SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (August 14, 2006) – The worldwide wonders of places such as long-hidden Angkor Wat, the dramatic vistas of Machu Picchu and Australia’s stunning Great Barrier Reef highlight Princess’ Exotics cruisetour offerings, now offering passengers additional options for seamless land/sea vacations in some of the globe’s most fascinating destinations.
New land tours for the 2007-08 season include a new Ultimate Australia tour and a Thailand and Angkor Wat tour. These new options combine with Princess’ Asia and Australia/New Zealand cruises for an unforgettable land/sea vacation. Popular exotic cruisetour programs are also offered in South America and China.
Princess’ cruisetour program offers passengers the opportunity to add a pre- or post-cruise land tour to their cruise, enabling them to further explore some of the world’s most memorable places, while enjoying a seamless transition between land and sea, handpicked hotels, most meals, knowledgeable escorts and exemplary Princess service throughout.
“Our worldwide cruisetours offer a truly unforgettable vacation,” said Jan Swartz, Princess’ senior vice president of customer service and sales. “We’ve lined up a variety of creative itineraries where passengers will be immersed in the cultures of some of the world’s most magnificent places, including those that you just can’t get to by sea.”
Princess’ Exotic cruisetour lineup includes:
Australia – A new Ultimate Australia tour joins the lineup for a total of four tour options ‘down under.’ The new seven-night tour features many of Australia’s highlights plus visits to Kakadu National Park and Darwin. The tour includes two nights in Sydney, one night at the famed Uluru (Ayers Rock), one night in Kakadu, one night in Darwin, and two nights in Port Douglas for the Great Barrier Reef. This new pre-cruise option joins Princess’ three other tour offerings, Highlights of Australia (Sydney and Cairns), the Australian Outback Adventure (Sydney, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and Cairns), and Australian Explorer (Sydney, Ayers Rock, Port Douglas).
Thailand and Angkor Wat – A new Thailand and Angkor Wat tour offers passengers the opportunity to explore the best of this fascinating part of southeast Asia, with a special visit to Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The six-night tour features two nights in Bangkok, two nights in the northern city of Chiang Mai, and two nights in Siem Reap in Cambodia. Visitors will enjoy sites such as Bangkok’s Golden Buddha Temple, a cruise on the Chao Phraya River, an elephant camp near Chiang Mai, and of course the stunning temples of Angkor Wat.
China – Princess’ popular China cruisetours return, offering travelers aboard Sapphire Princess cruises the opportunity to venture to the country’s unforgettable sites. Two tours, Beijing and the Terra Cotta Warriors (four nights) and Beijing, Xian and Yangtze River Cruise (eight nights) have been custom designed to feature the best of China. Depending on the itinerary, visitors will experience Beijing’s Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall and Summer Palace, the dramatic Terra Cotta Warriors or a three-night cruise on the Yangtze River.
South America – Princess offers two South America tour options in conjunction with Star Princess Cape Horn/Straits of Magellan sailings. The enhanced five-night Rio and IguaÂ§u Falls tour now includes two nights at the spectacular falls, plus two nights in Rio de Janeiro and a night in Buenos Aires. The popular four-night Machu Picchu Explorer option features a full day at the dramatic ruins of Machu Picchu, two nights in Cusco and two nights in Lima. These pre- and post-cruise tours can be combined for a full South American exploration.
Cruisetour fares begin at $3,099 per person based on double occupancy for a 20-day land and sea package. Several tours can be combined on one cruise for a $200 per couple fare discount.
Additional information about Princess’ Exotic cruises and cruisetours is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.