Princess Cruises has released its latest program, packed full of Aussie sailings including the longest ever roundtrip cruise to depart from our shores– a 110-night global odyssey departing April 2024.
In anticipation of strong demand for bucket list destinations, the cruise line will open bookings for its new 2023/24 Australian cruise program in early December, 11 months ahead of schedule for its world cruise.
Featuring 113 departures between September 2023 and October 2024, the program is one of Princess’ largest yet, with two Royal-class ships – Royal Princess and Majestic Princess – based in Sydney, while Grand Princess will cruise from Melbourne and Coral Princess will sail from Brisbane and Fremantle.
Between them, the four ships will offer more than 40 Australian cruises and over 30 New Zealand cruises, as well as eight Asian itineraries and more than 10 Trans-Pacific sailing options.
Announcing details, Princess Cruises sales and marketing director Nick Ferguson said the early release of the program reflected the positive long-term booking trends for cruising as domestic and international travel continue to open up.
Ferguson said Coral Princess’ record-breaking world cruise was a highlight of the program, with guests set to enjoy 47 spectacular ports across 32 countries on an itinerary that includes overnight stays in Russia’s St Petersburg as well as Lima in Peru and New York.
The voyage will offer more European port calls including visits to seven new world cruise destinations: Stockholm in Sweden, Aarhus in Denmark, Kristiansand in Norway, Edinburgh in Scotland, the Greek island of Crete, France’s Corsica, and Bar Harbor (Maine) in the US with extended visits to Petra, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Cork, Boston and Tahiti.
“Our 2023 world cruise has been a sell-out which is why we’re launching the 2024 voyage much earlier than ever before. This reflects both the desire and interest from our guests to travel the world and make up for lost time” Ferguson said.
The 2000-guest Coral Princess features a large number of balcony staterooms, suites and mini-suites as well as a wide array of restaurants and lounges, and offers a level of comfort and space ideal for longer voyages.
In addition to the world cruise, Coral Princess will sail on Princess’ popular round-Australia itineraries, with two departures from both Sydney and Brisbane, as well as a 21-night voyage to see the sights of Asia from Sydney to Yokohama aboard Royal Princess departing 6 April 2024.
With departures available from Adelaide, Fremantle and Auckland as well Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, the 2023/24 program offers a wide range of Australian itineraries including a new 12-night cruise to South Australia and Tasmania from Sydney on Majestic Princess and two cruises to Queensland from Melbourne.
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