I was on two navy ships as they were drydocked. The most impressive was when the carrier Nimitz was floated in and put on the blocks at Newport News. Those shipyard workers are artists at putting these huge ships on those little blocks. It has to be perfect each time or it can buckle the keel.
Penny, I read someplace that Princess felt they no longer needed one ship dedicated exclusively to Tahiti and the South Pacific. They plan to use Ocean Princess on many itineraries and so the new name was appropriate.
Looking at the Cruise Atlas for next year I see they have 7 Tahiti and Polynesia sailings; but they have cut the Hawaii and Tahiti sailings down to one. Pacific Princess is taking Tahitian Princess' place.
They had some great itineraries, especially the Hawaii/Tahiti one. Oh well, guess it didn't sell enough. Air fare is a killer. They had one I really, really, really wanted to book. 16 day Tahiti to Australia, $899/pp for a balcony. Air fare was $3200/pp. Needless to say, I couldn't book the trip. The Tahitian Princess just sounded so exotic to me, the Ocean Princess just sounds sort of, well, dull