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Princess Cruises is a premium travel brand and a subsidiary company of Carnival Group, making it one of the 10 cruise shipping lines and travel brands owned by currently the world's biggest cruise shipowner - Carnival Corporation. As part of the conglomerate, the Princess brand brings ~20% of the Group's revenue.

Company History and Changes

Princess Cruises (princess.com) was founded in 1965 by Stanley McDonald who chartered the Alaskan ship SS Princess Patricia (1948-built/1995-scrapped, IMO 5284924) for roundtrips to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles during the off-season (winter). In 1967, Princess started to charter the ship MS Italia (1967-built/2012-scrapped, IMO 6513994), which had a modern design, numerous innovations, more spacious upper decks, larger public areas (midship/ by placing the engines aft).

In December 2025, the company celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Princess Cruises logo - CruiseMapper

The new "Princess Italia" again operated the Mexican Riviera from LA (the Princess logo on the funnel was placed for the first time in 1967). In 1969 the ship made its inaugural season in Alaska with roundtrips from San Francisco. When the charter ended (in 1973), Princess chartered the "Carla C" ship (from Costa Cruises) and unofficially renamed it "Princess Carla".

The company's modern-times history commenced in 1974 when it was acquired by P&O UK. The new owner transferred its "Spirit of London" ship (renamed Sun Princess) and 3 more boats bought from "Flagship Cruises" for the Princess brand - "Sea Venture" (Island Princess), Island Venture (Pacific Princess) and MS Kungsholm (Sea Princess). The first newbuild (specifically for Princess) was Royal Princess (1984, also served Princess under the name "Artemis").

A major company asset is "Princess Tours" (Alaska division acquired in 1986) with 10 luxury railcars for scenic tours of Mt McKinley and daily capacity 700+ passengers. With the acquisition of Sitmar Line (1988), P&O added to the Princess brand 3 more vessels (then under construction) - in 1989 (Star Princess/2021-scrapped as Columbus) and in 1990 (Crown Princess, Regal Princess), plus 2 former Cunard liners (renamed Dawn Princess, Fair Princess) and Sitmar's "Fairsky" ship (renamed Sky Princess).

The "P&O Princess Cruises" company was established in 2000 (October 23rd). It subsequently merged with Carnival Corp in 2003 (April 17th) into "Carnival Corporation & plc". The USD 5,4-billion-dollar merger created the largest cruise shipping company in the world ever, grouping 11 different travel brands as subsidiaries.

Princess Cruises Royal-Class ship

Currently, Princess Cruise Lines Ltd (USA) is transferred to Carnival's American division (Holland America Group), but the brand's marketing and sales in the UK are under Carnival plc (aka Carnival UK) which also manages Cunard Line.

The company's current President is John Padgett (assigned in October 2021) who reports directly to Holland America Group's President (Jan Swartz). John Padgett was employed by Carnival Corporation (2014-2021, as Chief Experience and Innovation Officer) and by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (1996-2014).

The company's other top executives include Terry Thornton (CCO/Chief Commercial Officer), Jim Berra (CMO/Chief Marketing Officer), Carmen Roig (VP of Sales), Vicki Johnson (Senior VP of Communications).

The world's most romantic attention the Princess cruise brand received by the participation of its vessels (first Island and Pacific, later Royal, Sun, and Sea) in the onboard filmed TV-series "The Love Boat" (ABC-aired from 1977 until 1986).

  • In May 2018, the cast of "The Love Boat" (ABC TV series run 1977-1986) and Princess Cruises was presented a Hollywood Walk of Fame star plaque. The honorary plaque is located in front of Dolby Theater's main entrance on Hollywood Blvd.
  • Following the pilot show (May 5, 1977), the cruise ship-themed series continued for 10 seasons (until May 24, 1986).
  • The Princess brand became famous and commonly known as "the Love Boat cruise line". In the series were used the Princess-owned ships Island Princess (2017-scrapped as "Discovery"), Royal Princess (now Artania) and Sea Princess (2016-scrapped as "Veronica") cruising to exotic destinations around the world.

One of the most famous features of Carnival's Princess brand is its "Personal Choice Cruising" program - an unstructured and individualized approach to the ship vacation travel by the innovative "if you want it - when you want it" concept. The brand's travel style provides an exceptional feeling of choice and flexibility giving passengers the opportunity to customize their vacation in a way that most fits their personal interests and desires. Implemented in the mid-90s (on the Sun-class Princess ships), this unique concept of passengers being in control of their voyages and vacation experiences was realized via multiple shipboard dining venues, flexible entertainment options and affordable balcony staterooms.

On March 23, 2023, Princess announced the partnership with Luigi Lavazza SpA (1895-founded, Turin Italy-based manufacturer of coffee products) as the brand’s "Official Coffee Partner". By the deal, Lavazza products and services are offered fleetwide and include coffee-themed dinners, Lavazza-based recipes, educational sessions, coffee tastings/samplings and food pairings.

