Princess Announces 2009-2010 Cruise Itineraries

New routes and destinations for the coming season

By: Marissa Tinloy

Princess Cruises has announced its cruise itineraries for the coming year, presenting a combination of exotic new destinations and old cruise-tour favorites. In the 2009-2010 season, the global cruise and tour operator will offer more than 110 sailings on 10 ships to all seven continents. With six new itineraries and 11 new ports, Princess ships will visit more than 180 destinations, including sites in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Tahiti, India, South America, Canada and New England.

For the coming season, Princess has increased capacity and added a number of new itineraries at a variety of international destinations. In Asia, Princess will sail two ships and offer three new 14- to 16-day itineraries aboard Ocean Princess, which will also journey to India and Africa. Other new itineraries include a 31-day West Africa Adventure and a 13-day holiday sailing on Diamond Princess in Australia and New Zealand. The 2010 World Cruise Adventure, a 107-day tour that visits 40 destinations, will include new ports such as Mexico’s Copper Canyon at Topolobampo, Vietnam’s “City of Peace” at Halong Bay, and the Sharm el-sheikh in Egypt.

Princess’ new port destinations include Muscat, the capital of Oman; Yangon in Myanmar; Qingdao, a Chinese seaside city; Fukuoku in western Japan; Phillip Island in southern Australia; Newcastle, Australia; Picton on New Zealand’s South Island; the Caribbean island of Nevis and more.

“We know our passengers are explorers who revel in the opportunity to see some of the world’s exotic locales, so we’ve designed a full slate of itineraries to take them to all seven continents in the comfort of our wonderful ships,” said Princess senior vice president, Jan Swartz.

Ranging in size from three 680-passenger ships to the company’s largest 3,100 amenity-filled vessels, Princess’ 10 ships offer a full range of size and international touring options.

Ocean Princess, formerly known as Tahitian Princess, will sail one last Africa, India and Southeast Asia itinerary before being re-named for embarkation on a series of cruises through Asia, including the Treasures of Southeast Asia and South China Sea Explorer tours. The ship’s itineraries will also include an Africa, India and Southeast Asia voyage from Singapore to Cape Town and a West African Adventure from Cape Town to London. Sailings depart between Sept. 17, 2009 and May 7, 2010.

Golden Princess will continue its tradition in Hawaii, tracing the popular 14-day route between Los Angeles, the Big Island, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui. Between Sept. 27, 2009 and April 25, 2010, the ship will set sail on 16 Sundays.

In Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Diamond Princess will lead a series of voyages ranging from 13- to 20-days and visiting choice destinations, which include Beijing, Bangkok, Phillip Island, Sydney and Alaska. Departures run between Sept. 12, 2009 and April 30, 2010.

The 710-passenger Royal Princess will sail nine 14-day journeys through the Amazon, departing from Ft. Lauderdale and concluding in Manaus, Brazil. Destinations include St. Barthelemy or Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Devil’s Island and various ports in the Amazon. The Amazon River Adventure runs between Dec. 19, 2009 and April 10, 2010.

The Star Princess, which sails in the South Pacific, South America and Antarctica, will sail two South Pacific crossings, multiple journeys around Cape Horn in South America and two Antarctic Adventures. Departures sail from Sept. 30, 2009 to March 30, 2010.

Pacific Princess takes over the popular 10-day Tahiti and Polynesia cruises this season, sailing roundtrip from Papeete through Huahina, Rangiroa, Raitaea, Bora Bora and more. The ship will also sail one Hawaiian Islands Cruises, a Hawaii and Tahiti sailing and a 26-day South Pacific and Andes Explorer Adventure. The ship sails between Oct. 9th and Dec. 8, 2009.

Pacific Princess will also sail the 107-day World Cruise, which journeys from Ft. Lauderdale to Rome and visits locations around the globe, including Aruba, Costa Rica, Acapulco, Fiji, Cairns, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, Safaga, Aqaba and many more. The World Cruise departs Jan. 27, 2010 and offers segments which range from 18 to 89 days.

In Australia, both the Sun Princess and the Dawn Princess will explore New Zealand, Tasmania, New Caledonia, Australia and other sites. Sun Princess will also sail a roundtrip China and Japan itinerary departing from Sydney, and Dawn Princess will sail a Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific voyage. Sun Princess and Dawn Princess will depart from Oct. 17, 2009 to April 3, 2010.

Caribbean Princess and Crown Princess will sail routes through Canada and New England with itineraries ranging from seven to 15-days. Programs include a 7-day Caribbean Princess Canada and New England program, a classic 10-day route between New York and Quebec and a 15-day Canada and Colonial America itinerary. For the 7-day route, ships sail roundtrip from New York from Aug. 22 to Oct. 17, 2009. For the 10-day classic route, three ships depart between Sept. 23 and Oct. 13, 2009.

Additional cruise-tour packages are also available, allowing cruise guests to extend their vacations in Australia, Asia, South America, Canada and New England. Package destinations include Machu Picchu, Ayers Rock, the Angkor Wat and more.

As of April 23, 2008, Princess’ exotic cruises will be available for booking. Escape Fares for 10-day sailings start at $1,395 per person, based on double occupancy. Past Princess passengers are eligible for up to $100 in Captain’s Circle Launch Savings on bookings made by Dec. 31, 2008 (excluding the World Cruise). Past passengers booking the World Cruise by Dec. 31 are also eligible for special offers, such as air-inclusive travel or a $300 Captain’s Circle Launch Savings discount, depending on cabin category booked.