Santa Clarita, Calif. (PRWEB) March 15, 2014
The timeless cities of the Mediterranean, the splendor of Scandinavia and Russia plus the intriguing ports of the British Isles and the continent’s northern reaches, will take center stage during Princess Cruises’ 2015 Europe season.
Highlights of the just-announced season include growth in Northern Europe with the line’s newest sister ships, Regal Princess and Royal Princess, both deployed in the region for cruises to Scandinavia & Russia and the British Isles. Island Princess sails in Europe for the first time on the line’s Grand Mediterranean itinerary. Emerald Princess offers a fresh series of Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea voyages that can be combined, so passengers can customize their own 7-, 14-, 21-day or longer voyage. Caribbean Princess returns to Southampton for a wide range of itineraries in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and Ocean Princess offers an intimate small-ship experience on a variety of Northern Europe routes including Iceland, Norway and the Baltic Sea.
“We’re especially pleased to base Royal Princess in Southampton, where she first debuted with her spectacular christening,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “This will be a great year to visit Northern Europe with our newest and largest ships sailing in the region, and in the Mediterranean we’re presenting passengers with a rich variety of itinerary options.”
The 2015 Europe program features six ships sailing on 150 departures of 45 itineraries to more than 120 destinations:
Mediterranean & the Black Sea Cruises
For the first time, Island Princess will sail in Europe, offering cruises on Princess’ popular 12-day Grand Mediterranean itinerary featuring an overnight call in Venice plus visits to Barcelona, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Provence, Naples (for Capri & Pompeii), Athens, Mykonos and Istanbul. Two departures in the fall will sail between Venice and Rome (Civatavecchia).
Emerald Princess will offer a wide variety of adventures, with a series of 14-day Medley cruises covering the length and breadth of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, traveling to more than 33 destinations in 12 countries. These voyages are also available in a variety of combinations to create 21- or 28-day Collection voyages. For a shorter getaway, the sailings are also offered as seven-day departures from Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul and Rome.
For passengers sailing from Britain, Caribbean Princess will be based in Southampton to offer two-week Mediterranean Adventurer sailings featuring the best of the Western Mediterranean.
Scandinavia & Russia Cruises
Regal Princess will sail her first season in Northern Europe, replacing Royal Princess, on Princess’ popular 11-day Scandinavia & Russia itinerary featuring two full days in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In addition, three unique itineraries, ranging from 11 to 14 days, on Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Caribbean Princess, and Ocean Princess will cruise to the Baltic Sea, all of which include the 2-Day Experience in St. Petersburg, Russia.
British Isles Cruises
Princess will offer more British Isles capacity in 2015, with Royal Princess returning to Southampton to sail on 12-day British Isles itineraries. Ocean Princess sails from Dover on three unique eight-day departures. Four of Princess’ British Isles cruises will include the unique opportunity to see Scotland’s famed Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Iceland & Norway Cruises
Caribbean Princess offers one North Cape & Summer Solstice departure in June which sails north to the Arctic Circle during the peak midnight sun period around the summer solstice. Caribbean Princess will also cross to the land of fire and ice on a Transatlantic crossing featuring Iceland. Ocean Princess explores the northern waters on a 16-day Land of the Midnight Sun departure featuring the remote island of Spitsbergen, Norway. The ship will also sail on a 14-day Iceland & Norway itinerary that visits off-the-beaten-path ports in Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
Passengers can enhance their European travel with four land and sea vacation options, which combine certain sailings with a fully-escorted land tour. Choices include Paris and the French Countryside; Ireland’s Ring of Kerry; Swiss Splendors and Lake Como; and the Imperial Treasures of Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin.
More information about Princess’ 2015 Europe cruise program can be found at http://www.princess.com/learn/cruise-destinations/europe-cruises/.
Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company's website at princess.com.
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About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.7 million passengers each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from three to 111 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc.
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For further information contact:
Karen Candy, kcandy(at)princesscruises(dot)com, 661-753-1540
Julie Benson, jbenson(at)princesscruises(dot)com, 661-753-1530