On June 24, 2023, were announced new onboard "Princess Perfect Weddings" packages and the appointment Randy Fenoli (1964-born American TV host and fashion/bridal designer best known for his TV show "Randy to the Rescue and Say Yes to the Dress") as Princess Cruises' Love and Romance Ambassador. Also was announced that he will host a bridal fashion-themed voyage on Regal Princess (leaving from Galveston TX on Dec 3rd) with signature events like meet & greets and wedding gown consultations. As brand ambassador, Fenoli developed the exclusive "Randy Fenoli Weddings" package.

In October 2023, the company announced a shift in its pricing strategy, ensuring that only early bookings get the best-priced deals possible (by eliminating last-minute cruise booking discounts) and also introduced the Best Price Guarantee and Princess Promotions.

(NEW) Ship boarding/embarkation system (2023)

On August 1, 2023, Princess Cruises implemented fleetwide a new boarding process aiming to make it easier for tourists to board the ships. As a result, the scheduled arrival times on embarkation day were eliminated.

The new embarkation system requires all passengers to complete the necessary steps (via Princess App) prior to the voyage.

  • Green Lane qualified are passengers who have completed all the Travel Checklist's steps and have received their Medallion device by mail (only in the USA and Puerto Rico). Green Lane provides the most streamlined embarkation/fastest boarding. Note: Passengers who are Green Lane-eligible but choose not to have their Medallions shipped to them are classified as Blue Lane.
  • Blue Lane qualified are passengers who have completed (some, none or all) Travel Checklist's steps but have opted not to have their Medallions mailed to them. Blue Lane guests still enjoy an expedited check-in but must pick up their Medallion at the cruise terminal.
  • Accessibility Lane is for passengers experiencing mobility/accessibility difficulties. They have a separate/dedicated lane for faster check-in, regardless of their color designation.

The new embarkation system no longer requires selecting a specific arrival group time. Instead, guests can arrive within the designated check-in window at a time that suits them. However, Princess Cruises strongly recommends all guests to provide travel arrangement information via OceanReady (MedallionClass app and the Cruise Personalizer). The check-in details can be found in their travel summary.

Since August 2023, the company also improved the Digital Boarding Pass which is available in the Princess app (11 days prior to the ship departure date). The updated boarding pass now includes the deck and stateroom number.

Princess Upgrade (new cabin upgrades program)

In August 2022 was announced the "Princess Upgrade" program that allows passenger cabin upgrades on a regular basis (not as promos) and for all types of staterooms and categories.

The new program was officially launched on September 6, 2022, on just 5x USA-based Princess boats (Caribbean, Discovery, Enchanted, Regal, Ruby). By the end of October (2022) the program was rolled out fleetwide.

"Princess Upgrade" is only for bookings within Final Payment and when the full payment has been made. Then customers receive an invitation to submit a bid on any cabin type and category that is above the currently booked. The bid can be changed or canceled at any time before being accepted.

Shipboard retail shopping

In September 2021, Princess and Harding signed a deal for the entire fleet's onboard retail shopping business to move under Harding’s management.

Harding+ (Bristol UK-based global travel and cruise retail group) in 2020 was acquired by Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP (1983-founded, NYC-based investment management firm with USD 34+ billion in managed assets). Harding has hubs in Bristol (England), Miami (Florida USA) and Sydney (NSW Australia).

The existing Princess retail team joined Harding's as part of the transition.

Each of the Princess boats has an onboard shopping arcade named "Shops of Princess".

New ships

In April 2016, Princess' owner Carnival Corporation signed a shipbuilding order for 2 new boats scheduled for deliveries in 2019 (Sky Princess) and 2020-2021 (Enchanted Princess). Sky and Enchanted are 4th and 5th ROYAL-class ships (same-designed as Royal,Regal, Majestic) all constructed at Monfalcone yard as part of a previous agreement with Fincantieri (shipbuilder). At that time, Carnival Group had a total of 16 shipbuilding orders, with scheduled deliveries between 2016-2020. These 3670-passenger vessels have 80% balconied staterooms and some fleet-first features.

Princess Cruises Royal-Class ship

In late-January 2017, Carnival Corporation announced 2 more orders for the fleets of Princess (Royal-class) and Holland America Line (Pinnacle-class). Carnival signed an MoA (memorandum of agreement) with Fincantieri to construct both units, with deliveries in 2021 (Nieuw Ryndam-Rotterdam for HAL, at Marghera yard) and 2022 (Discovery Princess, at Monfalcone yard). When both contracts were finalized (February 2017), Carnival Corporation had a total of 19 newbuilds scheduled for deliveries in 2017-2022.

In July 2018 were ordered 2 new-class (larger than Royal-class) liners with GT tonnage/volume 175000 and passenger capacity 4300. These are the fleet's first dual-fuel (MGO and LNG) powered vessels. The contract with Fincantieri (Monfalcone) was signed in March 2019, with scheduled deliveries in 2023 and 2025. Princess in 2018 had 5 newbuilds on order with Fincantieri. The 2023-2025 units were Carnival Group's 10th and 11th LNG-powered ships.

