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Coral Princess 107 Day World Cruise from Australia 2022

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Coral Princess Sets Sail On Her First 107 Day World Cruise from Sydney in 2022

107-Day Voyage Offers 43 Destinations in 27 Countries on 6 Continents

Princess Cruises have announced a 107-Day World Cruise for the ultimate bucket-list seekers. In May 2022, Coral Princess will be sailing round trip from Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.

The 107-day circumnavigation of the globe will include the Mediterranean, Norway, Iceland and the Arctic Circle. Other highlights will include a transit of the Panama Canal, a firm favourite. In addition, guests have over 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to choose from.

107 Day World Cruise Highlights

The cruise will sail the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Panama Canal and Pacific Ocean, covering 34,000 nautical miles.  The epic voyage crosses the equator twice, the international date line and travels above the Arctic Circle.

Thingvellir National Park (Reykjavik)

Guests can depart from one of the three roundtrip departure homeports, with the option of 14 unique itineraries ranging from 19 to 107 days;

Auckland – May 14, 2022
Sydney – May 18, 2022
Brisbane – May 20, 2022

Olden, Norway is one of the 4 maiden world cruise ports.

The Four maiden World Cruise ports are;

  • Sibenik (Croatia)
  • Olden (Norway)
  • Isafjordur (Iceland)
  • Cornwall (Falmouth, United Kingdom)

Access to more than 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including;

  • The archaeological “lost” city of Petra from Aqaba
  • Gorham’s Cave Complex from Gibraltar. A sea-level cave considered to be a last known habitations of the Neanderthals
  • The Statue of Liberty, New York
  • Thingvellir National Park, Reykjavik. See stunning views of the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates

Notable sailing experiences include;

  • Easter Island scenic cruising
  • A full transit of the Panama Canal (including Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks)
  • A Suez Canal transit in Egypt

Guests will benefit from more time in port, with 12 late nights and 4 overnight stays. Princess Cruises’ “More Ashore” promise includes Dubai, Venice, New York and Lima (Callao).

Optional overland tours of Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands are available from Lima (Callao), Peru.

Optional overland tours include the Galapagos Islands

Stay Persistently Connected with MedallionNet – the Best Wi-Fi at Sea

Coral Princess MedallionNet offers fast, unlimited, reliable, and affordable connectivity. Every stateroom has an access point, which allows guests to stream their favourite shows, play games and music; connect to social media sites; and video chat from anywhere on the ship.

World Cruise Early Booking Benefit and Captain’s Circle Savings

Onboard credit and discounts are available to past guests, when booked by April 30, 2021. This offer is combinable with launch and group promotions, but do not apply to third or fourth berth guests.

Prices and availability for the 107 Day World Cruise on Coral Princess 2022 can be found here.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through the company’s website at princess.com.

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Princess Cruises Announce Australia & NZ 2021-22

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Princess Cruises Announces Australia & New Zealand Itineraries for 2021-22

One of the Largest Deployments Offered with 5 Ships Sailing to 82 Desired Destinations in 19 Countries

With once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for seaside exploration, cultural immersion, unique wildlife, regional wine and magical landscapes, Princess Cruises announced destination-rich itineraries for the cruise line’s upcoming Australia and New Zealand 2021-2022 season, on sale September 16, 2020, that also includes visiting popular South Pacific tropical destinations of Fiji, Papa New Guinea, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu.

One of its largest deployments ever offered, five ships will sail to 82 destinations in 19 countries on 59 unique itineraries. Royal Princess, Emerald Princess, Sapphire Princess, Coral Princess, and Pacific Princess will cruise this season with voyages ranging in length from two to 36 days. Options abound with sailings between a variety of homeports including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland, as well as journeys afar to Southeast Asia and North America.

Itinerary highlights of the Australia and New Zealand October 2021 through April 2022 season for bucket-list aficionados comprise:

  • Roundtrip New Zealand sailings ranging from 11 to 14 days, from a variety of homeports in Australia including Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Itineraries feature the famed Marlborough Wine Region (from Picton) and scenic cruising of the glacier-carved fjords of Fiordland National Park.

  • Four one-way Australia & New Zealand voyages between Sydney and Auckland travelling to key home ports including Melbourne and Christchurch on Royal Princess and Emerald Princess.
  • Circumnavigate the “Down Under” continent on a Round Australia voyage departing from Sydney and Brisbane, including visits to Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef and scenic cruising of the epic Kimberley Coast.

  • Discover the remote island of Tasmania on roundtrip voyages from five to 10 days from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
  • Visit many islands of the South Pacific including Fiji, Hawaii & Tahiti, New Caledonia & Vanuatu or Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands on a variety of voyages ranging from 11 to 35 days.

  • Variety of Hawaii, Tahiti & South Pacific Crossing voyages connecting North America to Australia in autumn 2021 and spring 2022, ranging from 27 to 29 days.
  • Several two- to four-day Australia and Tasmania Getaway cruises from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with stops in Newcastle, Eden and Hobart. Offering more time to maximise the experience in each location, Princess lists 14 destinations with late-night, or “More Ashore” stays, including Auckland, Darwin, Hobart and. Sydney, to name a few.

 

Access to 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites including:

  • Tasmanian Wilderness (from Burnie) – one of the largest conservation areas in Australia covering nearly 20 percent of Tasmania.
  • Greater Blue Mountains with the chance to gaze up at the Three Sisters spectacular rock formation (from Sydney).
  • Chief Roi Mata’s Domain (from Port Vila) – the most notable chief in Vanuatu’s history, the “domain” is the first site inscribed in Vanuatu and is a triangle including his old tribe village, his burial grounds, as well as the cave where he supposedly died.
  • Komodo National Park (on Komodo Island in Indonesia) – founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest lizard.
  • Two Cruisetour options – Australian Outback and Ultimate Australia – offer guests the opportunity to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru National Park’s iconic Ayers Rock, combining a multi-night land tour with a traditional cruise. Guests also spend time in world-class cities like Sydney, Darwin and Cairns.

OceanMedallion Transforms the Cruise Experience

Onboard MedallionClass ships sailing Australia and New Zealand itineraries, the OceanMedallion wearable device transforms holidays by making the entire cruise experience effortless, delivering highly personalised service and enabling touchless interactive experiences and entertainment. Among enhancements, guests enjoy streamlined boarding; on-demand food, beverage, retail and service delivery; keyless stateroom entry; contactless payment; friends and family locator; anywhere wagering; interactive games; and movies/live TV on the go.

