Calling into Bergen today was the modestly sized Pacific Princess.
Considerably smaller than most modern mass-market cruise ships, many passengers are drawn to the more intimate experience on offer, with a relaxed atmosphere and shorter queues.
Pacific Princess originally enetered service in 1998 as R Three for the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises. She was one of an ambitious series of eight identical ships built for the line between 1998 and 2001. Unfortunately this turned out to be a step too far, and Renaissance Cruises ceased operations in 2001 (this is often attributed to unlucky timing; their closure came with the massive global downturn in travel that followed the 9/11 attacks in the USA).
In the following years, this fleet of eight smart, modern cruise ships found their way to a variety of cruise lines across the world. Princess Cruises initially took two of these (with a third, Royal Princess, added in 2007). Pacific Princess has remainded a member of their fleet since 2002, and is at this stage the sole R-Class ship operated by Princess Cruises.
Pacific Princess has a legth of 181m, a tonnage of 30,277 and can accommodate up to 826 passengers, with a crew of 323.
The following photos were taken as Pacific Princess departed the city this afternoon, as seen from the Bergen-Askøy ferry.