Princess Cruises is adding to its Australian fleet by homeporting the 3082-passenger Emerald Princess in Sydney in late 2016.
The 113,000-tonne superliner will be based in Sydney from November 2016 to April 2017 – and will bring Princess Cruises capacity to a record 11,800 berths across five ships.
The Cruise Line’s announcement today maintained the ship, which has 1500 cabins, 13 dining options, eight showrooms and lounges, two nightclubs and a Lotus Spa, will sail from Sydney, with itineraries to New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific to be unveiled in March this year.
Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said five of the line’s 18-strong fleet cruising would be in Australia and New Zealand because Princess Cruises ranks Australia as its biggest market outside the United States.
“Since Princess first based a ship here for the summer in 2002 we have been embraced by Australians who love our exciting itineraries and destinations as well as the quality cruise experience we provide, so we’re thrilled to be expanding further,” Mr Allison said.
“With three ships cruising our waters full time and two megaliners visiting for the summer, the 2016 season will offer more exciting options for Australian and New Zealand cruisers.”
Mr Allison said Emerald Princess would cruise from Sydney whilst four other Princess ships will continue to offer programs from Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle and Sydney.
Mr Allison said all ships will offer AUD pricing onboard as they deliver a full program of cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle and Auckland over the 2016-17 summer.
Full details of the 2016-17 program for all Princess ships will be released in March, with the program on sale in April.