Stay Persistently Connected with MedallionNet – the Best Wi-Fi at Sea

Select Australia and New Zealand itineraries offer the best Wi-Fi at sea, MedallionNet, on board so guests can stay persistently connected to the things they love and share holiday memories with ease. MedallionNet offers unprecedented connectivity that’s fast, unlimited, reliable, and affordable with an access point in every stateroom, so guests can stream favourite movies, shows, games and music; connect to favourite social media sites; and video chat from anywhere on the ship.

With many notable “best of” accolades, Princess Cruises is a top cruise line in Australia and a recognised destination leader in the cruise industry.

Captain’s Circle Savings

Princess Cruises past guests are eligible for a discount off launch fares when they book by February 28, 2021. This discount can be combined with launch and group promotions. These discounts do not apply to third or fourth berth guests.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

Princess Cruises is currently enhancing health and safety protocols with input from global health leaders in light of COVID-19 and assessing how they may impact future itineraries. Actual offerings may vary from what is displayed in marketing materials. Click on the following links to stay updated on

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The Princess Sale offers fares from £499pp

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The Princess Sale for 2021

Princess Cruises is offering reduced fares on more than 800 voyages departing from December 2020 – May 2022 as part of ‘The Princess Sale’, with 7-night sailings available from £499pp.

The Princess Sale is open to book from today, May 1 – June 30, 2020, and includes cruises from the UK, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Alaska.

Low Deposit

Offering a low deposit of £50pp means guests don’t have to pay their balance until 90 days before departure.

The applicable voyages departing from the UK are throughout spring, summer and autumn next year. They sail to destinations across northern Europe, southern Europe, the Mediterranean and the British Isles.

The Princess Sale voyages include:

A 14-night Mediterranean Adventurer cruise on Grand Princess, departing July 24, 2021. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton calling at Seville (Cadiz), Barcelona, Marseille, Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Sardinia (Cagliari) and Ceuta. Prices from £1499pp.

·        A 7-night Scandinavia cruise on Grand Princess, departing November 15, 2021. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton calling at Oslo, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Kristiansand. Prices from £679pp.

Nyhavn buildings in Copenhagen, Denmark.

·        A 12-night British Isles cruise on Crown Princess, departing 26 May 2021. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton calling at Guernsey (St. Peter Port), Cork (Cobh), Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow (Greenock), Orkney Islands (Kirkwall), Invergordon, Edinburgh (South Queensferry) and Paris/Normandy (Le Havre). Prices from £1199pp.

Here’s a little video of Josh and I arriving at South Queensferry during a UK cruise on Ruby Princess.

As previously announced, guests booking a Princess cruise of three nights or longer can choose to add the ‘Princess Plus’ simplified onboard savings package for £35 per person per day. The package covers premium drinks, unlimited WiFi and gratuities – which is worth over £70 for guests who pay for these items in advance of their cruise, or onboard.

For more information or to book visit www.princess.com

Recommended Reading: Sapphire Princess Cruise Part One

Princess Cruises Names Ship Discovery Princess

Princess Cruises Reveal Name for Next Ship

Princess Cruises Names Ship Discovery Princess

Discovery Princess set to launch on 3 November 2021 will be the 6th Royal Class ship.  She will begin her inaugural season with a series of European Voyages.  She will be a sister ship to Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, Sky Princess (joining the fleet later this month) and Enchanted Princess (joining the fleet June 2020 and launching in Southampton).

Her maiden voyage is a seven-day Mediterranean and Aegean cruise departing Rome to Athens on November 3, 2021. For those looking for a longer cruise, this can be combined together with the subsequent seven-day Athens to Barcelona voyage to form a 14-day Adriatic & Aegean Medley sailing.

Discovery Princess will include Adriatic and Aegean Itineraries.

On completion of her short season in the Mediterranean, Discovery Princess will reposition to Fort Lauderdale. From here, she will sail a series of roundtrip cruises to the Caribbean, followed by several voyages around South America.  Ports include Buenos Aires, Santiago, Fort Lauderdale, Mexico and California.

Santiago, Chile. One of the destinations Discovery Princess will visit during her inaugural season.

MedallionClass Technology

Construction of the 143,700-tonne Discovery Princess will take place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The ship will feature the ‘MedallionClass’ technology, which gives guests a smoother and personalised cruise experience, including;

  • Expedited arrival and touchless stateroom entry.
  • On-demand services using smart devices to order drinks, food and retail items and have them delivered directly anywhere onboard, including to their stateroom.
  • Interactive game play – digital scavenger hunts, interactive games and turning their smart device into a game controller for interactive gaming on the Movies Under The Stars top-deck screen.
  • Family and friends locator – Easily locate and chat with friends and family onboard on portals throughout the ships and via guests’ smart devices, and seamlessly navigate to their next point of interest.
  • Guests can use JourneyView to digitally browse on board events, which means they won’t miss out.  This is available up to 60 days in advance, allowing for guests to plan ahead.

Future Ships For Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises have two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered ships on order, which will be delivered in late 2023 and spring 2025. More details here.

Cruise on Discovery Princess

Princess Cruises is offering the seven-day Mediterranean and Aegean inaugural sailing on Discovery Princess from £1,389 per person. Departing November 3, 2021 from Rome to Athens, calling at Naples, Crete (Heraklion), Kusadasi (for Ephesus), Istanbul and Mykonos.

The 3,660-guest ship’s maiden season is available to book from October 8, 2019. To book visit princess.com

Princess Cruises – New Gaming Production Show

Princess Cruises has revealed details of a brand new production show and concept. The exciting show ‘5-SKIES’ will debut onboard the line’s newest ships, Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess.

Be Part Of The Game

The show, which has been created exclusively for Princess Cruises,  will transport guests into a virtual reality gaming world through a series of digital effects, acrobatics, elaborate sets and unique costumes.

The show follows main character ‘Gamer 1’, who attempts to complete a series of five increasingly difficult levels, meeting different personalities along the way in an attempt to reach Sky Princess.

5-SKIES will open on the 3,660-guest Sky Princess on November 15, 2019 as it sails the Caribbean. The vessel will then head to Northern Europe and sail roundtrip from Copenhagen on a number of Russia and Scandinavia voyages between April and August.

Princess Cruises’ Commitment To Guests Experience

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises vice president UK & Europe, said: “The addition of 5-SKIES to the entertainment line-up aboard Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess showcases our commitment to offering one-of-a-kind experiences to our guests.

“With stunning visuals, special effects and spectacular choreography, the show will be brought to life by our team of talented singers and dancers and will further enhance the extensive entertainment offering which can only be found on Princess.”

