Princess Cruises has unveiled its plans for their 2021-22 Australian season, with the Royal Princess and Coral Princess heading Down Under.
The season also includes plans for Coral Princess’ first roundtrip world cruise from Australia in 2022, as well as the return of Emerald Princess and Sapphire Princess.
The ships will be homeported in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and the arrival of the Royal Princess will have the line’s OceanMedallion technology.
There has been a massive reshuffle within the line, with the Diamond Princess leaving Asia and the Ruby Princess and Majestic Princess heading to Alaska and North America.
The Regal Princess, which was also due to start sailing from Sydney this year, does not appear to be on the schedule for the 2021/22 wave season.
Princess Cruises Senior Vice President Asia Pacific Stuart Allison said, “The first of the cruises being offered are still a year away and two years for the last voyages in the season. We know that many of our guests wish to cruise again when the time is right and it is important that we have options available so that they can plan to resume holidaying at sea. Our new itineraries will give our Australian guests some holiday inspiration for the time when we will all be able to travel again.”
Mr Allison said the five-ship program underlined Princess Cruises’ strong commitment to the Australian market.
“With new ships on offer and a total of 95 departures to choose from, 2021-22 will be one of our strongest seasons Down Under, and reflects demand from our Princess guests and travel agent community who have remained loyal to cruising during this challenging period.”
Both Brisbane and Sydney have homeport seasons in late 2021, with Brisbane hosting the 2000-guest Coral Princess and Sydney hosting the 3560-guest Royal Princess as well as the 3080-guest Emerald Princess.
Mr Allison said the deployments meant guests sailing from Sydney would experience the latest cruise innovation. The 142,229-tonne Royal Princess, and the 113,561-tonne Emerald Princess are both equipped with the cruise line’s OceanMedallion technology.
The 2670-guest Sapphire Princess will be homeported in Melbourne, while the boutique 670-guest Pacific Princess will cruise on two different itineraries from Australia during the season.
Mr Allison said he expected Coral Princess’ world cruise and her 28-night Australian circumnavigation to be popular with holidaymakers.
“Coral Princess is a great mid-sized ship, which carries 2000 guests yet offers a wide range of public spaces and amenities normally only found on much larger ships. So she provides a very affordable way to see Australia and the world in comfort and style.”
Mr Allison said Coral Princess’ planned 107-night world circumnavigation will visit 43 destinations in 27 countries, and feature overnights stays in Dubai, Venice, New York and Lima as well as visits to four stunning new world cruise ports – Sibenik in Croatia, Cornwall (Falmouth) in the UK, Olden in Norway and Isafjordur in Iceland. Sailing from Sydney on May 18, 2022 and Brisbane on May 20, 2022, the world cruise is priced from $25,799* per person twin share in an interior stateroom, while balcony stateroom fares start from $34,799* per person twin share.
Other highlights of the 2021-22 season include:
A Round Australia cruise on Coral Princess, departing from Sydney on March 16, 2022 and Brisbane on March 18, 2022, priced from $5199* per person twin share.
New Zealand roundtrip cruises from Sydney on Royal Princess and Emerald Princess from $1999* per person twin share; from Brisbane on Coral Princess from $2399* per person twin share and from Melbourne on Sapphire Princess from $2099* per person twin share.
Six one-way New Zealand voyages between Auckland and Sydney on Royal Princess and Emerald Princess from $1899* per person twin share.
Five Tasmanian roundtrip cruises from Sydney, three from Melbourne and two from Brisbane from $999* per person twin share.
Five Southern Australia Explorer cruises from Melbourne on Sapphire Princess from $1119* per person twin share.
A Pacific Princess roundtrip cruise to Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea from Sydney from $4299* per person twin share.
Two Papua New Guinea cruises on Coral Princess sailing from Brisbane from $1969* per person twin share.
A roundtrip voyage to New Caledonia from Melbourne on Sapphire Princess from $2159* per person twin share.