Japanese non-profit organisation, Peace Boat, looks set to replace its fleet of cruise ships and welcome a new ship in 2021.
According to Hong Kong Cruise Society, Peace Boat will be removing Ocean Dream and Zenith from service, replacing them with one larger ship. The new ship will be chartered and renamed Pacific World from Spring 2021. Specifications released by Peace Boat, indicate the ship has previously operated cruises from Taiwan and Japan, suggesting the new ship is the current Sun Princess, which is the only vessel to have done such deployments.
Both Princess Cruises and Carnival Corporation have made no indication that Sun Princess is being sold, however unlike other ships in the fleet, the ship has no scheduled sailings on sale after 28 August 2021.
Promotional material shows a Sun-class cruise ship. Sun Princess and Sea Princess currently remain in service for Princess Cruises. Pacific Explorer is operated by P&O Cruises Australia and only joined the fleet in 2017. Oceana was recently sold to Seajets and renamed Queen of the Oceans.
Peace Boat operates a number of world cruises each year and recently acquired Zenith from Pullmantur. Its other cruise ship, Ocean Dream is the former Tropicale for Carnival Cruise Lines and Costa Cruises.
It is not known what will happen to the two former ships, however with the bankruptcy of Pullmantur and the age of Ocean Dream, it is very likely that they will be sold for scrap.
The 2,419-passenger Pacific World is being introduced to provide more balcony accommodation, better ventilation systems and to ensure better safety for all passengers and crew in the post-pandemic era.