Princess Cruises has announced the sale of Pacific Princess.
The 670-passenger vessel, the third ship in the Renaissance-class series, was sold to an undisclosed buyer.
Pacific joined the Princess fleet in 2002 having originally entered service in 1999 as R3 for Renaissance Cruises.
Three other Renaissance-class ships are currently operated by Azamara – as Journey, Quest and Pursuit.
There has been speculation in recent years around Azamara – which was this week sold by Royal Caribbean Group to private equity firm Sycamore Partners – looking to expand its fleet with similar hardware.
Pacific’s disposal comes as Princess parent Carnival Corporation accelerates the removal of some of its older ships.
Guests with bookings onboard Pacific and their travel agents will be notified and receive information on how to rebook on another Princess ship when operations resume. Guests can also opt for a refund.
Princess president Jan Swartz said the ship “holds so many memories and cherished experiences to all who sailed upon her”.