After the show premieres aboard Sky Princess it will feature on Enchanted Princess when the ship launches in June 2020 in Southampton and then sails a season in the Mediterranean.

Princess Cruises is offering a 14-day ‘East/West Adventurer’ Caribbean sailing on Sky Princess, departing February 29, 2020. Sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, calling at Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, Costa Maya (Mahahual), Princess Cays, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Prices from £2,044 per person*.

For more great Princess Cruises offers visit princesscruises.com

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Sky Princess Completes Sea Trials

Princess Cruises are celebrating another major milestone as they prepare for the launch of Sky Princess.

The 3,660-guest cruise ship set out from Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy for six days of sea trials, where a series of manoeuvres to test the propulsion, steering and navigational equipment were carried out.

Now back in the shipyard Sky Princess will undergo further exterior and interior finishing in preparation for her 7-day Mediterranean and Adriatic maiden voyage on October 20, 2019.

The ship will sail a short season in the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean.

Onboard Features

Sky Princess will be an evolution of sister ships Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess. Her enhancements will also feature on Enchanted Princess, which launches in Southampton in June 2020. They include:

  • Two ‘Sky Suites’.  The largest balconies at sea, measuring a massive 1,012 square feet (starboard side), and 947 square feet (portside). These exclusive balconies will offer 270-degree panorama views and provide a private vantage of the top deck Movies Under the Stars cinema screen. They will feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining area with skylight as well as a host of exclusive amenities for up to 5 guests.

  • More than 25 dining venues and bars including the World Fresh Marketplace and speciality restaurants Bistro Sur La Mer (French bistro), Crown Grill Steakhouse and Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria
  • New entertainment such as the jazz lounge ‘Take Five’, a redesigned Vista Lounge, an enhanced Princess Theatre and the recently announced production show ‘Rock Opera’

  • A redesigned Sanctuary area, the spa-inspired top deck retreat reserved for adults. The Sanctuary will feature an enhanced, contemporary design including twice as many private cabanas as its sister ships, as well as new lounge furniture and the option for guests to indulge in a spa treatment

Ocean Medallion Technology

  • Princess MedallionClass experience, featuring the complimentary OceanMedallion wearable device, which is the same size as a 10p piece, delivers an entirely new level of service and creates a holiday that is more simple, effortless and personalised with:
    • Expedited arrival – Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents (i.e. passports) uploaded to their profile enjoy a streamlined and expedited check-in process that gets their holiday started even sooner
    • Touchless stateroom entry – No need to touch, swipe or insert cards or devices into the door handle to unlock the stateroom. As a guest approaches their stateroom the door automatically unlocks
    • On-demand services – Using smart devices, guests have the ability to order drinks, food and retail items such as suntan lotion and have them delivered directly anywhere onboard, including to their stateroom
    • Interactive game play – Available on portals throughout the ship, PlayOcean allows guests to take part in digital scavenger hunts, interactive games and create their own avatars, as well as turning their smart device into a game controller for interactive gaming on the Movies Under The Stars top-deck screen
    • Family and friends locator – Accessible on portals throughout the ships and via guests’ smart devices, OceanCompass leverages the OceanMedallion to easily locate and chat with friends and family onboard. OceanCompass guides guests throughout their journey, providing directional information so they can seamlessly navigate to their next point of interest
      • Interactive voyage timeline – Available on ship portals and via guests’ smart devices, JourneyView is an interactive timeline that lets guests scroll through all of the events available on board during their voyage and bookmark activities they’re interested in to their own personalised itinerary. Voyage itineraries are available as many as 60 days in advance, allowing guests to start planning before they leave home

Growing Fleet

The Princess Cruises fleet will continue to expand with the launch of Enchanted Princess and three additional ships arriving in 2021, 2023 and 2025.

Princess Cruises is offering a 7-day Eastern Caribbean voyage on Sky Princess, departing February 22, 2020. Sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ports of call are Princess Cays (Bahamas), St Thomas and St Maarten. Special offer currently available with prices from £999 per person for a mini-suite.

Recommended Reading A Day Onboard the Royal Princess

Princess Cruises Reveals New Jazz Lounge

Princess Cruises reveals new jazz lounge for Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess

Princess Cruises has announced its two newest ships, the 3,660-guest Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess, will feature a new jazz lounge, ‘Take 5’.

Opening on Sky Princess when she launches in October 2019 and Enchanted Princess in June 2020 in Southampton, Take 5 will be  . Guests can listen to live performances as well as enjoy after-hours parties and take part in dance lessons.

Themed music will also appear including:

A Night in Harlem: Sounds of the 1920s will transport guests to the underground world of the speakeasy in the heart of New York City with sounds of the prohibition era. Featured artists include King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Charles “Buddy” Bolden

The Birth of Big Band and BeBop: Showcasing the late 1940s, post-war jazz and the birth of BeBop with the amazing speed and technical ability of these incredible musicians. Music from Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins and Dexter Gordon will fill the air while costumed bow-tied-wearing staff deliver classic cocktails

The Way You Look Tonight: Celebrates women of jazz throughout history and how these legendary vocalists and instrumentalists

Toda La Noche – Fiery Afro-Cuban Jazz: A journey through the Caribbean celebrates the spicy rhythms of Afro-Cuban jazz with classic beats spanning Latin, European and African American influences. Before the show, guests can take salsa lessons to popular Buena Vista Social Club covers. Featured artists include Tito Puente, Irakere and Dizzy Gillespie. The night ends with an invite back for a ‘descarga’ jam session

A Sophisticated Evening of Cool: Featuring the cool jazz sounds of the 1950s, guests will enjoy an American jazz road trip with sounds from New York to California. Musical legends like Miles Davis, Chet Baker and John Lewis will feature

Contemporary Directions – A Festival of Jazz: Featuring local artists from the various destinations the ships sail and the recent decades of jazz music

The on-demand services of guests’ individual OceanMedallion makes it even easier for them to order their food and drinks via their smart device to wherever they are sitting, ensuring that they can sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

Princess Cruises is offering an 11-Day Scandinavia cruise on Sky Princess sailing roundtrip from Copenhagen. Departing Saturday April 25, 2020 ports of call include Oslo (Norway), Berlin (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), overnight in St. Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden). Prices start from £1,499 per person and includes up to $250 onboard spending money per person or free flights and transfers up to the value of £300 per person*.

For more information or to book visit www.princess.com, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663.
Fare price based on two guests sharing an inside stateroom.
*Free flights and transfers offer available between 1 – 12 August.