By 2019, during drydock refurbishments (part of the company's USD 450 million fleet renovation program), 45000+ "Princess Luxury Beds" were rolled out fleetwide (to 22000+ staterooms / on all liners). The custom-made "Princess Luxury Bed" implements the latest sleep science technologies and was developed via partnership with Dr. Michael Breus (The Sleep Doctor) and Candice Olson (Canadian designer).

In December 2019, Princess signed with Panasonic Corporation a deal to deliver 4K laser projectors for the entire fleet (first unit was installed on Sky Princess). All liners will be outfitted with Panasonic PT-RQ50KU (4K Laser Projector with Solid Shine technology) to be used for the new 5-Skies production show featuring UHD imagery.

In September 2022 Princess signed with Xponential Fitness Inc (Irvine CA USA-based, 2017-founded company) a 5-year exclusive licensing agreement. Xponential Fitness is currently the world's largest global franchise group of boutique fitness brands. As of 2022, Xponential franchises 10 fitness brands (Club Pilates, pure barre, CycleBar, StretchLAB, Row House, YogaSix, Rumble, AKT Dance, STRIDE Fitness, BFT) and has 2220+ gym studios in 48 American states and 13 countries. The deal with Xponential, together with the partnership with OneSpaWorld (providing gym professionals and wellness staff and services) made Princess the first major cruise company to offer multiple premium fitness brands for personalized and customizable gym/training experiences. During the agreement period (2022-2027), at least 8x Xponential brands are available on each Princess boat (120 licensed gym studios fleetwide).

In 2024 (Sun Princess) and 2025 (Star Princess) debut the fleet's ever-largest (SPHERE-class) vessels, with GT-tonnage/volume ~175,000 tonnes.

Princess Cruises Sphere-Class ship

Each boat has 21 floors, 2157 staterooms, and the signature (fleet-first ) facilities The Dome (top-deck entertainment space covered by a glass roof) and Piazza Atrium (3-deck-high, outward-looking midship suspended space with comfortable seating, 360-degree outside views, huge LED screen/movable, to allow live entertainment). Both SPHERE Princess ships also have new for the fleet cabin types - Signature Collection Suites (exclusive access to Signature Restaurant-Lounge & Bar-Sundeck) and Reserve Collection Staterooms (exclusive restaurant).

Princess ships with MedallionNet WiFi Internet

In early-September 2018 was introduced (on Caribbean Princess) Carnival Corporation's OceanMedallion technology - wearable devices allowing passengers access to "virtual concierge" services and amenities, as well as interactive entertainment. The new technology also includes the MedallionNet - (SES Networks-powered) Wi-Fi connectivity via access points installed in all staterooms. Passengers on MedallionClass cruise liners experience land-like Internet connection quality allowing streaming of movies, music, videos, video phone calls, real-time sharing on social media platforms.

 

All MedallionClass ships (Princess' entire fleet) feature touchless embarkation/disembarkation (homeport), keyless cabin entry, frictionless commerce, contactless capabilities (way-finding, on-demand service delivery), shipboard family and friends locator, interactive entertainment (first-run movies, live TV, events, activities planner).

In 2018, MedallionNet was installed on the Princess liners Caribbean, Regal, Royal and Ruby. In 2019, MedallionNet received the liners Coral (Apr 5), Island (May 15), Crown (Jun 30), Emerald (Aug 3), Sky (Oct 12), Golden (Dec 20). In 2020 were upgraded the liners Grand (Feb 21), Diamond (Mar 15), Majestic (Apr 18), Star (Jun 12), Enchanted (Jun 15) and Sapphire (Jul 27).

In 2021 was introduced "Ocean Sportsbook" (a real-time sports betting option available fleetwide/on all boats) which allows betting on sports like football, basketball, baseball, hockey, cycling, car racing, boxing, martial arts and other competitions.

When the cruise ship is in international waters, passengers can use the MedallionClass app to wager on sports and place bets during live events that occur during the voyage and also place bets on future sports events - that occur after the voyage. With USD 20+ billion in wagers placed with USA's sportsbooks in 2019-2020, online sports betting is expanding and expected to reach USD 155+ billion by 2024.

Ocean Sportsbook is via partnership with Miomni Gaming Ltd (1998-founded software developer) and available on all vessels since 2021. Ocean Sportsbook is part Ocean Casino's digital platform that lets wagers be placed beyond the ship's Casino Lounge (indoor-outdoor venues, sundecks/pool decks, wellness complex, staterooms, etc) on games including slots, poker, blackjack, roulette, bingo, lottery, keno.

In June 2021 the cruise company introduced the industry's first CrewCall. The on-demand service is via the cabin's smart HDTV (and the MedallionClass app) and allows passengers to call a crew (to their current onboard location) for assistance or to request services. The app's "CrewCall Chat" allows texting (via smart devices) a specific question or making requests to the crew member.

