Deck 6 amidships to have some refreshments, which was indeed the famous
afternoon tea on Princess Cruises. Scones, finger sandwiches, cookies,
pastries and cakes were served. Finally I disembarked at around 14:00.
Passengers were all aboard shortly and
Sea Princess then departed at 17:00. Her next port of call will be Shanghai
This was just the first chapter of the
story. It is exciting that this year I will be able to see all the four
sister ships in this class. I have already booked a cruise in Western Europe
on P&O Cruises' Oceana in June. Moreover, Dawn Princess will
call at Hong Kong in August and Sun Princess in September. If I can
also visit these two Princesses, then it will be a wonderful achievement for
being onboard all the four Sun Class ships within half a year.
When I saw the P&O Officers' Sword
(which can be found on many P&O ships as an official gift in the naming
ceremony) of Adonia on Sea Princess,
I am very interested in the difference between this vessel and Oceana.
Does Sea Princess change a lot when returning from P&O Cruises to
Princess Cruises? I am going to find out the answer very soon. An
article for the detailed comparison of all the four Sun Class ships is
expected to be
written later this year.
P&O Officers' Sword of Adonia
Joanna Lumley, Godmother of Sea
Refreshments in Traviata Dining Room
Refreshments in Traviata Dining Room
Sea Princess Departed from Hong Kong
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