Amount of onboard credit will vary based on voyage length and stateroom type.

Caribbean Princess Opens Water Playground

Caribbean Princess Opens Water Playground on the top deck of the 3,140-guest cruise ship.

The Reef Family Splash Zone includes a water play area, newly-refurbished pool and lounge area.

The Reef’s family-friendly features comprise:

  • An interactive water playground including a splashpool, water sprays and showers. Winnie the Whale ‘rains’ from her fluke and sprays from her spout. Children can find Winnie in Camp Discovery Youth and Teen Centres, and learn about humpback whales
  • A refurbished spa and bar area including a family pool and jacuzzi. ‘Morgan’s Bar’ has child-friendly mocktails with drinks such as ‘Crazy Coconut’ and ‘Berry Nice to Meet You’
  • A new outdoor lounge area with a range of single sun loungers, sectional chairs and sofas with tables. The space also has new fixtures, finishes and canopies offering plenty of shade
  • A multi-generational game zone with oversized activities such as giant Connect Four and Jenga

Destination Themes

In addition, directly below The Reef in the Camp Discovery outdoor area, children can interact and explore with a destination-themed water table. It features the many locations and iconic landmarks Princess visits including the Sydney Opera House and Golden Gate Bridge and also highlights how a cruise ship moves through water, waves and weather.

Discovery Channel

Caribbean Princess boasts a wealth of additional family-friendly features, which were recently expanded via a multi-million pound upgrade. They include three youth and teen clubs, each themed around Princess’ partnership with the Discovery Channel; activities and games for children such as hands-on science experiments, mini golf tournaments, talent shows and stargazing; and interconnecting staterooms for use by larger groups of family and friends.

Caribbean Princess Opens Water Playground

Cutting Edge Technology

Caribbean Princess was also the first ship in the Princess fleet to be fully OceanMedallion-activated. The multi-award winning OceanMedallion, which is the same size as a 10p piece, has been designed to deliver an entirely new level of service and create a holiday that is more simple, effortless and personalised. It supports a number of features such as a family and friends locator, which allows guests to easily find other people onboard.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises vice president UK & Europe, said: “The Reef Family Splash Zone forms part of our ongoing commitment to offer families a fun and relaxing onboard holiday. Caribbean Princess now has a wealth of features designed to appeal to guests of all ages, perfectly complementing the stunning destinations the ship sails to.”

Princess Cruises is offering a 14-day ‘Circle Caribbean’ voyage on Caribbean Princess, from £1,599 per person including complimentary drinks packages. Departing February 2, 2020 and sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, ports of call include St Thomas, St Maarten, St Kitts, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Bonaire and Aruba. Includes up to $1,100 spending money for a family of four staying in the same stateroom.

For more information or to book visit www.princess.com, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663.

Princess Cruises South America & Antarctica 20/21

Princess Cruises has announced that its full 2020-2021 South America and Antarctica programme are on sale today, Friday July 12, 2019.

Two ships will sail the region: the 2,000-guest Coral Princess and 670-guest Pacific Princess. Voyages will range in length from 14-92 days, with a total of 35 destinations on offer in 17 countries, on eight itineraries.

Guests on select departures will have the opportunity to spend more time ashore with overnight calls in Lima (Callao), Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Coral Princess from the West Coast

Coral Princess at Sea

Coral Princess will depart on a series of voyages from Los Angeles, Santiago and Buenos Aires and will offer a new 15-day Cape Horn and Strait of Magellan voyage, which will give guests the opportunity to view the solar eclipse off the coast of Argentina.

The voyage will sail from Santiago to Buenos Aires on December 3, 2020 and will call at Puerto Montt, Amalia Glacier, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn (scenic cruising), Falkland Islands (Stanley), Puerto Madryn and Montevideo. Prices from £1,999pp with up to $375 onboard spending money per person. Click here for details.

Also available on Coral Princess are several departures to Antarctica and Cape Horn.

Each 16-day sailing will feature four days of scenic cruising through the Antarctic Peninsula.

Coral Princess will call at Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn (scenic cruising), Falkland Islands (Stanley) and Montevideo.

Prices for January 3, 2021 departure are from £2,799 per person, with up to $375 onboard spending money per person. Click here for details.

Guests wishing to extend their holiday can combine their cruise with land tours visiting Iguazu Falls and Macchu Picchu.

Pacific Princess from Sydney

Pacific Princess will circumnavigate the continent on a 92-day Circle South America voyage, sailing from Sydney to Brisbane, featuring overnight calls in Tahiti, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro – during its annual carnival – and Lima.

Other options include 90-day Circle South America sailing roundtrip from Sydney and an 82-day sailing roundtrip from Auckland.

 

More off-the-beaten-track destinations such as Easter Island and Ilhabela will also be included. Prices for the 92 day sailing from £14,519pp, with $1,000pp onboard spending money and complimentary gratuities*. Click here for details.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises vice president UK & Europe, said: “Once again Princess Cruises is offering an incredible range of South America and Antarctica sailings.

“Whether you’ve visited the region before and are looking to tick off more bucket list destinations such as Macchu Picchu or Easter Island, or you’re heading to the region for the first time, we have a holiday to suit everyone.”

For more information or to book visit www.princess.com, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663.

Countdown to Enchanted Princess 

Princess Cruises has commenced the one-year countdown to the launch of the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess in Southampton on June 30, 2020.

Construction of the 143,700-ton ship is currently under way in the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where it will take a total of three million construction hours to build. On completion, the vessel will sail from Southampton for an inaugural season in the Mediterranean before heading to the Caribbean in autumn 2020.

The keel of Enchanted Princess at Fincantieri, Trieste.

Enchanted Princess will have a top speed of 22 knots (25 mph) and 15,000KW of transverse (sideways) thruster power. Princess Cruises’ original Love Boat, Pacific Princess, had a forward propulsion power of about 13,500KW, meaning Enchanted Princess can go faster sideways than the original Pacific Princess could travel forward!

Its maiden voyage will be a 10-night sailing to Rome, calling at Bilbao, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona, Toulon/Provence (La Seyne) and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), departing on July 1, 2020. Click here for details.

Enchanted Princess is the sister ship to Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess, which joins the fleet in October 2019. Royal Princess was the most recent vessel from the line’s fleet to be named in Southampton, in 2013, by Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge.