Cruisetours / Shore Excursions

Since 2017, Princess Cruises offers "Shore Excursions Best Price Guarantee" for tours in all ports of call. The program was launched fleetwide in Dec 2016 and guarantees if passengers booking through Princess find the same tour/excursion elsewhere at a lower price, they will receive 110% of the difference as non-refundable OBC (onboard credit). In such cases, an email request must be submitted at least 7 days prior to departure (at shoreexcursions@princesscruises.com) to be reviewed by the company's Shore Excursion team. Within 2 business days, booked passengers are notified if their request meets the criteria.

  • "Best Price Guarantee" applies only to tours/shore excursions that are publicly available (priced online).
  • "Best Price Guarantee" applies to all excursions, excepting those in Asia and also excepting private vehicle/driver excursions in all ports.
  • Princess Shore Excursions program offers over 4,000 land tours/excursions in 360 destinations and over 150 itineraries.
  • "Discovery" and "Animal Planet" themed excursions are also available as part of the new "Discovery at Sea" cruise tour program (via an exclusive partnership with Discovery Communications). These tours are unique, can't be booked independently and are available only through Princess. The program includes over 1,000 such tours worldwide.

The company's most popular/purchased cruise package is "Princess Plus" (cost US$50 per person/per day). The package is inclusive of premium beverages, unlimited WiFi Internet (for 4x devices), selected specialty restaurant dining, digital photos (+ 3x printed/8x10 cm), Princess Prizes, daily crew gratuities.

In 2022 was introduced the "Princess Premier Package" (cost US$75 pp per day) that is inclusive of unlimited WiFi Internet (for 4x devices), premium/top-brand liquors-wines-cocktails-coffees, specialty dining (2x meals per person), digital photos (unlimited, plus 3x printed), crew gratuities.

Princess Alaskan lodges (cruisetour packages)

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is a 663-room complex located approx 2 km (1 ml) from Denali Park's entrance. The building has an expansive deck overlooking Nenana River and views into the nature park. Accommodations are available exclusively to Princess Cruises customers, offered as optional pre-/post- Alaskan cruise tour packages.

In 2019 (company's 50th year in Alaska), Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge debuted the 180-seat restaurant "Fannie Q's Saloon". The new dining venue serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering locally inspired, authentic dishes (Braised Pork Shoulder, Bison Sliders, Bear-Lard Pie). The modern saloon has indoor and outdoor seating, with live entertainment in the evenings. Outside Fannie Q's Saloon is the Fireside Patio with 3 new BBQ firepits and selling refreshment drinks. Grizzly Burger (formerly Grizzly Bar and Grill) now offers the company's signature "Ernesto" - exclusive ribeye burger created by Ernesto Uchimura (Japanese celebrity chef).

Like outdoor activities, Princess cruise tour passengers can meet mountain climbers (who have conquered Mt Denali) in the Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge (Denali State Park). Outside the lodge, there is a retired airplane.

  • Fishing and sledge dog puppies activities are both complimentary. Lodge's Denali show costs USD 20 per person.
  • Playing with sledge dog puppies on a cruise ship is probably the last thing one would ever imagine doing. However, it is one of the new activities available on all Princess Cruises Alaska itineraries. The company's "North to Alaska" enrichment program debuted in 2017 and gives passengers the chance to take photos and interact with baby sledge dogs in the ship's Atrium (lobby) area. Dog handlers are on hand to talk about this Alaskan sport.
  • The "Puppies in the Piazza" experience is available on all Princess Alaskan cruise ships and roundtrip itineraries. Also new is the chance to taste your own catch of the day for dinner. New fishing excursions allow passengers to select their preferred preparation by ship's culinary team.

During the company's 2018 Alaskan program was inaugurated the custom-designed wilderness treehouse built at Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. The treehouse allows guests to view Mt Denali while enjoying themed activities.

 

The treehouse was built during Discovery Channel's Animal Planet episode "Treehouse Masters", which premiered in August 2017. It was the first-ever treehouse in Alaska, being designed and built by Pete Nelson. Powered by solar panels, the facility provides Princess cruise ship tourists with a unique "Alaskan land tour" experience. Sized approx 500 ft2 (46 m2), the treehouse can be accessed by hiking the "hill trail loop".

(NEW) Princess cruise gratuities

Since May 21, 2019, the company's daily gratuities (per person/pp) were raised fleetwide as follows:

  • USD 14,50 (from $13,50 pp) - interior, oceanview, balcony staterooms, both adults and kids
  • USD 15,50 (from $14,50 pp) - mini-suites, Club Class staterooms
  • USD 16,50 (from $15,50 pp) - suites

Since January 2023, non-suite passengers pay USD 16 pp per day, while suite passengers pay USD 17-18 (depending on stateroom category).

On ships deployed in Australia and New Zealand, gratuities are not compulsory.

Daily gratuity is an automatic service charge added to the passenger's onboard account each day.

