(3.55 p.m. AEST) – Princess Cruises has announced the largest Australia program in the line’s history for the 2020/21 cruise season. The new 2020/21 program offers a choice of 123 cruises and features five Princess ships sailing from six homeports between October 2020 and April 2021.
Announcing details of the new program in Sydney today, Princess Cruises’ Sales and Marketing Director, Nick Ferguson, said the local fleet would visit almost 80 destinations across 19 countries and increase the number of cruise days on offer to a new record for the line.
“From short cruises visiting picturesque Australian coastal towns to exotic cruises to Papua New Guinea and Asia, the new program also includes a wide choice of roundtrip voyages to New Zealand from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, enabling guests to select a cruise based on the featured ports,” Mr Ferguson said.
The season will be headlined by the cruise line’s youngest and largest ships – the 143,700 tonne Majestic Princess which is returning to Australia for her third summer to sail alongside sister ship, the 142,200 tonne Regal Princess which will make her inaugural visit to Sydney on 2 December 2020. Grand-Class ship Sapphire Princess will also return to the region.
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The 2020/21 cruise program will boost the line’s Sydney and Adelaide seasons to record levels. Other firsts include the arrival of Ocean MedallionClass technology onboard Regal Princess and an inaugural Melbourne season for Sapphire Princess.
Princess Cruises’ Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Stuart Allison said, “This will be the biggest deployment we’ve ever had in Sydney. Not only will this be the first time in history that Princess Cruises has deployed two Royal-Class ships from the same homeport outside Florida, but we will also have a record number of premium balcony and mini-suite staterooms available.”
The 2020/21 program is also pioneering partnerships with regional experts in response to the demand for meaningful and authentic tourism experiences, with visits to 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites, a range of cruises with late night departures and the expansion of the global Local Connections program in Australia and New Zealand.
Princess Cruises’ Destinations Director, Michael Mihajlov said, “Princess will continue to invest in local experts who will deliver meaningful and bespoke, boutique experiences to our guests as it’s these local artisans and cultural leaders who bring a destination to life.”
The Princess Cruises 2020/21 program will be available for sale from 11 April 2019.