Enchanted Princess will be an evolution of her sister ships with enhancements, which are also set to feature on Sky Princess, including:

Two ‘Sky Suites’, which have the largest balconies at sea and will be centrally located on the top decks. Measuring 1,012 square feet (starboard side Sky Suite) and 947 square feet (port side Sky Suite) the balconies will provide a private vantage of the top deck Movies Under the Stars cinema screen, offer 270-degree panorama views and sleep up to five guests. They will feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a dining area with skylight as well as a host of exclusive amenities.

Princess MedallionClass experience, featuring the complimentary OceanMedallion wearable device, which is the same size as a 10p piece, delivers an entirely new level of service and creates a holiday that is more simple, effortless and personalised with:

  • Expedited arrival – Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents (i.e. passports) uploaded to their profile enjoy a streamlined and expedited check-in process that gets their holiday started even sooner.
  • On-demand services – Food, beverage, retail order and hospitality services delivered to your location: Using smart devices, guests have the ability to order drinks, food and retail items like suntan lotion and have them delivered directly anywhere onboard, including to their stateroom.
  • Family and friends locator – Finding travel companions and directional ship information: Accessible on portals throughout the ships and via guests’ smart devices, OceanCompass leverages the OceanMedallion to easily locate and chat with friends and family onboard. OceanCompass guides guests throughout their journey, providing directional information so they can seamlessly navigate to their next point of interest.
  • New entertainment such as jazz lounge Take Five, a redesigned Vista Lounge and an enhanced Princess Theatre

More than 25 dining venues and bars including the World Fresh Marketplace and speciality restaurants La Mer (French bistro), Crown Grill Steakhouse and Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria

A redesigned Sanctuary area, the spa-inspired top deck retreat reserved for adults. The Sanctuary will feature an enhanced, contemporary design including twice as many private cabanas as its sister ships, as well as new lounge furniture and the option for guests to indulge in a spa treatment.

Tony Roberts with Master of Sky Princess, Captain Tuvo from tv series The Cruise.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises vice president UK & Europe (pictured), said: “With just one year to go until the launch of Enchanted Princess in Southampton this is an exciting time for Princess Cruises as we prepare to add another ship to our fleet. Enchanted Princess will showcase our continued commitment to offering premium services and features  for our guests, as well as maintaining the signature Princess experience that our guests have come to know and love.”

Princess Cruises is offering a 7-day Mediterranean and Aegean voyage on Enchanted Princess departing September 12, 2020. Sailing from Rome (Civitavecchia) to Athens and calling at Naples, Kotor, Corfu, Chania and Mykonos. Prices from £1,099 per person, with up to $250 onboard spending money per person*. Click here for details

Interesting Facts about Enchanted Princess

  • With a length of 1083 feet, Enchanted Princess is longer than the height of The Shard, the tallest UK building
  • At 217 feet tall, Enchanted Princess is around the height of 15 double-decker buses stacked on top of one another
  • There will be 2,500 miles of electrical cabling in Enchanted Princess equivalent to the distance between London and Cairo
  • 100,000 gallons of paint will be used in the construction of Enchanted Princess, more than 10 times the amount required annually to paint the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enchanted Princess will feature 200 tons of marble, 30 times the amount used in Michelangelo’s statue of David
  • Enchanted Princess’ anchor is 14 tons, twice the weight of an elephant

My very own piece of Enchanted Princess and an Ocean Medallion.

Join Me On A Princess Cruise

Want to try a Princess Cruise, but don’t want to go alone? Come and join me on Sky Princess next year. Click here for details.

How To Make The Sapphire Princess Cocktail

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As Sapphire Princess returns to Southampton for the summer, Princess Cruises has announced the ships’ namesake gin-based cocktail will be served exclusively onboard the vessel.

The ‘Sapphire Princess’ was created in partnership with the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, located in nearby Hampshire at Laverstoke Mill.

Inspired by the 2,670-guest ship and its Mediterranean ports of call, the bright blue-hued drink is the newest addition to the ship’s cocktail menu, complementing the extensive beverage options already available onboard.

New Shore Excursion

Princess Cruises has introduced an exciting new excursion for 2019. The visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery will be available on the day of disembarkation in Southampton. The in-depth tour offers guests the chance to learn the process of gin production, taste the signature botanicals for which the distillery is renowned and toast their holiday. For more information on the tour read my post Bombay Sapphire Distillery with Princess Cruises.

I was very fortunate to be invited by Princess Cruises to enjoy a guided tour at Laverstoke Mill hosted by Sam Carter, Senior Brand Ambassador for the Bombay Sapphire Distillery. After the tour we were treated to a very special class on how to make the Sapphire Princess Cocktail.

The drink includes a generous measure of Bombay Sapphire gin, which is itself made with botanical ingredients sourced from several of the countries and destinations Sapphire Princess sails to.

Sapphire Princess Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 45ml Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 15ml Blue Curacao
  • 15ml MARTINI Bianco Vermouth
  • 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Splash of Prosecco

Glassware: chilled martini cocktail glass

Method: Squeeze the lemon juice into a cocktail shaker and add all other ingredients (except the sparkling wine) including lots of cubed ice and shake well for 10 seconds. Using a fine tea strainer, strain the cocktail into a martini cocktail glass and add a splash of Prosecco. Garnish by squeezing an orange peel disc over the drink, allowing the oils from the orange skin to rest on the top of the drink. Then using a knife, make a cut 1/3rd of the way through the orange peel disc and place on the rim edge of the glass.

Here’s a video I took from our class with Sam Carter.

The cocktail’s mixers include Blue Curacao to evoke the sea. A splash of Prosecco signifies the fizz and bubbles created by waves in the water.

Sapphire Princess Offers

Sapphire Princess will spend April – October 2019 sailing to a variety of destinations from Southampton including the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords and Canada & New England.

The new cocktail is available on sailings including:

An 11-day Canary Islands cruise, departing October 8, 2019 on Sapphire Princess. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton. Ports of call include Vigo, Spain, Madeira (Portugal), Santa Cruz De Tenerife (Spain), Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), Lanzarote (Canary Islands). Prices from £1,099 per person click here for details.

A 14-day Mediterranean Adventurer cruise, departing August 17, 2019 on Sapphire Princess. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton, ports of call include Seville (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Marseille (Provence – France), Livorno (Florence/Pisa – Italy) Civitavecchia (Rome – Italy), Alghero (Sardinia), Ceuta (Spanish Morocco – Spain). Prices from £1,249 per person click here for details.

To book visit www.princess.com

For a tour of the ship, check out the video of me with Ben and David having a bit of fun onboard Sapphire Princess.

