(11:30 a.m.) -- Sea Princess will offer Princess Cruises' longest ever world cruise, a 106-night voyage, departing from Sydney on June 5, 2018. The voyage visits 40 destinations in 27 countries over a distance of 32,000 nautical miles, including new ports across Greenland, Newfoundland and Eastern Canada as well as overnight stays in New York, Barcelona and Venice.
Princess pioneered world cruises from Australia in 2008 and is currently the only cruise line to offer Australians the opportunity to cruise around the world from their doorstep. Passengers can also choose to cruise roundtrip from Brisbane or Auckland.
Celebrating its 10th year of world cruising from Australia in 2017, Princess Cruises' Sea Princess 2018 world cruise will see Princess Cruises’ welcome its 30,000th local world cruise passenger onboard, while also notching up a total of 450,000 nautical miles, 183 unique destinations and its 1500th day at sea on long voyages of more than 75 days from Australia.
“There are many advantages of a Princess world cruise. As the destination experts and the only cruise line offering world voyages from Australia, we pride ourselves on creating exciting itineraries without the need for costly international airfares," Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said in a statement.
“With Australian dollars onboard, our world cruises also remove the stress of tipping and the expense of currency exchange. Best of all, our guests only have to unpack once and the world will come to them from the luxury and comfort of a magnificent Princess ship.”
Allison said the high guest repeat rates showed that Australians were hooked on world cruising. Of the 3,000 passengers who travelled on Sea Princess’ 104-night world cruise this year, more than half did the full world cruise and about a quarter had previously sailed on a full world cruise with Princess. According to Allison, 75 per cent of guests booked on the ship’s 2017 voyage had already enjoyed part or all of a world cruise with Princess.
Sea Princess’ 2018 world cruise is on sale now with fares for the full 106-night voyage priced from $21,999 per person twin share.
--By Louise Goldsbury, Australia Editor