Princess Announces 2008 Europe Season

Princess Cruises will offer passengers a choice of six different ships, 115 ports and unique new itineraries in 2008, its largest Europe season ever

By: Ana Figueroa

Princess Cruises has announced its largest Europe season ever, with six ships calling at over 115 ports throughout the continent in 2008.

Eight new ports will debut, including unique locales such as Albania.

And, five new itineraries will be introduced, including a new Classical Europe option that combines the best of Scandinavia and Russia with the Mediterranean.

The six vessels in Princess’ European fleet will range in capacity from 670 to 3,070 passengers. Itineraries will range from seven to 23 days. Additionally, two ships will make their European debuts: Crown Princess, which brings extra capacity to Scandinavia/Russia itineraries, and Pacific Princess, which offers an intimate cruise experience throughout the Mediterranean, including a significant increase in Holy Land sailings. For the 2008 season, Royal Princess returns with an all-new schedule and Emerald Princess sails once again throughout the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, Grand Princess showcases both Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and Sea Princess sails on a selection of one- and two-week Mediterranean and Northern Europe itineraries from Southampton.

The eight new ports on Princess’ 2008 European schedule include Sarande, Albania featuring the remains of the ancient Greek and Roman city of Butrint and the Ottoman town of Gjirokastra, the nation's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Dartmouth, a charming seaside town at the heart of Devon in the UK; Harwich, a convenient alternative port for visits to London; Bornholm (Rønne), a scenic Danish island; and Scrabster in the very north of Scotland, a convenient jumping off point for visits to the Scottish Highlands and the Castle of Mey. Passengers on transatlantic sailings will also be able to explore new ports on the way to or from Europe with visits to Banjul, capital of The Gambia offering wildlife sightings, colorful markets and intriguing local villages; Horta, a small village in the Portuguese Azores Islands; and St. Anthony, Newfoundland, offering an opportunity to go whale watching or visit Viking ruins at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, another UNESCO site thought to be one of the earliest European settlements in North America.

Passengers can add to their European adventure with a choice of cruisetour options offered in conjunction with Grand Princess, Emerald Princess, Crown Princess and Pacific Princess sailings. These fully escorted tours include "Under the Tuscan Sun," highlighting Florence, Siena and Milan; "Cathedrals and Castles of Imperial Europe," featuring four capitals: Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin; and the "Ring of Kerry," with visits to Shannon, Killarney and Cork. All tours are designed to mesh seamlessly with Princess' cruise itineraries for a complete land/sea vacation. Early booking fares for Europe cruises start at $1,640 per person, based on double occupancy. 

Travel agents interested in learning more about Princess' Europe program can enroll in the Princess Academy online training program, which has launched an updated Europe 2008 course. Agents who have previously completed the Academy Europe course can review the updated details in their "Your History" section.