Passengers can prepay gratuities. The amount of gratuities is split between the ship's staff (dining, housekeeping, cabin stewards).

Princess Cruises bear mascot Stanley

Since summer 2017, Princess Cruises ships feature a most special onboard attraction - the company's mascot bear Stanley.

Princess Cruises mascot Stanley Bear

The sensationally cute bear mascot was named in a Facebook contest with over 9,000 entries, Mascot's name honors Stanley McDonald (1920-2014). In 1965 he founded Princess Cruises and expanded it into one of the world's largest cruise ship companies. In 1975, he sold Princess to P&O Cruises (back then named "Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company") and remained its Chairman until 1980.

As the bear fell in love with ship cruising, he decided to skip winter hibernation and became a stowaway. So since 2017 Stanley travels around the world on all Princess ships. Stanley also made "surprise" appearances on the company's "Chinese ship" Majestic Princess in July 2017 during the inaugural festivities in Shanghai China. From China, Stanley the Bear embarked on all Princess itineraries.

During the day, Princess' "cruise ship bear" wears themed apparel, which is tied to the ship's current itinerary destination. On Alaskan cruises that would be his lumberjack outfit. In China, he wears a traditional Tang suit and cap. In Japan, he wears a Yukata outfit. On formal nights, the bear dresses up in the Captain's uniform. The Stanley bear appears on all Princess ships. He interacts with passengers through various entertainment activities with engaging photo opportunities. Stanley also holds storytime hours for kids at the ship's youth facilities.

On the ship, passengers can participate in the daily contest "Where on the ship is Stanley". The mascot is also present on the special Welcome Aboard shows throughout the voyage. Souvenir Stanley bears plush toys are available for purchase in the onboard shopping arcade "Shops of Princess". The toy's price is USD 25. A portion of the proceeds from the toy's sales goes to "Princess Animal Welfare Sponsor".

Princess cruise ship passengers can share their travel adventures with Stanley using the social hashtag #StanleyAtSea.

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021-2022

Due to the COVID pandemic, Princess suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 12, 2020, through July 2021.

Next are listed Princess Cruises' first departures by ship/homeport - CARIBBEAN (Nov 28, 2021/Fort Lauderdale), CORAL (June 16, 2022/Sydney Australia), CROWN (May 7, 2022/Alaska from Seattle), DIAMOND (September 1, 2022/West Coast USA and Mexico from San Diego), DISCOVERY (March 27, 2022/Maiden Voyage/Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles), EMERALD (Oct 15, 2021/Panama Canal from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale), ENCHANTED (Nov 10, 2021/Maiden Voyage/Fort Lauderdale), GRAND (Sept 25, 2021/Los Angeles), ISLAND (April 27, 2022/Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles), MAJESTIC (July 25, 2021/Alaska from Seattle), REGAL (July 31, 2021/Southampton UK cruises to nowhere), ROYAL (May 2, 2022/Alaska from Vancouver), RUBY (Oct 31, 2021/San Francisco), SAPPHIRE (Sept 24, 2022/Hawaii and Mexico from Los Angeles), SKY (Aug 30, 2021/Southampton UK cruises to nowhere).

  • DIAMOND's Asia 2021 program (roundtrips from Yokohama to Korea and Japan) and South America 2022 program (from Buenos Aires Argentina and San Antonio Chile) were canceled.
  • MAJESTIC's Alaska 2021 program (from Seattle) was first canceled then scheduled again (July 25 thru Sept 26).
  • SAPPHIRE's Australia 2021 program was canceled and replaced with LA roundtrips to Hawaii-Mexico-California Coast.
  • CROWN's Panama Canal 2021-2022 winter season (from Fort Lauderdale) was canceled.
  • ISLAND's "World Cruise 2022" (112-day roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale) was canceled.
  • CORAL's "World Cruise 2022" (108-day roundtrip from Australia/Sydney-Brisbane) was canceled.
  • The 2021-built ENCHANTED's entire inaugural Mediterranean 2021 season (July 3 thru Nov 15/departures from Barcelona and Rome, including the Transatlantic crossing Europe-USA) was canceled.
  • DISCOVERY's maiden voyage (Nov 3, 2021/Mediterranean from Rome) was rescheduled for March 27, 2022 (Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles).
  • Due to Canada's ban, Princess Alaska 2021 program was entirely canceled, affecting the schedules of 6 ships (Grand, Majestic, Royal, Crown, Coral, Emerald).
  • The Princess-operated Alaskan wilderness lodges and transportation (trains and buses) remained closed in 2020 and 2021. Because of Canada's extended travel restrictions, Princess canceled all Alaskan, West Coast USA and Hawaii departures from Vancouver and Seattle.
  • Due to port closures and international travel uncertainties, Princess's Australia-New Zealand program was canceled through January 27, 2022. Also were canceled "World Cruise 2021" (Island Princess) and "Circle South America Cruise 2021" (Pacific Princess). Travel agents' commissions on all canceled bookings were paid in full.
  • Princess UK 2021 summer program (Southampton roundtrips planned for 3 ships /Island, Regal, Sky) was canceled through July.

