Sea Princess extends Australian cruise season
Sea Princess will remain in Australia after summer 2012-13 and offer one of three Princess world cruises from Sydney. Currently on its first season in Australia, Sea Princess is now confirmed to be remaining in local waters after its next summer deployment.
Instead of returning to Alaska, where it will spend winter 2012, in winter 2013 Sea Princess will join sisters Sun Princess and Dawn Princess to operate a record three world cruises departing from Australian shores.
Sea Princess' inaugural round-the-world voyage will be a 104-night roundtrip from Sydney visiting 43 destinations including Northern Europe and a sail past Turkey's ANZAC Cove. Dawn Princess will offer the new 90-day 'Grand Europe World Cruise' and Sun Princess is scheduled for a 75-day 'Grand Pacific World Cruise' around Alaska, Asia and San Francisco.
Additionally, a new Indonesian cruise from Perth will feature calls to Bali, Lombok and Semarang as well as sailing by the historic HMAS Sydney site off the coast of WA.
Princess Cruises' commercial director Stan Birge said the move to introduce three world cruises reflected the growing popularity of longer voyages from Australia. "The decision to leave Sea Princess in Australian waters for the winter after her 2012-13 summer deployment gives us even more flexibility to introduce some great new cruise itineraries," he said.
"Australians will be able to explore exciting destinations around the globe while enjoying all the hallmarks of a Princess cruise, from great entertainment and cuisine through to special features like Movies Under the Stars and The Sanctuary retreat."
All three 77,000-tonne ships feature Australian currency onboard, with no tipping required.
Source: Cruise Weekly 13 December 2012