SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (April 25, 2007) – Princess Cruises has announced its full 2008 cruise program in French Polynesia which features a spring season from January through May, and a fall schedule from October through December. Cruises will continue aboard the intimate Tahitian Princess on the popular 10-day itinerary sailing roundtrip from Papeete, and visiting Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora and Moorea.
“We’ve enjoyed good success with our Tahiti-based cruises, and our passengers have been enthusiastic about the islands and the warm welcome from the people of French Polynesia,” said Alan Buckelew, president of Princess Cruises. “So we’re pleased to return not only for the spring of 2008, but to also announce we will be home-porting Tahitian Princess in Papeete in the fall of 2008 as well.”
Princess began roundtrip cruising from Papeete through French Polynesia in 2002, when Tahitian Princess joined the fleet. Since that time, the line has brought over 135,000 passengers to this idyllic destination on this ship alone. Other Princess ships also call on French Polynesian ports during transit calls.
“We are very pleased that Princess Cruises has fulfilled their five-year obligation to our country,” said Maina Sage, French Polynesia’s Minister of Tourisme and the Environment. “In addition, Princess Cruises has reinforced their commitment to our destination by announcing that our partnership will continue when they return to our waters in the coming years,” Sage added. Chief Executive of Tahiti Tourisme, Ms. Dany Panero commented positively as well. “The working relationship with Princess Cruises over the past several years has been extremely professional and efficient. On behalf of our country, and our partners in tourism, we would like to thank Princess for their contributions to our destination.”
Between the spring and fall of 2008, Tahitian Princess will reposition north to offer a brand-new Connoisseur itinerary in Alaska. Following her first summer season is this destination, the ship will return to French Polynesia to again offer the intimate-style of cruising which has proved so popular with Princess passengers.
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.