Pacific Sun (ship)

Pacific Sun (ship)
Pacific Sun and James Craig.jpg
Pacific Sun and the tall ship James Craig in Darling Harbour during 2011
Name: Pacific Sun
Jubilee 1986–2004
Operator: Carnival Cruise Lines 1986–2004
P&O Cruises Australia 2004
Port of registry:  Liberia 1986–1996
 Panama 1996–2000
 Bahamas 2000-2004
 United Kingdom 2004-2010
 Malta 2010
Builder: Kockums Varv, Malmö, Sweden
Cost: US$134 million
Launched: 26 October 1985
Acquired: June 1986
Maiden voyage: July 1986
In service: 6 July 1986
Identification: Call sign: 9HA2479
IMO number: 8314122
MMSI no.: 248708000
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2][3]
General characteristics
Class and type: Holiday class cruise ship
Tonnage: 47,262 GT
Displacement: 6,405 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 223.4 m (733 ft)
Beam: 28.2 m (92 ft 6 in)
Draft: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
Decks: 10 passenger decks
Installed power: 2×7 cylinder Sulzer diesels, combined 23520 kW
Propulsion: Two propellers
Speed: 21.7 kn (40.19 km/h; 24.97 mph)
Capacity: 1,486 passengers
Crew: 670
Notes: [1][2]

MS Pacific Sun is a Holiday class cruise ship operated by P&O Cruises Australia. At 47,000 tons, Pacific Sun is a medium-sized ship, accommodating up to 1,900 passengers. She was built in 1986 by Kockums Varv, Malmö, Sweden, for Carnival Cruise Lines as MS Jubilee, along with near-sister ship Celebration. The other near-sister ship of the class, Holiday, was built earlier by Aalborg Værft in Ålborg, Denmark.

In 2004, the vessel was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia and renamed Pacific Sun. Pacific Sun arrived in Australia in November 2004, and began year-round cruises from Sydney to the South Pacific and tropical north Queensland. She is based out of Brisbane, the largest year-round liner to be based in Queensland. After receiving a multi-million dollar makeover, she is currently sailing in all white colours, like P&O's other ships, along with new amenities.[4] Unlike her sisters Grand Celebration and Grand Holiday, Pacific Sun was the only ship who's funnel was changed upon leaving the Carnival Cruise Line fleet; her sister's funnels were simply painted over, while Sun had Carnival's iconic wings removed.

In late July, 2008, 42 passengers were injured in a storm.[5] The event became widely known when video footage was reposted on the internet two years later.[6]


  1. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. London: Berlitz. pp. 515–516. ISBN 978-981-268-564-3. 
  2. ^ a b Micke Asklander. "M/S Jubilee (1986)" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pacific Sun - Vessel's Details and Current Position". MarineTraffic. 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pacific Sun". P&O Cruises. 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Paul Chapman (1 August 2008). "Passengers hurt as storm rocks New Zealand cruise ship". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Laura Trowbridge (September 9, 2010). "Shocking footage of havoc onboard cruise ship caught in big storm". Digital Journal. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 

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