Princess Cruises to increase deployment in Europe and Japan

Cruise line will have seven ships in Europe and longest-ever season in Japan in 2021

Princess Cruises to increase deployment in Europe and Japan
Diamond Princess is tailored for cruising in Japan, featuring an Izumi Japanese bath and Japanese Garden (Image: Princess Cruises)

By Alex Smith |

Princess Cruises is to increase its deployment in Europe and Japan in 2021.

The cruise line will base seven ships in Europe, its largest-ever fleet deployment in the continent. Princess Cruises’ smallest ship, the 670-guest Pacific Princess, will join the six ships currently operating across Europe and the UK. She will sail from June to October on a series of Mediterranean voyages departing from the Italian cities of Rome and Venice. All cruises will include an overnight stay in Venice.

In the UK, Grand Princess, Island Princess and Crown Princess will offer nearly 500 nights of cruising from Southampton. Grand Princess will sail from April to November, the longest-ever period for a ship based in the UK.

“Europe remains the most popular destination for UK guests and we are thrilled that the longest season in our history has just been enhanced with a wider variety of destinations on more ships than ever before,” said Tony Roberts, vice president of UK and Europe for Princess Cruises.

Meanwhile, the cruise line will also be operating its longest-ever season in Japan, with sailings from May 2021 to April 2022. Throughout the year, Diamond Princess will offer 48 different itineraries from the Japanese ports of Tokyo and Kobe, covering 44 destinations in four countries. The ship is tailored for cruising in Japan, featuring an Izumi Japanese bath and a Japanese Garden.

New shore excursions will be available in 19 ports, offering guests the chance to experience local food and culture. Princess Cruises will also be offering a ‘Highlights of Japan’ cruise tour that will take guests to the main sights in Tokyo and Kobe before or after their voyage.

“Whether looking to view colourful spring flowers or fall foliage, witness famous festivals and fireworks or cross off bucket list destinations with a visit to one of 10 Unesco World Heritage sites, guests sailing Japan with Princess will be spoilt for choice,” said Roberts. “As well as a host of cruises offering authentic onboard experiences, those looking to explore further and head off the beaten path can combine their sailing with a land holiday and fully immerse themselves in the captivating culture of this unique region.”

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