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MV Regal Princess (1991) – Past and Present

MV Pacific Dawn

ex Regal Princess

© John Wilson

Pacific Dawn –  © John Wilson (Brisbane, 29/04/2017)

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1991 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5840) as a Passenger (Cruise) Vessel for Sitmar Cruises

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $276.8 million
  • Length: 244.96 m (overall) 204.0 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.25 m
  • Depth: 11.40 m
  • Draught: 8.100 m
  • Tonnage: 69845 gross/34907 net/6896t deadweight
  • Engines: Four MAN-B&W 8L58/64 diesels
  • Power: 12000 kW/16314 bHP
  • Speed: 19.5 knots (22.5 knots max)
  • Capacity: 1900 passengers
  • Crew: 621/710
  • Passenger Decks: 11
  • Call Sign: ICGP, 2AGH7
  • MMSI Number: 235059368
  • IMO Number: 8521232
  • Official Number: 1166
  • Port of Registry: Palermo/Italy, Monrovia/Liberia, Hamilton/Bermuda, London/UK
  • Sister Ships: Crown Princess

Current Location

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1988: Ordered by Sitmar Cruises.

March 29th 1990: Launched.

June 5th 1991: Trials.

July 20th 1991: Delivered to Astramar, Palermo, Italy. (P&O Cruises).

August 8th 1991: Christened in New York by Margaret Thatcher (the then Prime Minister of the UK).

© Wolfgang Kramer

Regal Princess – © Wolfgang Kramer (27/06/2003)

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Dover) (Both)

© John Mavin  © John Mavin

© John Mavin (Dover) (Both)

1992: Transferred to Princess Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia.

October 2007: Transferred to P&O Australia, London, U.K. and renamed PACIFIC DAWN

January 1st 2008: Registered owner: Carnival PLC

© John Wilson

Pacific Dawn – © John Wilson (Brisbane, 03/08/2013)

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson (Brisbane, 20/12/2014)

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson (Brisbane, 16/03/2017)

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Wolfgang Kramer, John Mavin and John Wilson for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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