Where did you get this information Paul? I have found a report on the Maritime Matters site, but I have found that they are not always accurate. Last November they reported that Cunard were not taking Queen Victoria and that she was going to Holland America. Pure fantasy.
Both Swan Hellenic and Princess belong to Carnival. The Carnival corporate web site usually provides details of fleet changes, but there is no report. There is nothing in the press releases on the Swan Hellenic site. Princess do not have a press release page on their website.
Another odd thing about this report is that there has been talk of Princess getting rid of at least one of their two ex-Renaissance ships (Pacific Princess and Tahitian Princess) as they are too small to be economical.
I would be very interested to have more information on this one.
Swan Hellenic have at last published a statement. The following extract sets out the situation: -
Recently and following discussions with Swan Hellenic’s parent company Carnival Corporation and plc, a decision has been taken to re-deploy Minerva II into one of the Company’s sister brands - Princess Cruises. This is not however, scheduled to take place until April 2007.
Regrettably this means that Minerva II will cease to operate as a Swan Hellenic vessel in April 2007, after the Winter 2006-7 programme has been completed. This decision is a purely commercial one. No replacement vessel has been identified at this stage, and the Company is pursuing various alternatives for the continued operation of the brand.
There seems to be a lack of co-ordination in the Carnival empire.