SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (June 29, 2006) — From the mysteries of the Amazon to the splendor of Bangkok, Princess will once again offer passengers intriguing itineraries to some of the planet’s most dreamed-about destinations for the fall 2007 to spring 2008 season. The leader in global cruise travel, Princess will continue to take passengers to the exotic shores of Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, South America and even Antarctica, sailing on nearly every size of ship in the Princess fleet — from 670 to 2,670 passengers.
In total, seven ships will take passengers to ports around the world. Several ships make their debut in new regions — Royal Princess sails up the mighty Amazon River, Star Princess travels around Cape Horn and to Antarctica, and Diamond Princess sets sail for Hawaii. In addition, Sapphire Princess returns to Asia and Australia/New Zealand, Pacific Princess sails between Hawaii and Tahiti, and Sun Princess and Regal Princess cross the Pacific. Princess will also offer a full 102-day world cruise, and passengers will have the opportunity to join Sun Princess during her first season sailing “Down Under” as an Australian-based ship.
The program offers travel to all seven continents, featuring 135 ports of call and destinations in 57 countries, including two new ports — the island of Tobago and the town of Parintins, Brazil, both featured on Royal Princess’ Amazon itineraries.
“Our deployment of ships around the globe has long been a Princess hallmark and we’ve committed to offering our passengers the very best of exotic cruise travel,” said Jan Swartz, Princess’ senior vice president of customer service and sales. “Passengers expect exciting destinations and itineraries from us, and this new program offers them a variety of unique choices, from a fascinating new Amazon itinerary to luxurious Pacific crossings.”
Asia and Australia/New Zealand — Sapphire Princess returns to Asia and Australia/New Zealand cruising with a full season of favorite routes.
Â¢ Australia & New Zealand — Sapphire Princess sails on the classic 12-day Australia & New Zealand cruises between Sydney and Auckland. The ship offers eight sailings between January 9 and April 2, 2008 that call at Melbourne, Hobart (Tasmania), Dunedin, Christchurch, Tauranga and scenic cruising through Fiordland National Park. Â¢ Southeast Asia & China — Sapphire Princess features extra sailings on this popular 16-day route between Beijing and Bangkok that includes calls at Nagasaki, Shanghai, Okinawa, Taipei, Hong Kong, Nha Trang (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. The ship offers five departures between October 1 and December 4, 2007.
Â¢ Australia & Asia — This 20-day Bangkok to Sydney route features Ko Samui (Thailand), Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Kota Kinabalu (Borneo, Malaysia), Darwin, Cairns, Airlie Beach (for the Great Barrier Reef), and Brisbane. Sapphire Princess heads “Down Under” on this special holiday voyage departing December 20, 2007.
Â¢ Alaska & Far East — A 15-day voyage between worlds, sailing from Anchorage (Whittier) to Beijing as Sapphire Princess takes passengers to Kodiak Island, Sapporo (Japan), Vladivostok, Pusan (Korea), Kagoshima and Dalian (China). The ship sails from Whittier on September 15, 2007 — the sailing can also be combined with Sapphire Princess’ final Gulf of Alaska cruise of the season for a 22-day journey that departs on September 8. Passengers can also choose to instead combine the cruise with the following Southeast Asia and China cruise for a 31-day sailing.
South America and Antarctica — Star Princess makes her South American debut offering a series of sailings, including two sailings on the line’s Antarctica voyage and a series of Cape Horn cruises. The new 670-passenger Royal Princess offers a more intimate experience for cruises up the Amazon River.
Â¢ Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan — A popular 12-day journey between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, this classic adventure features the route of the ancient mariners around the continent’s southernmost tip, plus visits to Montevideo (Uruguay), the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia (Argentina), Punta Arenas and Puerto Montt (Chile). Star Princess will offer four sailings on this itinerary between January 26 and March 18, 2008.
Â¢ Brazilian Adventure — A 21-day journey from Ft. Lauderdale to Buenos Aires. This extended itinerary includes calls at Dominica; Barbados; Grenada; Trinidad; Devil’s Island; the Brazilian ports of Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro; and Montevideo. Star Princess offers this voyage over the holidays, departing on December 20, 2007.
Â¢ Antarctica & South America — For the first time Princess will offer two sailings on this dramatic journey to the southernmost continent. The 16-day roundtrip voyages from Buenos Aires mark the fifth year Princess has sailed to Antarctica. The ship will visit the Falkland Islands before crossing Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, where passengers will enjoy several days of cruising with striking views of the islands, straits and channels of Antarctica. Star Princess will also sail around Cape Horn and to the ports of Ushuaia, Punta Arenas and Montevideo. The cruises depart on January 10 and February 18, 2008.
