SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (June 5, 2007) – Princess will debut its most extensive Canada/New England season ever in 2008 with an expanded schedule of northeast coast sailings beginning in August, and offering more than 50 percent additional capacity. Caribbean Princess will make her debut in the region, and the program will return to Montreal with a new, longer Connoisseur itinerary that offers more opportunities than ever to experience the dramatic fall foliage, quaint towns and rich history of this colorful destination.
The extended Canada/New England season runs from August 24 and October 29, 2008, featuring 18 voyages on three ships. Itinerary choices include new 11-day Connoisseur sailings on Royal Princess between Montreal and New York, Classic 10-day cruises on Sea Princess between Quebec City and New York and seven-day roundtrip voyages from New York on Caribbean Princess. Royal Princess also offers a 17-day Colonial America sailing.
The Connoisseur route also debuts a new port for Princess with calls at New London, Connecticut, the gateway for historic Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium. This itinerary also offers a dramatic cruise up the beautiful Saguenay River and the opportunity to begin or end the voyage in Montreal. All cruises include Nova Scotia’s picturesque capital of Halifax, Saint John and the natural beauty of New Brunswick, quaint Bar Harbor and Maine’s Acadia National Park, and the historic treasures of Boston. Certain itineraries also offer the opportunity to visit the majestic mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, or further explore Canada with visits to the Nova Scotia town of Sydney as well as Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, the home of “Anne of Green Gables.”
“Our longer season and additional sailings will offer many more passengers the opportunity to experience the breathtaking views, incredible dining and historic ports of the eastern seaboard,” said Jan Swartz, Princess’ senior vice president of customer service and sales. “And for a truly incomparable view of these destinations, our ships boast more private balconies than any other fleet in the region.”
New Connoisseur’s Canada/New England on Royal Princess – The intimate, 710-pasenger Royal Princess sails between Montreal and New York on this 11-day itinerary featuring Quebec City, Saguenay River Scenic Cruising, Ville Saguenay, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Saint John, Bar Harbor, Boston, and the new port of New London. The ship offers four departures between September 15 and October 18.
In addition, Royal Princess will also offer a special 17-day Canada & Colonial America voyage from Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale. This journey departs on October 29 and features calls at Quebec City, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Portland, Boston, New London, New York City, Philadelphia, Norfolk, Baltimore, and Charleston.
Classic Canada New England on Sea Princess – Princess’ classic route between New York City and QuÃƒÂ©bec City, the itinerary offers calls at Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax, Sydney and Charlottetown, plus an overnight stay in quaint QuÃƒÂ©bec City. Four sailings on the 1,950-passenger Sea Princess depart between September 13 and October 13. Sea Princess also offers the opportunity to sail on an extended 19-day Canada & Caribbean Adventure to Barbados. This option extends the October 13 cruise to include additional calls in St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Dominica, St. Vincent, and Grenada.
Roundtrip Canada/New England on Caribbean Princess – A convenient seven-day roundtrip itinerary that features the best of the northeast, this route offers regular New York departures from Brooklyn, with visits to Halifax, Saint John, Bar Harbor, Boston and Newport. The 3,100-passenger Caribbean Princess debuts in the region with nine sailings between August 24 and October 19.
For those who would like to extend their Canada & New England vacation, Princess offers escorted pre- or post-cruise land tours in conjunction with these sailings, in which passengers can travel back through historic America or spend further time in Canada with a complete cruisetour.
Early booking fares for seven-day Canada & New England sailings begin at $945 per person, while 10-day cruises start at $1,545 and 11-day voyages begin at $2,095, based on double occupancy. Caribbean Princess voyages are currently open for sale, and Sea Princess and Royal Princess cruises open for sale on June 7, 2007.
Additional information about Princess’ Canada/New England program is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting www.princess.com.