 

Princess Cruises returns to Tahiti in Autumn 2020

Princess Cruises will return to Tahiti in autumn 2020, on the 670-guest Pacific Princess.

The five 10-day Tahiti & French Polynesia departures go on sale on April 17, 2019. Holidaymakers will have the opportunity to discover the region’s unspoilt lagoons and white-sandy beaches.

Pacific Princess will sale roundtrip from Tahiti around the islands of French Polynesia. Every voyage will include overnight calls in Tahiti’s capital Papeete and Bora Bora, as well as a late-night stay in Raiatea. Additional ports of call include Huahine, Rangiroa, and Moorea.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “With its volcanic and coral islands, the French Polynesia is always a popular destination for holidaymakers seeking a once in a lifetime experience.

“With sailings on our smaller ship Pacific Princess, guests can enjoy a more intimate voyage around these remote islands, witnessing first-hand the crystal clear waters in this unspoilt paradise.”

With four Grand Adventure & Crossings itineraries also available, ranging in length from 19-35 days, Pacific Princess additionally offers longer sailings for guests to experience the Aloha spirit of the Hawaiian Islands or discover the treasures of South America, including Easter Island renowned its Moai, stone statues of human figures carved by the Rapa Nui.

Example sailings:

10-night Tahiti & French Polynesia cruise on Pacific Princess departing October 5, 2020. Sailing roundtrip with an overnight in Tahiti (Papeete), ports of call include Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora (overnight) and Moorea. Prices start from £1,649 per person.

19-night Hawaii & Tahiti Grand Adventure on Pacific Princess departing September 16, 2020. Sailing from Vancouver, ports of call include Maui (Lahaina), Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hilo, Honolulu, Kona, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti (Papeete). Prices start from £2,569 per person.

Captain’s Circle loyalty club members are eligible for savings of up to £50 per person.

Price includes accommodation, all main meals and entertainment. Flights not included.For more information or to book visit princesscruises.com, call 0344 338 8663 or contact your local travel agent.

Princess Cruises – Largest Balconies at Sea

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Princess Cruises To Introduce The Largest Balconies At Sea

Princess Cruises has announced Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess, its two newest ships, are to have balconies around the size of half a tennis court.

The two ‘Sky Suites’ will be centrally located on the top decks. One will measure 1,012 square feet and the other 947 square feet, the largest offered by any cruise line.

This prime location will provide a private vantage of the Movies Under the Stars cinema screen. They will offer 270-degree panorama views and sleep up to five guests, featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a dining area with skylight.

Sky Princess will launch in October 2019 and sail a short season in the Mediterranean, before positioning to the Caribbean. Enchanted Princess launches in Southampton in June 2020, and will also sail the Mediterranean. Both ships will carry 3,660 guests.

Additional Sky Princess features include:

  • Being Princess Medallion-enabled. The Medallion is a complimentary, automated piece of technology, the same size as a 10p piece, given to each guest, that enables features including:
    • Keyless stateroom access
    • A streamlined embarkation and disembarkation process, giving quicker and easier access to the ship
    • Enhanced interaction with crew members and other guests, e.g. staff can see guest’s individual food and beverage preferences and offer a more personalised service
    • On demand beverage delivery

The Ocean Medallion Bracelet

  • Enhanced entertainment including ‘Take Five’, a new jazz lounge, plus an expanded Princess Theatre
  • More than 25 restaurants and bars onboard, including Crown Grill Steakhouse and Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria
  • Eight private cabanas in the Sanctuary, an adults-only area on the top deck designed for rest and relaxation
  • A spa with Princess’ largest thermal suite at sea. This will feature a hydrotherapy pool, heated stone beds, a Turkish bath and dry, steam and aromatherapy chambers

Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “We can’t wait for guests to experience these new suites, which will set the standard for the premium stateroom experience at sea. The suites will offer the best of both worlds, where guests can relax privately with friends or family, or host their own en-suite celebrations in style.”

“Princess is proud to have lead the way on many innovations in the cruise industry and these stunning Sky Suites mark the next step of our onboard evolution.”

A video of the exterior and interior of the Sky Suites can be viewed here:

Princess Cruises is offering a 14-night Caribbean East/West Adventurer on Sky Princess from £1,198 per person. Departing February 22, 2020, ports of call are St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel.

 

Princess Cruises Double Their Wine Selection

Princess Cruises have just given me 76 MORE reasons to cruise with them.  Today the announcement that 20 new spirits, 17 international and craft beers and 39 new wines by the glass are to be added to the menu across its fleet of 17 ships has got me feeling parched.

In the main dining room guests can now enjoy 140 wines including traditional favourites such as pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz. This is double the amount previously available onboard and includes more options for those looking for wines which are biodynamic, organic or vegan. To get your tastebuds tingling, there is link to the new wine list at the end of this post, to peruse at your leisure.

Wines include Chateau Lafitte Bordeaux  which sells for a mere £1,250. Those looking for something a little less extravagent will be pleased to know that two-thirds of the bottles are priced at under £40 and one-third under £30.

The cocktail and beer menus have also received a shake up with the addition of 20 new spirits, 17 international and craft beers and 39 new wines by the glass. This is a further enhancement to the culinary-focused shore excursions introduced by Princess Cruises last year, which pairs local food and wine together.

The selection was a result of a year long search led by wine expert, Doug Frost, one of only four people in the world to have both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier certification. His main areas of focus were;

  • Value for money
  • Variety
  • Quality of the producer

Doug Frost said: “Princess Cruises’ guests have a passion for culinary travel so our goal in creating this new wine menu was to find fascinating wines from some of the memorable destinations Princess visits. This way guests can return from shore and still experience local tastes with exciting wines at all prices. Plus, what better way to celebrate any occasion than with a special bottle of wine that can be shared with friends and loved ones on a cruise.”

UK guests sailing out of Southampton on one of my favourite ships, Sapphire Princess, will be able to try these new menus. The beautiful Sapphire Princess will sail out of Southampton from April to October 2019 sailing northern and southern European itineraries.

The complete wine list can be found here.

A 14-day Baltic heritage cruise on Sapphire Princess, sailing roundtrip from Southampton and departing August 31, 2019, has culinary excursions in both Copenhagen and St Petersburg. The Copenhagen tour combines a traditional smorgasbord lunch in a waterside cafe with local drinks while the St Petersburg tour includes hand-making traditional ‘pelmini’ meat pies in a city centre restaurant along with vodka tasting.

Other ports of call are Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn (Estonia), Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Gdansk (Poland). Prices from £1,298pp.