In late-January 2021, Pacific Princess was sold to Sycamore Partners and left the fleet to join Azamara.

All affected bookings were automatically canceled and received 125% refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) with rebooking, including full (100%) refund on prepurchased through Princess Cruises packages and services. With rebooking, all the money is transferred to FCCs, any itinerary choice (through December 31, 2022). The rebooking bonus is an additional 25% FCC (applied to the fare automatically) that can be used on any itinerary booked by May 1, 2022. A full (100%) monetary refund was offered to all cancellations made by March 31, 2021. All bookings can be canceled up to 48 hours prior departure (previously 72 hours). You will continue to receive FCC for the amount of your cancellation fee.

The FCC is non-refundable, eligible for the revised cancellation terms and can't be used on the same sailing as the original booking. FCCs are automatically be applied to your Captain's Circle profile on the canceled bookings. FCCs are not available instantly (may take up to 30 business days to be processed).

The fleetwide suspension came after two vessels suffered COVID-19 outbreaks - Diamond Princess (in Japan) and Grand Princess (in the USA). All shipboard employees (fleetwide) remained on the vessels. Each ship was planned to visit Princess Cays (Carnival-owned private island resort) once weekly where its crew can disembark and use the facilities.

Itinerary of Princess Cruises

Princess offers cruise travelers the complete package of comfortable accommodations, comprehensive onboard entertainment, options for families with children and, of course, incredible shore excursions. As it was founded in 1965, the Princess Cruises company has been able to refine their itinerary selection, and now you can sail to destinations all over the world with a vast array of diverse itineraries.

The impressive selection presents 160+ itineraries that reach 300+ ports globally, with sailings ranging from 7 to 100+ days on Princess World tours. The list of Princess cruise destinations includes Alaska, Europe-UK, the Caribbean, Bermuda, regular Panama Canal transition cruises (introduced in 1967), Mexican Riviera, South America and Pacific Islands (Hawaii and Tahiti), Asia, Australia-New Zealand, Canada-New England.

A 14-day "Canada and New England" cruisetour (roundtrip from NYC New York) includes a 7-day Land Tour followed by a 7-day cruising itinerary. The Land Tour starts in Washington DC (hotel overnight), follows bus travel to Mount Vernon Plantation (George Washington), Virginia's Historic Triangle (Jamestown Settlement and Williamsburg, hotel overnight in Williamsburg VA), Richmond VA (state's capital), Monticello Plantation (Thomas Jefferson), Staunton VA (hotel overnight), Gettysburg PA (hotel overnight), Philadelphia PA (hotel overnight) and ends in NYC (ship embarkation on Day 8). The segment (7-day NYC roundtrip) visits Newport RI, Boston MA, Bar Harbor ME and in Canada - Saint John NB and Halifax NS.

The company's 2024 program in North America features a maiden port - Yorktown (Virginia USA), visited in the summer of 2024 by two liners - Island Princess and Emerald Princess. Along with Yorktown, tourists also visit Williamsburg and Jamestown - all grouped in the state's Historic Triangle. These voyages offer the unique opportunity for travelers to participate in Virginia's 250th anniversary commemorating the American Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence.

Alaska 2024-2025 ships (deployment/itinerary changes)

Princess Alaska 2024 season is based on 7 ships (Royal, Grand, Sapphire, Discovery, Majestic, Crown, Ruby), 158 departures (14 itineraries), 17 ports/destinations (including 5 glacier viewing experiences), 4 homeports (Vancouver, Anchorage/Whittier AK, Seattle WA, San Francisco CA), 86 Glacier Bay NP visits.

  • 3 ships (Royal and Grand departing Wednesdays, Sapphire departing Saturdays) sail the 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" featuring 2 glacier-viewing experiences on each trip. In addition, northbound sailings include a "More Ashore" late-night stay in Juneau.
  • 2 ships (Discovery and Majestic) sail from Seattle WA on Saturdays and Sundays the 7-day "Inside Passage" itinerary and offer "More Ashore" late-night stays in Juneau.
  • Crown Princess (from San Francisco) operates the 11-day "Inside Passage" voyages.
  • Ruby Princess (out of Vancouver) operates the 7-day "Inside Passage" voyages visiting Glacier Bay NP.

In honor of the company's 55th anniversary, in 2024 Princess introduces two new cruisetours - "The National Parks Tour" (15-day, 5x national parks, combines a 7-day cruise with scenic rail travel and stays at four Princess-owned wilderness lodges) and "The Katmai National Park Tour" (9-day, bear-watching experience at Katmai NP's Brooks Falls, includes the 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" itinerary).

Princess Alaska 2025 season has 3 roundtrip itineraries and the new "National Parks Cruisetour". Also New for 2025 are two roundtrips - the 22-day from San Francisco CA (Ruby Princess, coinciding with Summer Solstice 2025) and the 17-day from Seattle WA (Grand Princess, with 3 days of scenic glacier cruising). Also new is the 16-day roundtrip "Inside Passage Cruise" from Los Angeles CA (Grand Princess).

