Princess Cruises has unveiled its 2016-2017 Americas cruise season including sailings to the Panama Canal, Caribbean, Mexico, the West Coast, Hawaii, Canada and New England. The array of voyages departing from U.S. ports range from 3 to 28 days and go on sale May 21.
Ten Princess ships will be sailing between Sept 2016 - April 2017, with 255 departures and 62 itineraries, visiting over 80 destinations. Highlights include new 6- and 8-day Caribbean itineraries, the first Panama Canal roundtrip voyage from LA since 2009, overnight stays in select destinations, shorter 5-day fall Canada and New England getaways, an expansive 2-week Canada & New England itinerary and brand-new land & sea vacations exploring the East Coast.
2016-2017 Americas season includes:
- Caribbean cruises
With more than 21 Caribbean itineraries ranging from 6 to 21 days on 4 ships, including the newest ships Regal Princess and Royal Princess joined by the Caribbean Princess, there is a variety of offerings. A new call port Amber Cove (Dominican Republic) is included on every 7-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary on board Regal Princess.
Caribbean Princess features a brand-new deployment with 6- and 8-day voyages from Ft. Lauderdale, that can be combined for longer 14-day Caribbean Adventurer cruises spanning both the Southern and Western Caribbean. Ship's 8-day Southern Caribbean voyages will visit Aruba (with an evening stay), Bonaire and Curacao. Caribbean Princess’ 6-day Western Caribbean itinerary will feature visits to Cozumel, Belize and either Honduras, Costa Maya or Roatan.
Regal Princess returns to alternating the popular Princess Cruises' 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages from Ft. Lauderdale, which can also be combined for 2 weeks onboard line's newest ship in the Caribbean. The 7-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary features a new port of call - Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, and a choice between stopping in Antigua, St. Kitts or St. Maarten with each sailing calling at St. Thomas, including an evening stay. 7-day Western Caribbean cruises will visit Jamaica, Princess Cays and Grand Cayman, including a full day and evening stay in Mexico (Cozumel).
Royal Princess will sail on the most popular Caribbean itineraries of the line - a 10-day Eastern Voyager and 10-day Southern Medley, which can be combined for a 20-day vacation. These sailings show the best of the Caribbean, including Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and off-the-beaten-path ports of Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire.
For a shorter getaway, Princess offers two voyages: aboard Royal Princess with a four-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary, visiting Princess Cays and Grand Turk; and aboard Crown Princess with a 5-day cruise stopping in Princess Cays and new port of Amber Cove.
Passengers will also be able to celebrate Christmas and New Year, Hanukkah and Kwanza as all 3 ships will offer holiday sailings ranging from 7 to 21 days. The holiday voyages of 7 and 10 days offer a choice of Eastern, Western and Southern regions, while the longer ones (14-21 days) include two of the regions spanning the Caribbean.
Pacific Princess will offer a special 2-week Caribbean Connoisseur cruise over the holidays which visits remote islands, perfect for ship's intimate size: the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Tobago, as well as a maiden port of call Cruz Bay (U.S. Virgin Island of St. John).
- Panama Canal
Island Princess and Coral Princess return to the Panama Canal with either 10-day partial transits or 15-day full transits through the famous locks.
Island Princess will feature 15-day voyages with 2-day Canal experiences, combining the Canal transit with a day at Fuerte Amador. On November 20, 2016, the ship will embark on the first Princess' roundtrip Panama Canal cruise from Los Angeles since 2009. The 19-day sailing offers various adventures including Mexico’s largest ecological preserve (Mayan ruins), the volcanoes of San Juan Del Sur, the rainforests of Costa Rica, the colonial architecture of Antigua, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Guatemala, and an overnight stay in Panama. Pacific Princess will also join with several 17-day voyages.
- Hawaiian Islands, Mexican Riviera, West Coast
4 ships will be deployed on the West Coast from 3 homeports - San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vancouver, sailing to the tropical waters of Mexico and Hawaii, as well as the Pacific Coast with cruises ranging from 3 to 28 days.
The quick West Coast getaways offer 3- to 5-day departures from LA throughout the season on Ruby Princess, Star Princess and Crown Princess, with visits to Catalina, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ensenada, Mexico. Ruby Princess will offer a 5-day Baja Getaway with an overnight in Cabo San Lucas. Grand Princess continues cruising year-round from San Francisco to Hawaii, Mexico and California Coast after the season in Alaska. Crown Princess features a fall departure of the popular 28-day Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa itinerary which allows vacationers departing from LA to visit the South Pacific islands of Samoa and French Polynesia without the need to take a flight.
- Canada & New England
Passengers will be able to experience the fall foliage on East Coast sailings with both Caribbean Princess and Regal Princess.
Caribbean Princess will sail on the Quebec City - New York route on the popular Princess' 10-day Classic Canada and New England itinerary, with an overnight stay in Quebec and calling to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Boston, Massachusetts, Newport (Rhode Island). Caribbean Princess will offer a more expansive 2-week Canada and Colonial America itinerary to Ft. Lauderdale from Quebec City including visits to Norfolk, Virginia and Bar Harbor, Maine as well as off-the-beaten-path destinations, such as Sydney, Nova Scotia and Port Saguenay.
Regal Princess continues on her popular 7-day Canada and New England itinerary departing Saturdays from New York, and visiting ports rich in colonial history including Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor and the North Atlantic Canadian ports of Saint John and Halifax. The ship will also sail on a new shorter 5-day fall getaway itinerary from New York to Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax.
- Land & Sea Vacations
Princess Cruises offers a choice of 2 options to combine an East Coast cruise with a land tour to allow passengers to enhance their vacation, and see Niagara Falls, the best of Eastern Canada and the sites of colonial America.