Princess Launches New Cruisetour to Oberammergau Passion Play

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Tour Offers Rare Opportunity to See Famed German Production, Only Performed Every 10 Years

Princess has added a rare opportunity to its 2010 cruisetour lineup in Europe - a unique cruisetour designed to include the famed Oberammergau Passion Play, which is performed only once each decade in this small Bavarian village in Germany.

The new 18-day "Oberammergau & Highlights of Germany" tour features two nights in the southern German town of Oberammergau, and includes tickets to the event. Passengers will also visit a variety of other top German destinations during the eight-day land tour, including Frankfurt, the Black Forest, Munich, Nuremberg and Berlin. In addition the tour will connect seamlessly with a 10-day Scandinavia/Russia cruise aboard Star Princess. Two departures are offered, on August 2 and August 12 , 2010.

"This is such a unique opportunity, one that literally only comes around once every 10 years," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "This new cruisetour makes it easy to enjoy this famous event, plus take in many of the other attractions for which Germany is famous, coupled with one of our wonderful cruises through the Baltic region. This yet another example of our commitment to provide our passengers with fascinating experiences around the world."

The Oberammergau Passion Play has been held every ten years since 1634 in thanksgiving for deliverance from the Black Death in 1633. The play is now performed in years ending with a zero (except 1984 which was the 350th anniversary), and involves more than 2000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians, all of whom are residents of the village. All cast members have lived in the village at least 20 years and must be amateurs of high moral and ethical principles. Villagers also make all the costumes for the production and, as no wigs are used, participants must grow their hair and beards for several months prior to the performances.

The "Oberammergau & Highlights of Germany" cruisetour is one of Princess' four Europe cruisetour options available next season. Travelers can also opt for the 18-day "Europe's Imperial Treasures," which features the cathedrals and castles of four capitals that have figured prominently in history - Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin - and includes a Star Princess Scandinavia and Russia sailing. The 17-day "Classic Italy" tour offers the charms of Florence and Rome, and can connect to a number of Princess' Mediterranean sailings. The 16-day "Ring of Kerry" tour offers some of the Emerald Isle's most inspiring landscape with visits to Shannon, Killarney and Cork, plus a Crown Princess British Isles cruise.

Fares for the 18-day Oberammergau cruisetour begin at $5,319 per person, based on double occupancy. Capacity is limited on these special tours, and could fill quickly.

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 offers its passengers the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

For further information contact:
Karen Candy, 661-753-1540
Julie Benson, 661-753-1530

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