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Princess Cruises has announced it will send a fifth ship to Australia during the 2015/16 summer season, with Golden Princess debuting as the biggest ship ever to homeport in Melbourne.

The 2,600-passenger vessel will join Diamond Princess, Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess for the season in Australia.

She is scheduled to make her maiden voyage to Australia in October 2015 when she arrives in Sydney before she moves to Melbourne.

During the five-month season she will sail itineraries to New Zealand, the South Pacific and Tasmania.

Vice president Australia and New Zealand Stuart Allison says he expects the ship to be popular amongst Victorians.

Golden Princess’ larger size means she has a host of wonderful features,” he said.

“More than half her staterooms have private balconies, while she also offers a beautiful spa, four swimming pools and 10 restaurants and cafes.”

During the 2015/16 season, Princess Cruises will also have its first ever summer season in Fremantle, with Sun Princess sailing on a program of 11 cruises to and from Western Australia between October 2015 and March 2016.

Brisbane will experience its biggest year of Princess Cruises’ sailings, with Sun Princess sailing from the city from August to November 2015 and Sea Princess offering cruises from November 2015 to April 2016.

The line also revealed that for the first time all ships will offer A$ pricing on board.