Â¢ Amazon River — The new intimate Royal Princess sails up the Amazon River for the first time on an expanded 14-day sailing of the world’s largest river. The itinerary takes passengers between Ft. Lauderdale and Manaus, Brazil, calling at St. Barthelemy, St. Lucia, the new port of Tobago, Devil’s Island, and the Amazon River ports of Santarem, new port Parintins, Boca da Valeria and Manaus, where passengers will enjoy an overnight stay. Royal Princess offers eight sailings on this itinerary between January 7 and April 14, 2008.
Â¢ Three Continents Transatlantic — Star Princess ends her South American season with a 24-day Atlantic Ocean crossing from Buenos Aires to Venice, blending highlights in South America, Africa and Europe. Passengers will enjoy the opportunity to explore ports of call including Rio de Janeiro, Recife (Brazil), Dakar (Senegal), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands), Casablanca (for Marrakech), Gibraltar, Barcelona, Cannes (for Monte Carlo), Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia) and Dubrovnik. Star Princess departs on March 30, 2008.
Hawaii and Tahiti — Passengers have several tropical choices in 2007-08 with the debut of Diamond Princess on Princess’ popular Hawaiian island sailings, plus a series of Hawaii and Tahiti cruises aboard the intimate Pacific Princess.
Â¢ Hawaiian Islands — Diamond Princess makes her debut on Princess’ popular round-trip Hawaii cruises from Los Angeles. The 2,670-passenger ship brings more berths to the region, representing a 35 percent increase in capacity on this route. The popular 15-day voyage takes in Hilo, Kilauea Volcano Scenic Cruising, Kona, Honolulu, Kauai (Nawiliwili), and Maui. The ship offers 15 sailings between September 19, 2007 and April 16, 2008.
Â¢ Hawaii & Tahiti — Meanwhile, the intimate Pacific Princess will also cruise the tropics with a series of Hawaii/Tahiti sailings. The 670-passenger vessel will offer six of these 11-day sailings between Honolulu and Papeete, calling at Kauai, Maui, Hilo, Christmas Island, Bora Bora, and Moorea, departing between September 21 and December 4, 2007. One 12-day itinerary adds an additional call in Raiatea on November 15. To start the season, the ship sails from Vancouver to Honolulu with a nine-day Hawaiian Islands cruise departing September 12 and taking in Hilo, Kauai and Maui.
Pacific Crossings — Several ships offer the perfect way to cross the Pacific between Sydney and several ports in the U.S. Travelers will visit idyllic Pacific islands and fascinating ports on these extended crossings.
Â¢ Sapphire Princess travels from Sydney to Los Angeles on a 31-day ocean crossing that takes in Melbourne, Tasmania, Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Auckland, Fiji, Pago Pago, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Honolulu, and Hilo. The ship departs on April 14, 2008.
Â¢ Sun Princess offers two Pacific crossings to and from her new role sailing for P&O Australia. The first 30-day route takes passengers from Seattle to Sydney on September 23, 2007 (San Francisco, Maui, Honolulu, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Pago Pago, Fiji, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Fiordland National Park) and the 31-day return from Sydney to San Francisco on April 7, 2008 (Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Fiji, Pago Pago, Rarotonga, Moorea, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Christmas Island, Honolulu, and Maui).
Â¢ Regal Princess — (revised itinerary from previously published) — A 31-day Los Angeles to Sydney crossing, featuring stops in many of the Pacific’s most enchanting destinations, including Maui (Lahaina), Honolulu, Christmas Island, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Pago Pago, Moorea, Fiji, Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Fiordland National Park Scenic Cruising. Regal Princess departs on her final Princess cruise from Los Angeles on August 31.
Â¢ Pacific Princess — A South Pacific and Andes Explorer route will take Pacific Princess across the Pacific and onwards through the Panama Canal. This 26-day journey from Papeete to Ft. Lauderdale features calls in Bora Bora, Moorea, Pitcairn Island (scenic cruising), Easter Island, Pisco (San Martin, Peru), Lima (Callao, overnight for Machu Picchu), Quito (Manta), Panama Canal, Cristobal (Panama), San Blas (Panama) and Limon (Costa Rica).
Sun Princess Australian Adventures — For passengers who want to enjoy a true Australian experience, Princess is offering North American passengers the opportunity to join Sun Princess on her first season sailing “Down Under.” Cruises range from eight to 28 days on a variety of itineraries that include destinations such as Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tasmania, New Zealand and two complete circumnavigation cruises of the Australian continent. The November 2007 to March 2008 cruise season will offer a genuine “Aussie” experience with Australian dollars as the onboard currency and dining and entertainment options geared to Australian tastes.
Pacific Princess World Cruise — In addition, Princess will offer a full 102-day world cruise adventure aboard the intimate Pacific Princess. Traveling across six continents, visiting 31 countries, this journey of a lifetime offers passengers the opportunity to experience such iconic destinations as Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and the Pyramids of Egypt. Departing January 10, 2008, the ship sails from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton, visiting 42 destinations along the way.
Early booking fares for Princess Exotic program cruises begin at $1,295 per person for a nine-day sailing, based on double occupancy.
Additional information is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.