For more information or to book visit www.princess.com


Princess Cruises Black Friday Deals

Princess Cruises launches Black Friday deals with seven-day sailings from £549pp

12 UK-based voyages feature in the sale, ranging in length from 7-14 days and departing between April and October 2019.

Seven of the voyages are on the 2,670-guest Sapphire Princess and travel roundtrip from Southampton to destinations across Europe. Fares start at £549 for a seven-day cruise and £1,199 for a 14-day cruise.

Deal fares include:

7- day Scandinavia cruise from £549pp for two people sharing an inside stateroom and £99pp for 3rd and 4th guests.

Departs on either 27 April or 29 June 2019. Ports include Copenhagen, Oslo, Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Skagen (Denmark).

14-day Baltic Heritage cruise from £1,199pp for two people sharing an inside stateroom and £199pp for 3rd and 4th guests.

Departs on 31 August 2019. Ports include an overnight stay in St Petersburg as well as Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn (Estonia), Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Gdansk (Poland).

A summer holiday 14-day Mediterranean Adventurer cruise from £1,399pp for two people sharing an inside stateroom and from £799pp for 3rd and 4th guests.

Departs 17 August 2019.  Ports include Barcelona, Rome, Marseille, Cadiz, Livorno, Sardinia and Ceuta (Spanish Morocco).

The other five cruises are 12-day round-Britain sailings departing from Southampton. All are on the 3,080-guest Crown Princess, which underwent a multi-million pound refit earlier this year. Prices start from £1,299pp.

Deal fares include:

12-day cruise from £1,299pp for two people sharing an inside stateroom and £199pp for 3rd and 4th guests.

Departs 25 May 25 2019. Ports include St. Peter Port (Guernsey), Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, Glasgow, Invergordon, Edinburgh and Le Havre (France).

Tony Roberts, vice president of Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “Our Black Friday deals always give great value and this year is no different, with a week’s holiday from the UK available for just over £1000 for two. With bucket list destinations on offer including St Petersburg, Rome, Barcelona and Oslo you can now book your dream cruise at a dream price.”

Features for Enchanted Princess Revealed

Princess Cruises Reveals New Features on Latest Ship

Princess Cruises has unveiled the first wave of new features onboard its newest ship, the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess. The vessel will be named in Southampton late June 2020, the first Princess Cruises ship to be named in the UK since Royal Princess in 2013.

As with sister ship Sky Princess, which launches next year, Enchanted Princess will feature two new ‘Sky Suites’ centrally located on the top deck of the ship. The 270-degree panorama staterooms will provide a private vantage point of the ship’s Movies under the Stars screen and create a large space for entertaining. The suites can accommodate up to five guests, making them ideal for families.

The ship will also include:

A redesigned ‘Salty Dog Gastropub’. The venue will screen sporting events and offer a range of premium-range food and drink including the award-winning ‘Ernesto Burger’

A redesigned Sabatini’s speciality restaurant, Princess Cruises’ onboard Italian Trattoria, which will incorporate new handmade pasta dishes prepared fresh every day

An art deco design for The Princess Live TV studio and café, where guests can watch live entertainment, order drinks and light snacks

A ‘Wakeview’ pool on its rear decks

A newly-designed top-deck ‘Sanctuary’, Princess Cruises’ adults only relaxation area, which will house extra private cabanas

Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “With the launch of Enchanted Princess in Southampton and our continued commitment to enhancing the range of features onboard our growing fleet of ships, this is an exciting time for Princess Cruises as we constantly strive to appeal to passengers looking for something new and exciting, both in terms of onboard offerings and destinations.”

After its naming ceremony Enchanted Princess will head to the Mediterranean for summer 2020. The ship will offer sailings ranging between seven and 22 days from Barcelona, Athens and Rome.

OceanMedallion for all Caribbean Princess Guests

Princess Cruises announces first fully-enabled OceanMedallion ship is now in service.

Princess Cruises has revealed that Caribbean Princess is the first ship in its fleet to have full OceanMedallion access. All guests on the vessel are now using the wearable device, which offers a more personalised cruise experience.

The OceanMedallion is the same size as a 10p piece, is fully automated and has no visible technology such as an on-off switch or charging function. Its features include:

  • A streamlined ship embarkation and disembarkation process, giving quicker and easier entry and exit
  • Keyless stateroom access
  • Enhanced interaction with crew members and other guests, e.g. staff can see guest’s individual food and beverage preferences and accordingly offer a more personalised service

  • OceanCompass, which provides interactive directions throughout the ship and allows guests to easily locate friends, family and children
  • Access for guests to a real-time look at their itinerary via portals throughout the ship, along with events and activities taking place during their cruise
  • Interactive games that can be played on portals across the vessel including trivia challenges and a shipwide digital scavenger hunt
  • A selection of casino games including poker, bingo and roulette available via guests’ smart devices and select portals

Best Connectivity At Sea

Caribbean Princess now also features MedallionNet, which gives guests faster internet streaming speeds equivalent to those on land.

The ship is based in the Caribbean all year round.

Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said: “Having 100 percent of our guests using OceanMedallion on every sailing of Caribbean Princess is a significant milestone that we are celebrating on the path to fleet-wide implementation. Our guests tell us that OceanMedallion is turning an already extraordinary experience on Princess Cruises into an even more spectacular holiday, making sailing on Caribbean Princess the ultimate Caribbean cruise.”

OceanMedallion was first unveiled by Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald in 2017. It will continue to roll out as part of a phased fleet-wide activation plan.


World’s First Floating Runway

Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess ‘lands’ on world’s first floating runway in Sydney Harbour

Majestic Princess sailed into Sydney on Saturday morning on the world’s first floating “runway”. The spectacular celebration was held to mark the maiden arrival of the ship, the largest Princess Cruises’ vessel ever to visit Australia.

The 3,560-guest Majestic Princess was filmed arriving into Sydney via the 1,550 metre-long illuminated floating runway, which was created by 62 buoys with red and white flares that guided her path into Sydney Harbour.

The newest ship in Princess Cruises’ fleet, Majestic Princess will be based in Sydney for the next six months, and will join three other Princess Cruises’ ships – Sun Princess, Sea Princess and Golden Princess – in Australia. The vessels will sail from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle, and Adelaide.

Princess Cruises recently announced its largest ever deployment in the region for 2019-2020. Five ships will travel to more than 100 destinations and carry around 200,000 guests.

The extra capacity will help meet growing demand from the UK. The amount of Brits booking Australia and New Zealand voyages with Princess Cruises has nearly doubled year-on-year in 2018.

