SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 17, 2006) – The luxurious warm waters and sunny beaches of the Caribbean will once again welcome Princess passengers in the 2007-08 season, as seven of the line’s amenity-filled ships present a tempting array of ways to experience the spice and color of this favorite cruise region.
Options abound as vacationers can choose from vessels ranging from 680 to 3,100 passengers – including the youngest seven-day Caribbean fleet in the industry (averaging approximately five years old) – sailing on itineraries that vary from week-long getaways to 16-day explorations of the Caribbean’s less-known locales.
In total, Princess offers more than 110 departures on 10 different itineraries next season. The new Emerald Princess makes her debut in the Caribbean by taking over 10-day sailings to the less-visited ports of the Southern Caribbean. Crown Princess also explores exotic islands of the Southern Caribbean on two alternating itineraries sailing roundtrip from San Juan, while Caribbean Princess continues to sail on the classic seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Grand Princess takes over the popular seven-day Western Caribbean itinerary and Sea Princess returns with her unique 14-day sailings roundtrip from Barbados.
Two special holiday sailings, aboard Coral Princess and the intimate Royal Princess offer the opportunity for a year-end escape, with the latter offering a unique small-ship experience combined with a special 16-day exotic journey visiting a variety of new and more exclusive ports, such as St. Barthelemy and Tobago.
Princess ships will sail to all corners of the Caribbean, with itineraries covering 30 ports, including three new calls also featured on Royal Princess’ holiday voyage — SamanÂ¡ in the Dominican Republic, a favorite location of nature lovers offering tropical forests and a protected bay; Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, which features unusual “baths” or scenic seaside grottoes; and Bequia, the second largest island in the Grenadines, offering lush hills and secluded beaches.
“Our spectacular Caribbean fleet features all the amenities you would expect on the youngest ships sailing on seven-day cruises,” said Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. “Passengers love the special features that make cruising the Caribbean with Princess so special – such as our poolside movie screens, our array of dining options and our many balconies from which to enjoy this paradise.”
Princess’ 2007-08 Caribbean season features:
Emerald Princess – The new Emerald Princess makes her Caribbean debut with alternating 10-day sailings roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale – one to the Southern Caribbean and the other to the Eastern Caribbean. The Southern Caribbean Medley itinerary is offered on nine sailings and includes calls at Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. The Eastern Caribbean Voyager itinerary is featured on eight sailings and offers calls at Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Princess Cays. Emerald Princess’ Caribbean season runs between October 27, 2007 and April 4, 2008.
Crown Princess – Crown Princess will once again be based in San Juan for alternating Saturday departures on seven-day cruises to the Southern Caribbean. The ship offers 14 sailings on a Classic Southern Caribbean itinerary featuring calls at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola and St. Thomas. The Southern Caribbean Explorer route meanwhile includes 14 departures with visits to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. In addition, Crown Princess begins the season with an Exotic Eastern Caribbean journey from New York to San Juan on October 20, 2007 that features stops at St. Thomas, Antigua, and St. Kitts. Crown Princess’ Caribbean season runs through May 3, 2008.
Caribbean Princess – This ship continues to offer Princess’ Classic Eastern Caribbean seven-day roundtrip sailings from Ft. Lauderdale. The vessel offers Sunday departures for 27 sailings that travel to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays. Departures run between October 28, 2007 and April 27, 2008.
Grand Princess – Grand Princess repositions to Ft. Lauderdale to take over the seven-day Western Caribbean cruises previously offered on Star Princess. The vessel departs on Saturdays on an itinerary that calls in Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Princess Cays. The ship offers 26 sailings on this itinerary between November 3, 2007 and April 26, 2008.
Sea Princess – Sea Princess will offer a series of 14-day Caribbean adventures from Barbados, featuring two alternating itineraries. Six sailings of the Grand Caribbean Islander route feature calls at Dominica, Antigua, Tortola, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Montego Bay, CuraÂ§ao, Bonaire, Isla Margarita, Grenada and Trinidad. The ship will also offer six sailings on a Grand Caribbean Adventurer itinerary that features stops at St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Caracas and Grenada. Sea Princess sails these routes between October 27, 2007 and March 29, 2008.
Coral Princess – Coral Princess will join the Caribbean fleet for a special holiday Eastern Caribbean sailing on December 20, 2007. This seven-day escape features visits to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess’ own Princess Cays.
Royal Princess – The intimate Royal Princess also offers a unique holiday option with an unusual 16-day Southern Caribbean Sojourn that sails roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale and includes three new ports of call for Princess — SamanÂ¡, Virgin Gorda and Bequia. The full itinerary includes SamanÂ¡ (Dominican Republic), Virgin Gorda, Dominica, Bequia (The Genadines), Tobago, Devil’s Island (Å½le Royale), Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Barthlemy. Royal Princess sets sail on December 22, 2007.
Regardless of which itinerary passengers choose, they will enjoy some of the most amenity-filled vessels in the Princess fleet, with such distinctive features as the line’s signature Personal Choice Dining, Lotus Spa, extensive children and teen centers, wedding chapels, internet centers, and a diverse array of entertainment options and venues, all in an intimately designed, personalized environment. Emerald Princess, Crown Princess and Caribbean Princess also offer features perfect for island cruising, such as the poolside “Movies Under the Stars” movie screen, a Caribbean-themed alternative restaurant, and nearly 900 cabins with balconies — more than on any other cruise ships sailing year-round in the Caribbean.
Early booking fares for Princess’ Caribbean sailings begin at $599 per person, based on double occupancy, for seven-day sailings.