Princess Cruises will make room for more passengers Down Under in 2016 with the addition of a larger cruise ship.

The 3,082-guest Emerald Princess will replace Diamond Princess in Sydney and join her other fleetmates based in Australia: Golden Princess (Melbourne), Dawn Princess (Brisbane and Sydney), Sea Princess and Sun Princess (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney).

Highlights of the program include an 84-night Circle South America cruise, Circle Australia cruise options, more ways to see New Zealand and longer South Pacific cruises. Land & Sea Vacation packages will pamper adventure-seekers with diverse destinations.

Princess’ guests can choose from 120 options, visiting 113 destinations in 39 countries. The choices include:

  • September 28, 2016 - a 42-day 4-continent voyage from U.K. to Australia aboard Emerald Princess;
  • October 2016 and March 2017 - Circle Australia cruises on Sun Princess with departures from Sydney, as well as the 1st round-trip sailings from Brisbane and Fremantle.
  • March 16, 2017 - two 42-day voyages to the Orient sailing from Brisbane and Sydney aboard Dawn Princess with visits to multiple destinations in Japan and China. The Sydney sailing is timed to visit Japan during the cherry blossom season.
  • January 11, 2017 - Circle South America  - an 84-day cruise on Sea Princess departing from Sydney and visiting 28 destinations in 18 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama and Uruguay, with overnight calls in Rio de Janeiro, Lima and Buenos Aires, and a full Panama Canal transit);
  • 10- to 14-day cruises through remote islands in the South Pacific departing from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney on Sea Princess and Sun Princess;
  • 11- to 14-day voyages to New Zealand aboard all 5 Princess ships.

To further enhance cruise experience, Princess will offer two Land & Sea Vacation packages. The “Australian Outback” package will immerse passengers in Aboriginal culture. It includes visits to the Great Barrier Reef in in Queensland, Australia and to Ayers Rock in Uluru National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The “Ultimate Australia” package includes the Great Barrier Reef, a Sydney city tour, the northern tropical city of Darwin and more.

Princess Cruises is not the only line responding to Australia. Yesterday, Royal Caribbean announced it would move the newest Quantum Class vessel, Ovation of the Seas, to Sydney in December 2016 - the biggest cruise ship to ever visit Australia.