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MS Pacific Princess is a cruise ship owned by Princess Cruises and operated by Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia. She was built in 1999 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France as MS R Three for Renaissance Cruises.
Pacific Princess offers cruises out of Sydney, Australia in November - April during the southern hemisphere summer season. The other half of the year is spent in Princess Cruises' US-based fleet.
The vessel first entered operation in 1999, with Renaissance Cruises. The ship was not owned by the company, possession instead residing with a group of French investors, who leased the ship to the company. In late 2001, the entire Renaissance fleet was seized by creditors.
In late 2002, Princess Cruises chartered the R Three, along with sister ship R Four (now Ocean Princess). Both vessels entered operation by the end of 2002. The charter terminated at the end of 2004, at which time both vessels were purchased by Princess Cruises. Gabi Hollows renamed the ship Pacific Princess in Sydney on 8 December 2002.
This ship has been the subject of a State aid decision by the European Commission: Decision 2006/219.