Last night I felt honored to have been invited to attend the Princess Cruises launch event in Soho, London. Here is what we found out…
Princess Cruises has announced that 2020 will be its biggest European season ever, with available capacity up by 15% on 2019.
A total of 1.4m cruise nights will be on offer from the UK, an increase of 30% on 2019. For the first time ever Princess Cruises will have three ships sailing a full season from Southampton.
Meanwhile the line’s newest ship, Enchanted Princess, will hold its naming ceremony in Southampton in late June. Enchanted Princess will be the first Princess Cruises vessel to be named in the UK since Royal Princess in 2013, further demonstrating the line’s commitment to the local market.
The 3,080-guest Crown Princess will sail for over 150 days from Southampton, covering May to November. In addition the 2,200-guest Island Princess will spend June to October sailing from Southampton to northern Europe while the 3,560-guest Regal Princess will head round Britain from May to September.
Crown Princess will set sail for the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and northern Europe including a series of new voyages:
· An eight-day Norwegian Fjords voyage to Bergen, Aalesund, Olden/Nordfjord, Hellesylt Geiranger and Stavanger
· A 13-day summer holiday cruise in August to Barcelona, Marseille, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Sardinia and Ceuta in Spanish Morocco
· A 17-day Mediterranean voyage to Lisbon, Santorini (Greece), Mykonos (Greece), Kusadasi (Turkey), Katakolon (Greece) and Cartagena (Spain)
· A four-day sailing to Rotterdam and the Channel Islands
Prior to Crown Princess’ UK season the ship will sail a shorter series of fly-Mediterranean cruises in April and May.
Island Princess will also be based in Southampton and similarly will take in a range of new sailings including:
· A 12-day Northern Capitals cruise to cities including Hamburg (for Berlin), Copenhagen, Oslo, Amsterdam, Brussels/Bruges (Zeebrugge) and Paris (Le Havre)
· A 14-day Scandinavia & Russia Collection cruise to Bornholm (Denmark), Stockholm, Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg, Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Visby (Sweden), Helsingborg (Sweden) and Copenhagen. The calls to Stockholm and St Petersburg are both overnight visits
· Two 12-day Northern Lights cruises to the Norwegian destinations of Aalesund, Tromso, Alta (overnight) and Stavanger
· 16 or 32-day cruises to New York via northern Europe, either on a one-way or roundtrip basis
Enchanted Princess’ naming ceremony will be at the end of June 2020 before the ship heads to the Mediterranean for the summer.
Regal Princess will sail the British Isles from May to September, travelling to destinations including Liverpool, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh. This marks the first time the ship has spent a season based in the UK.
Meanwhile the 3,660-guest Sky Princess, which launches next year, will spend its first spring and summer season sailing Scandinavia and Russia roundtrip from Copenhagen. From April to September, the ship will take in the likes of Stockholm, Oslo, Tallinn, Helsinki, Berlin (Warnemunde) and an overnight stay in St Petersburg.
As such, three of Princess Cruises’ newest ships – Enchanted, Sky and Regal – will all be based in Europe in 2020.
The announcements form part of Princess Cruises’ 2020 programme, which includes sailings across Europe as well as Asia, the Caribbean, Alaska and Canada & New England. The UK-based ships, Crown Princess and Island Princess, will go on sale on Thursday November 8, 2018 at 9am with the rest of Europe, Caribbean and Canada & New England sailings available from 5pm the same day. Alaska and Japan voyages are on sale on Thursday November 15, 2018 at 5pm.
For all 2020 cruises, Princess’ Elite guests are able to book 48 hours before the stated times.
All cruises are available for a reduced deposit of £50 per person.
Further afield, highlights include:
· 65 Japan voyages setting sail from either Tokyo or Kobe on the 2,670-guest Diamond Princess
· 28 summer Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale with seven, 14 and 21-night options
· 63 Australia sailings on four ships departing from Freemantle, Auckland, Brisbane or Sydney
· Over 130 Alaska sailings across eight ships, with departures from Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Whittier and Vancouver
· 16 Canada & New England sailings on Sky Princess or Caribbean Princess, which depart from Fort Lauderdale, New York or Quebec
Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “Europe remains the most popular holiday destination for our UK guests so we’re delighted to offer more choice than ever before in 2020. The fact Southampton will see the launch of Enchanted Princess and that we have two of our newest ships, Sky Princess and Regal Princess, sailing in Europe, is a testament to the ever-growing popularity of Princess Cruises in the UK.
About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 18 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year to more than 380 destinations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England and World Cruises. Itineraries range in length from three to 111 days.
Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship, Sky Princess, under construction scheduled for delivery in October 2019. Princess recently announced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests with expected delivery in 2023 and 2025. Princess now has five ships arriving over the next six years between 2019 & 2025. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).
I would like to say a big thank you to Princess Cruises, in particular, Tony, Rachel and Camilla for their support, efforts and for inviting me to be part of #princess2020.
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