One of Australia’s favourite cruise brands, Princess Cruises, today revealed its 2020 winter program with two world cruises on two ships, visiting a total number of 90 destinations.
The 2019 Princess World Cruise has already sold out, with some suite categories selling out within the day. The 2020 World Cruise will be on sale for Elite members on October 9 and to the general public on October 11.
The Sun Princess and Sea Princess will sail 36 itineraries ranging from two nights to 106 which touches every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
Sea Princess will embark on a 106-night World Cruise with roundtrip departures available from Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. Calling into the Arctic Circle, guests will literally sail from the bottom of the globe right to the very top, touching on all continents except Antarctica.
The global circumnavigation, priced from $23,999, will visit 41 ports across 27 countries and introduce new world cruise contenders including Sibenik in Croatia, Ceuta in Spanish Morocco and Isafjordur in Iceland, as well Bergen and Geirangerfjord in Norway. With nine calls in the popular Baltic region, including Honningsvag at the tip of Norway, guests will also be able to experience a never-ending day in the land of the Midnight Sun.
The cruise also includes four overnight stays in New York, Venice, Dubai and Lima.
While the 77-night Circle Pacific cruise, priced from $16,999 per person, twin share, will feature more calls to Japan with calls to Osaka, Toba, Tokyo and maiden calls to Hakodate and Kushiro which will arrive the day before the before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Stuart Allison, Vice President of Asia and Pacific for Princess Cruises, said the team has developed an itinerary off the feedback of Australian guests.
“Alaska, Japan and Norway have been consistently popular with our Australian guests. It’s also special for us to have the ship arrive in time of the Tokyo Olympics, and sail in Alaska with more itineraries in accordance with the line celebrating its 50th year in the region is phenomenal,” he said.
“Japan is still one of those countries that people may be hesitant to travel around by themselves, which is why we think it’s so popular with the market. They can go out and explore, and then return feeling like their coming home.”
Mr Allison also said that he predicts that the southern tip of Japan may be the next big destination for 2021.
“The southern tip of Japan is hard to navigate and not many cruise ships visit that part of the region, so that may be the big destination for Princess in 2021.”
And when Cruise Passenger asked about the potential of having another Royal-class vessel heading to Australia, Mr Allison simply replied with, “we’ll definitely be announcing some big things in the next few months.”
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