(8.05 a.m. AEST) – Princess Cruises will homeport in Tahiti in 2020, the first time the line has sailed from Papeete since 2015.

Princess Cruises’ will offer a series of roundtrip cruises around the idyllic islands of French Polynesia on Pacific Princess. The Tahiti and French Polynesia cruises open for sale on 17 April 2019.

Five 10-night cruises will sail round-trip from Papeete and explore Tahiti's sparkling lagoons and white-sand beaches in October and November 2020. Every voyage includes overnight calls in Papeete and Bora Bora, as well as a late-night stay in Raiatea. Additional ports includes Huahine, Rangiroa, and Moorea.

“Tahiti and French Polynesia lure travellers from all over the world seeking pure unspoiled paradise, snorkelling, swimming adventures and relaxation,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “With our return to Tahiti in 2020, Princess Cruises offers the best way to explore this remote island life aboard our intimate Pacific Princess.”

Pacific Princess caters to just 670 guests and offers a friendly and welcoming cruise experience with a similar atmosphere to staying in a manor house or country inn.

“Princess Cruises has a long history with Tahiti and is a highly valued partner showcasing the diversity of our islands, the rich authentic local culture, and the great variety of experiences that await discovery,” notes Paul Sloan, Tahiti Tourisme, Directeur Général and CEO. “We are eagerly looking forward to next year and welcoming Pacific Princess back to The Islands of Tahiti.”