Princess Cruises is expanding and building up capacity in Asia and Australia, while effectively reducing North American commitment.
In 2014, the estimated North American guest capacity of the line was more than 1.5 mill passengers. In 2015, it will have dropped to 1.3 mill, with balance dedicated to China, Japan and Australia.
Princess Cruises is already sailing the Sapphire Princess on her second summer season in China and winter following out of Singapore. The line has announced that its yet-unnamed 3,600-passenger cruise ship, scheduled for delivery in 2017, will be home-ported in China year-round. Before then, Golden Princess will be also based in China to join the Sapphire for 2016 season.
Princess has deployed three ships in Australia on an year-round basis, plus Diamond Princess alternating between Japan and Australia, and Golden Princess - between China and Australia in 2016.
Princess Cruises is the second largest brand in Carnival group in 2015 with 18 cruise ships and an estimated guest capacity of 1.8 million. By 2022, the line will have 19 vessels, based on existing orders, as well as an estimated annual capacity of over 2 million.