© Willem OldenburgMV Sea Princess – Past and Present

MV Sea Princess

ex Adonia, Sea Princess

© John Wilson

© John Wilson

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1998 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5998) for Princess Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $300 million
  • Length on deck: 261.31m (overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 32.25m (extreme)
  • Draught: 8.10m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 77,441 gross/8,251 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 16-cylinder, Sulzer-Grandi Motori diesel-electric (28,000kW)
  • Propulsion/Propellers: 46,080 kW diesel-electric:2
  • Speed: 19.5 knots
  • Capacity: 1950 (max 2272)
  • Passenger decks: 10
  • Crew: 850
  • Navigation Officers: British
  • Call Sign: MZLT8, ZCBU3
  • IMO Number: 9150913
  • MMSI Number: 310465000
  • Registry: Monrovia/Liberia, London/United Kingdom, Hamilton/Bermuda
  • Sister Ships: Dawn Princess, Ocean Princess, Sun Princess

Current Location

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November 1998: Delivered to Princess Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia.

December 17th 1998: Christened at Fort Lauderdale.

December 19th 1998: Maiden cruise from Fort Lauderdale.

2000: Transferred to British flag, Home port London.

2003: Transferred to P&O Cruises. Renamed ADONIA.

© Ingvar  © Robert J Smith

© Ingvar (left) and © Robert J Smith (right)

© Aleksi Lindström

May 27th 2005: British actress Joanna Lumley, from the hit TV comedy show “Absolutely Fabulous”, sent the traditional bottle of champagne crashing against Princess Cruises’ SEA PRINCESS today in a ceremony at Southampton. SEA PRINCESS was given her original name following an extensive refit in Southampton’s dry dock, after sailing for the past two years as the P&O Cruises ADONIA. The spectacular quayside ceremony in the city’s Western Docks, featured a firework display over the ship, and was attended by many entertainment celebrities and expects to raise thousands of pounds for children’s charity, Barnardo’s.

© Willem Oldenburg  © Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg (Ijmuiden, 13/07/2008)

© Cees Bustraan  © Cees Bustraan

© Cees Bustraan (Willemstad, 18/11/2009)

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson

© John Wilson (Brisbane, 17/12/2017)

July 9th 2019: Arrived in Dover.

© Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)  © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)

Dover 09/07/19 © Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping)

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: Cees Bustraan, Benoit Donne, Aleksi Lindström, Willem Oldenburg, Robert J Smith, Nigel Scutt (Dover Strait Shipping) and John Wilson for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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