Majestic Princess’ current sailing is being filmed as part of series six of ITV documentary ‘The Cruise’, which is due to air on ITV in early 2019. At 143,700 tonnes, Majestic Princess is equivalent to 126 Sydney Manly ferries, while her height of more than 68 metres makes her taller than the Sydney Opera House. The documentary will reveal what life is like for both crew and guests as they sail around Australasia.

Prices start from £2,689 per person for a 13-night cruise onboard Majestic Princess to New Zealand sailing roundtrip from Sydney, departing 1 November 2019.

About Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises operates a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. Princess carries two million guests each year to more than 380 destinations around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to 114 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation

Recommended Reading:  Princess Names New Ship Enchanted Princess

Princess Cruises’ New Ship Enchanted Princess

Princess Cruises have announced today its fifth Royal-Class ship is going to be named Enchanted Princess.

The 143,700-tonne, 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess is scheduled to launch on the 15 June 2020. She will be sailing on a series of European voyages and will be a sister ship to Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess (joining the fleet in October 2019).

Excited guests will soon be able to book sailings for Enchanted Princess’ maiden season, as they go on sale from 8 November 2018.

Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said: “The name Enchanted Princess is captivating and conveys the elegance and grace of our new ship which will introduce more travellers to the pleasures and value of cruising. We are certain Enchanted Princess will exceed the expectations of our guests, ensuring they have the most memorable cruise.”

There is more to come from Princess Cruises as Enchanted Princess will be followed by the debut of their sixth Royal-Class ship in 2021. The cruise line also has two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered ships on order to be delivered in late 2023 and spring 2025, bringing its new ship order to five ships in six years.

Construction of the new ship will take place in the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard. Enchanted Princess is  set to feature an evolution of the current Royal-Class design platform.

The Princess Cruises fleet currently consists of 17 modern cruise ships, sailing to over 380 destinations across all 7 continents.

Recommended Reading: A Day Onboard The Royal Princess


Sapphire Princess Give Brits Their Tea In Bed

Princess Cruises Introduces Tea and Coffee Making Facilities in All Staterooms on UK-based ship

Princess Cruises has recently equipped the 2,670-guest Sapphire Princess with kettles and tea and coffee making facilities in all staterooms. As the main Princess ship sailing from the UK both this year and in 2019, the new amenities onboard will appeal to the British market and in particular their taste for tea.

Sapphire Princess underwent an extensive two-week refit earlier this year, which included the introduction of a new luxury bed in every stateroom. The new in-cabin tea and coffee making facilities will further enhance each room.

Guests on Sapphire Princess and all other Princess ships can also continue to order complimentary tea and coffee in their stateroom via the onboard 24hr room service.

Sapphire Princess is currently sailing roundtrip out of Southampton up to October 2018, followed by an April to October season in 2019. A variety of voyages are on offer, largely to the Mediterranean and northern Europe, as well as a 24-day Canada & New England voyage in 2019.

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises’ vice president UK and Europe, said: “We fully appreciate how much Brits all enjoy drinking tea and coffee. While it’s still easy enough for guests to order complimentary hot drinks via room service or our onboard restaurants, introducing kettles will give them an extra coffee and tea-making option when it’s time to rise and shine or they’re sitting back and relaxing in their stateroom or balcony.”

Recommended Reading:

Sapphire Princess Cruise Part One

Sapphire Princess Cruise Part Two – The Love Boat

Famous Tea and Coffee Quotes

Jackie Chan“Coffee is a language in itself.”

Helen Mirren “I drink just as much tea when I’m in Los Angeles as I do when I’m in London. I take my tea bags with me wherever I go.”

Sydney Smith “Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.”

David Letterman “If it wasn’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsover.”

William Ewart Gladstone “If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.”

Sandra Bullock “I gave up coffee. It’s almost worse than giving up a lover.”

Bear Grylls “I was always brought up to have a cup of tea at halfway up a rock face.”

Lin Yutang “There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson “Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.”

Princess Cruises is offering an 11-night Canary Island Interlude cruise, roundtrip from Southampton, on Sapphire Princess from £999 per person with $100 free onboard spend. Departing Tuesday April 16, 2019, ports of call include Vigo (Spain), Funchal (Madeira), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain), Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), and Arrecife (Lanzarote). Click here for more details


Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 4

It’s the last instalment of the Sassoli-Walkers bucket list cruise as they spend a day in Victoria, Canada before taking the train from Vancouver to Seattle.

Andrew’s photographs never fail to amaze and this cruise has certainly given him the platform to show his skills at their best. If you have enjoyed the first three blog posts, you are going to love Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 4 just as much.

Here it is in Andrew’s own words and pictures.

Day Eight

A visit to charming Victoria in Canada on our last evening onboard Emerald Princess which rounded off our Alaskan adventure very nicely indeed!

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Emerald Princess docked in Victoria, Canada

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Victoria, Canada

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Inner Harbour with Canadian Parliament Building at dusk. Victoria, Canada

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Last sailaway – Emerald Princess

The cruise might be over, but for us we still have another day in Seattle followed by a 3 night stay in Vancouver.

Day Nine

So, normally a cruise comes to it’s conclusion and one disembarks with a tinge of sadness that it’s over. Not for us, as we decided on a one night stay in Seattle followed by a trip to Vancouver for a few days!

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States (source Wiki)

Instead of going to admire the view from the Space Needle, we opted for the Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Tower which happens to be the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – View of the Space Needle and Emerald Princess in Seattle

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker: Emerald Princess sails away on another Alaska cruise from Seattle

Whilst up there we had a grandstand view of Emerald Princess departing on another Alaskan cruise.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker: Seattle Southside at Sunset from the Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Tower, the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest.

Day Ten

Another highlight of our adventure was taking the Amtrak Cascades train from Seattle to Vancouver.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Amtrak, King Street Station, Seattle.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Amtrak, King Street Station, Seattle.

Photo Credit: Andrew Sassoli-Walker – Amtrak, King Street Station, Seattle.

Anyone familiar with the line between Exeter and Teignmouth will always be impressed when the line hugs the coast around Dawlish. Well this was the same but magnified to an phenomenal scale! We opted for business class which, was worth the extra as the train was packed solid. Certainly a trip I would wholeheartedly recommend!

Finally

I hope you have enjoyed reading about Andrew’s family cruise. Links to parts 1, 2 and 3 are below, in case you missed them.

Andrew has his own website and is available for professional photoshoots. Details can be found at solentphotographer.com

Recommended Reading

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 1

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 2

Cruising Alaska with the Sassoli-Walkers Part 3