The 2024-introduced National Parks Cruisetour offers a 15-night vacation visiting five Alaskan national parks and nature reserves - Glacier Bay NP, Denali NP, Wrangell-St. Elias NP, Kenai Fjords NP, and Klondike Gold Rush NP. The unique travel experience combines a 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" cruise with scenic rail travel, and multiple days on land, including stays at 4x Princess-owned wilderness lodges.

The 2024-introduced "Katmai National Park Cruisetour" (9-day) groups an overnight in Anchorage (2-night hotel stay) with the 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" itinerary visiting Glacier Bay NP and College Fjord or Hubbard Glacier. Priced from US$2430 per person, the new Alaskan cruisetour also includes domestic flights (to and from Katmai NP) and all land transfers.

Princess Alaska 2025 program is based on 7 ships (including Caribbean Princess (for the first time), 5 homeports (including Los Angeles), 21 destinations, 4 glacier-viewing experiences (88 Glacier Bay NP visits), itineraries ranging from 4 to 22 days:

The 22-day "Ultimate Alaska Solstice with Glacier Bay National Park" roundtrip from San Francisco (Ruby Princess) departs June 6th, 2025.

The 17-day "Ultimate Alaska with Glacier Bay National Park" roundtrip from Seattle (Grand Princess) departs May 6th, 2025.

The 16-day "Inside Passage with Glacier Bay National Park" roundtrip from Los Angeles (Grand Princess) departs August 30th, 2025.

The 7-day "Voyage of the Glaciers" itinerary visits Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and two glacier-viewing destinations (Glacier Bay NP and Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord). Princess ships Caribbean, Coral, and Sapphire offer weekly northbound and southbound departures from Vancouver Canda to Anchorage/Whittier USA and vice versa. The itinerary is operated between May 10th and September 13th, 2025.

The signature 7-day "Inside Passage Cruise " (roundtrips from Seattle and Vancouver) and the 11-day itinerary (roundtrip from San Francisco and Vancouver) include 4 call ports and a day of glacier viewing. All Inside Passage cruises visit Glacier Bay NP.

The ships Discovery and Royal sail from Seattle weekly (May 4-Sept 21, 2025), Grand Princess departs weekly from Vancouver (May 27-Aug 19, 2025), Ruby Princess sails 11-day roundtrips from San Francisco (May 4-Sept 13, 2025).

Three "Alaska Samplers" itineraries (4 to 5 days) offer short breaks to Alaska with the ships Discovery, Royal and Grand. They offer 4-day sailings between Vancouver and Seattle stopping in Ketchikan (departures April 30th, May 13th, May 23rd, 2025). Caribbean Princess sails 4-day roundtrip from Vancouver visiting Ketchikan (Sept 13th) and a 5-day roundtrip from Vancouver stopping in Sitka and Ketchikan (May 5th).

The Alaskan 2025 schedule has 26 cruisetours, including Denali Explorer, On Your Own, Connoisseur Deluxe Escorted, and Off the Beaten Path. The Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service ensures a seamless transition between the ship in Whittier and the Denali area on the same day. Two Alaskan lodges (Mt McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, and Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge) provide unique perspectives for experiencing North America's tallest mountain.

Europe 2024 itineraries (Mediterranean-Baltic-Iceland-Greenland-UK-USA-Transatlantic)

Princess Cruises Europe 2024 season (February to December) is based on 5 ships (Sun, Sky, Island, Regal, Caribbean), a total of 162 departures, and 85 different itineraries visiting 130 destinations in 34 countries.

  • Sun Princess operates the 10-day "Grand Mediterranean" and Western Grand Mediterranean voyages (departing from homeports Barcelona or Civitavecchia-Rome) and 7-day "Mediterranean" voyages (departing from Civitavecchia, Barcelona or Piraeus-Athens).
  • Island Princess offers 10-day Mediterranean voyages combinable into 20-day B2Bs/back-to-backs, including 10-day Holy Land voyages to the Eastern Mediterranean visiting Israel.
  • Regal Princess operates 12-day "British Isles" voyages out of Southampton-London. The Sky Princess ship is also homeported in Southampton-London, for various 5- to 31-day itineraries visiting Iceland and Norway, Spain's Canary Islands. A 31-day Transatlantic crossing visits Canada and New England USA.
  • Caribbean Princess is deployed in Northern Europe and homeported in London. The ex-UK itineraries include Norway's Arctic Circle (Search for Northern Lights Voyage), as well as a 16-day Iceland and Greenland. Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess will also spend the Summer Solstice at the top of the world on 14- or 16-day "Land of the Midnight Sun" and "Summer Solstice" itineraries.

