Princess Cruises has unveiled its biggest ever Australia programme, which includes record capacity in Sydney and Adelaide and the deployment of its two newest ships.
The 2020-21 programme, which goes on sale from April 11, 2019, offers holidaymakers a choice of 123 cruises, with five Princess ships departing from six ports across Australia between October 2020 and April 2021.
Princess will visit almost 80 destinations in 19 countries and increase the number of cruise days to their highest ever level. The programme features visits to 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites and a range of late night departures.
The season will see the line’s newest ship, the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess, return to Australia for her third season to sail alongside sister ship, Regal Princess, which will make her inaugural visit. Both vessels will be based in Sydney and offer 35 cruises between them, boosting Princess Cruises’ Sydney capacity to record levels.
The move marks the first time that Princess Cruises has deployed two Royal-Class ships from the same port outside of Florida.
Additional highlights include:
·Regal Princess’ maiden voyage from Sydney to New Zealand, taking in ports including Bay of Islands, Auckland, Picton (Marlborough Wine Region), Christchurch (Lyttleton), Dunedin and Fiordland. Fares for the 13-night cruise start from £1,469 per person departing on December 2, 2020
· An unprecedented 20 cruises to and from Adelaide, representing the biggest ever cruise industry commitment to South Australia. The deployment features six roundtrip cruises from Adelaide on Sea Princess and Sapphire Princess, as well as a further 14 one-way itineraries on Sea Princess, Sapphire Princess and Majestic Princess. Fares start from £1,359 per person for the 14-night Southern and Eastern Explorer cruise which departs Adelaide on November 16, 2020
· Sapphire Princess will take in destinations such as New Zealand, South Australia and Tasmania on a series of cruises from Melbourne and Sydney. The ship will also sail on a Northern Explorer itinerary, taking guests from Melbourne to Fremantle via Darwin and the Kimberley region including the ship’s maiden visit to Eden. Fares start from £1,389 per person for the 13-night New Zealand cruise which departs from Melbourne on October 28, 2020
· Sea Princess will be based in Perth (Fremantle) to sail the Western Australian coastline from Broome to Albany and longer voyages to South East Asia. Fares start from £2,659 per person for the 26-night Southeast Asia Grand Adventure cruise departing Perth (Fremantle) on January 11, 2021
Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK & Europe, said: “Australia cruises are booming in popularity with our UK guests so I’m delighted we’re offering our widest ever choice of calls and ships. From short sailings visiting picturesque Australian coastal towns to exotic voyages to Papua New Guinea and Asia, holidaymakers can tick off a range of bucket list destinations down under and all from the comfort of our premium service ships.”
Princess Cruises is offering a 12-night Australia and New Zealand sailing on Regal Princess from £1,429 per person. Departing January 22, 2021 and sailing from Sydney to Auckland, ports of call include Hobart, Fiordland National Park (scenic cruising), Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Akaroa, Picton, Wellington and Tauranga.
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 17 modern cruise ships, carrying two million guests each year on 170 itineraries 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.
In 2017 Princess Cruises, with parent company Carnival Corporation, introduced MedallionClass cruises enabled by the Ocean Medallion – the cruises industry’s most advanced wearable device, provided free to each guest sailing on a MedallionClass ship. The award-winning innovation offers the fastest way to a hassle-free, personalised cruise, giving guests more opportunity to enjoy their time onboard. Ocean Medallion will be activated on five ships by the end of 2019. An activation plan will continue across the global fleet in 2020 and beyond.
Princess Cruises continues its multi-year, “Come Back New Promise” – a £330 million-pound product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign that will continue to enhance the line’s onboard guest experience. These product innovations include partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone; shows created in partnership with Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz; immersive activities for the whole family from Discovery and Animal Planet from exclusive shore excursions to onboard activities; the ultimate sleep at sea with the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed and more.
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).
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