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Princess Cruises moves two cruise ships to P&O Australia earlier than expected

Star Princess cruise ship

Princess Cruises announced plans to move two of its Grand Class cruise ships to P&O Cruises Australia have been expedited, and the transition will occur earlier than expected.

The two ships, Golden Princess and Star Princess, was set to occur in 2021, but instead took place already.

The Golden Princess had already been retired from Princess Cruises' fleet, but Star Princess still had scheduled sailings into 2021.

Once the two ships join P&O's fleet, the Golden Princess will be renamed to Pacific Adventure, and Star Princess will be renamed to Pacific Encounter.

Golden Princess cruise ship

Both vessels are expected to enter service in Australia in 2021.

Golden Princess first joined the Princess fleet in May 2001 with her sister ship Star Princess setting sail the following year in January 2002.

"Golden Princess and Star Princess have sailed all over the world, creating lifelong memories for the millions of guests who sailed upon these beloved cruise ships," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.

"We know their wonderful legacy will continue under sister brand P&O Cruises Australia, which has become so well-known for delivering unforgettable cruise holidays for Aussies and Kiwis to some of the most idyllic destinations in the South Pacific."