Like most of the industry, Princess Cruises officially opened the books todayMay 14, 2013 on its 2014 season highlighting its exciting new Americas program. The Santa Clarita, California-based cruise operator is offering voyages on its new Regal Princess’ in the Caribbean, and on Royal Princess’ first cruises to Canada and New England roundtrip from New York.
For West Coast seafarers, the line has added roundtrip sailings from Vancouver and an additional departure port for Hawaii and California Coastal cruises. To top it off, Crown Princess, its newest ship on the West Coast, will offer its first full season sailing from Los Angeles.
The cruise line will have 11 ships offering 355 departures of 46 itineraries to more than 70 destinations. In the Caribbean, passengers can choose from three to 28 days, with roundtrips from Ft. Lauderdale and Houston. West Coast cruises sail from Los Angeles, San Francisco and now Vancouver to Hawaii, Mexico, the South Pacific, and along the California coast.
The Royal Princess will take passengers, for the first time, to Canada & New England, becoming the line’s largest ship sailing on these fall foliage cruises, joining Ruby Princess, which is also new to cruising the Eastern Seaboard. Princess will continue to lead the way in Panama Canal cruising aboard Coral Princess and Island Princess.
“Whether travelers have just three days or are ready for a 28-day adventure, they can enjoy the Princess cruise experience from a variety of close-to-home departure ports,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “These North America cruises offer great opportunities to enjoy our newest ships along with some amazing destinations.”
Princess Cruises’ 2014-15 Americas in a nutshell:
Caribbean – Five vessels will ply he balmy waters of the Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale including, for the first time, the new Regal Princess offering the line’s popular seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises. Sister ship Royal Princess will sail on 10-day Caribbean itineraries for the first time, on both Eastern Caribbean Voyager and Southern Caribbean Medley routes, which can be combined for a 20-day sojourn among the islands. In addition, Ruby Princess will offer a season of seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean departures that can be combined into a 14-day vacation. Emerald Princess will sail on seven-day Western Caribbean voyages from Houston. Those looking for a shorter vacation option can choose from four- and five-day getaway voyages on Caribbean Princess to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. In total, passengers can choose from 204 departures on 16 itineraries to 24 tropical destinations.
West Coast Sailings – Four ships will transport passengers along the West Coast and to Hawaii and Mexico from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. Grand Princess will debut two new roundtrip Vancouver itineraries in the fall and spring, sailing to either to the Hawaiian Islands, or along the California Coast, with an overnight stay in San Francisco. The Grand Princess will be based in Los Angeles sailing on 15-day Hawaii cruises, while Crown Princess, will depart from Los Angeles for a season of voyages along the California coast, to Mexico, and on Princess’ popular 28-day Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa adventure. In addition, the ship will offer a series of three- and four-day Getaway sailings. Golden Princess will also offer the shorter Getaway sailings from Los Angeles during the fall. Star Princess will be based in San Francisco, sailing to Hawaii, Mexico and the California coast. In total, Princess will offer a total of 104 cruise options from West Coast ports.
Canada & New England – Royal Princess will mark Princess’ largest ship ever to sail Canada & New England as it embarks on four departures from New York in September and October on a seven-day itinerary to the New England ports of Boston, Bar Harbor and Newport and the Atlantic Canadian ports of Halifax and Saint John. Ruby Princess also sails for the first time to Canada & New England on the line’s popular 10-day Classic Canada & England itinerary featuring an overnight in spectacular Quebec City, and a new port of Gaspé, Quebec – an off-the-beaten path destination featuring a charming seaside village known for the picturesque Percé Rock. The ship will also offer a 12-day Colonial America & Canada itinerary between Quebec and Ft. Lauderdale. Passengers can choose to enhance their cruise vacation with cruisetour options featuring Colonial America sites or fascinating Canadian cities like Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.
Panama Canal – Coral Princess and Island Princess will once again lead the way in Panama Canal cruising with full seasons sailing through this wonder of engineering. Passengers can choose either a 11-day roundtrip itinerary from Ft. Lauderdale or a longer journey between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles or Vancouver for the full-transit Panama Canal experience. Between them the two ships will feature 36 departures, to 21 destinations in the Caribbean, Central America and along the Pacific Coast.
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.