Princess Cruises plans biggest-ever Australasian cruise season

Princess Cruises plans biggest-ever Australasian cruise season
Two ships will embark more than 100,000 guests from Sydney, Australia (Image: Princess Cruises)

Five Princess Cruises ships are to take 200,000 guests to more than 100 destinations in Australia and New Zealand in 2019-2020, making it the line’s largest Australasian season to date.

Sailings will depart from Sydney, Perth (Fremantle), Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, taking guests to ports in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Fiji and Bali.

“UK bookings to Australia have nearly doubled year-on-year in 2018, so it’s fitting we’re now gearing up for our largest-ever Australia and New Zealand season,” said Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises' vice president UK and Europe. “We’re anticipating an increase in UK visitors to the west coast of Australia, including historic Perth and its stunning coastal setting, and have ensured we’ll spend more time there so guests can take advantage of everything the region has to offer.”

Princess’s newest ship, the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess, and the 3,100-passenger Ruby Princess will both homeport in Sydney, collectively taking more than 100,000 guests on cruises.

The 2,600-guest Golden Princess will return to Melbourne to sail itineraries to destinations in New Zealand, South Australia and the South Pacific. Highlights will include a new 14-day Queensland cruise with calls to Airlie Beach, Yorkey’s Knob, Port Douglas, Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney and a new seven-day ‘Southern Australia Explorer’ voyage with late night calls in Adelaide.

Four Princess ships will spend 141 days cruising from Perth, the longest period of time a cruise line has visited the region. The 2,600-passenger Sun Princess will be based in the city from November 2019 to March 2020.

In Brisbane, the 2,000-guest Sea Princess will complete itineraries spanning two to 35 days, calling at destinations across New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Coral Sea, South Pacific and Hawaii. Highlights include a new 10-day voyage to Tasmania, with calls to Burnie, Port Arthur, Hobart, and Sydney.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Monday, March 26, 2018