There were two sister ships being built at the time in the Mitsubishi yard, and although this vessel was meant to be the first to be completed, this fire was obviously going to cause a serious delay in her completion, so they "swapped" the names of the two vessels, re-naming the OTHER (undamaged) ship, DIAMOND PRINCESS, and this one the SAPPHIRE PRINCESS, (and which was completed in mid-2004).
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