Princess Cruises' all 5 European liners in spring and fall offer Transatlantic voyages (RepositionCruises.com) between Europe and the USA - Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Galveston (Texas), or NYC (New York) and Barcelona, London, or Civitavechia-Rome.

A total of four cruisetours (cruise+land packages) offer more "shore time" for visiting popular tourist sites with expert guides, hotel stays, and traditional regional cuisine. These are titled "Highlights of Spain", "Classic Italy", "Ring of Kerry", and "Best of Greece".

Itineraries 2024-2025 Mexico, California Coast, Hawaii, Tahiti

Los Angeles’ hometown cruise line Princess is further cementing its West Coast USA heritage with the newly released fall 2024 thru spring 2025 season.

Featuring 75+ voyages visiting Hawaii, Mexico, and the California Coast from 3 convenient homeports - San Francisco CA, Seattle WA, and Los Angeles - West Coast USA voyages are now open for booking.

West Coast USA 2024-2025 season features 75+ voyages (21 different itineraries) visiting 28 destinations (7 countries), 4 ships (Discovery, Grand, Majestic, Ruby) and roundtrip departures from 3 homeports (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle).

Discovery Princess sails 7-day Mexican Riviera voyages visiting Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas.

Weeklong California Coast cruises (Discovery Princess) visit San Diego, Santa Barbara, and more.

Grand Princess and Majestic Princess operate 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez itineraries.

Grand Princess' 16-day roundtrips from LA to the Hawaiian Islands visit the Big Island/Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu.

Grand Princess and Sapphire Princess have longer (32- and 33-day) Transpacific itineraries to the South Pacific and the Hawaiian Islands (RepositionCruises.com), also visiting Tahiti isles.

The San Francisco-homeported Ruby Princess offers roundtrips to Hawaii, Mexico, California and Pacific Northwest USA. The liner also offers a 16-day "Hawaiian Islands" roundtrip from Vancouver BC Canada.

Majestic Princess operates the Classic California Coast itinerary out of Seattle. The 11-day roundtrip visits San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego (late-night stay).

Itineraries Americas, Australia and New Zealand 2023-2024-2025-2026

In November 2021 was announced Princess' 2023-2024 Australia and New Zealand program including 117 ports/destinations in 43 countries (also on ship relocation and world voyages).

Winter 2023-2024 season is based on 4x ships (Majestic, Royal, Grand, Coral) and 6x homeports (Sydney NSW, Brisbane QLD, Melbourne, Fremantle-Perth, Adelaide, Auckland NZ).

Coral Princess' "World Cruise 2024" (110-day itinerary) visits 32 countries and departs from Sydney (April 30) and from Brisbane (May 2).

Princess' 2023-2024 Americas program groups a total of 47 different itineraries and 214 departures from 7 North American homeports.

  • Discovery Princess has scheduled two 15-night Hawaiian voyages with overnights in Honolulu (Oahu Island).
  • Sapphire Princess offers 32-night South Pacific Islands & Hawaii itineraries on two voyages from Los Angeles (Long Beach), including a first-time visit to Fiji and late-night stays in Tahiti and Honolulu.
  • 7 liners (Caribbean, Emerald, Enchanted, Island, Regal, Ruby, Sky) offer 126 Caribbean sailings (18 itineraries) ranging between 5-21 nights, and leaving roundtrip from the USA (Fort Lauderdale Florida, and Galveston Texas) and visiting 25 Caribbean islands.
  • Three boats (Crown, Diamond, Discovery) operate Mexican voyages (24 departures, 5 itineraries), while three other (Emerald, Island, Ruby) have scheduled Panama Canal transits (23 departures, 6 itineraries) ranging 10-15 nights.

In 2023-2024, Princess has scheduled 25 departures on the USA West Coast/California (13 itineraries) visiting 11 destinations in 3 countries (UAS, Canada, Mexico). Select voyages are with late-night port stays in San Diego CA, San Francisco CA, Seattle WA, and BC Canada's Vancouver and Victoria.

The company's 2024-2025 Australia and New Zealand schedule lists the longest world voyage ever to sail from Australia. The program is based on 3 liners: Royal and Crown (both homeported in Sydney NSW) and Diamond (alternating between Brisbane-Melbourne).

Crown Princess ship's "World Cruise 2025" is the largest ever offered from Australia. The voyage visits 25+ UNESCO sites and features 8 late-night port stays. The ex-Australia itinerary continues to Southeast Asia, then via Suez Canal to Europe (Mediterranean and Northern Europe), follows a Panama Canal transit, then via the South Pacific back to Australia. The voyage also includes 9 maiden for Princess ports.

The AU-NZ program is based on 7 homeport cities, including Hobart (Tasmania) which is a departure port for Princess for the first time. Other departure ports are Adelaide, Auckland NZ, Fremantle/Perth.

The 3-ship Princess AU-NZ program offers visiting 14 countries across 112 departures and 72 itineraries.

The schedule also lists two relocation voyages between Australia-Japan/Tokyo (RepositionCruises.com) with stops in Hong Kong China, Tawain, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.

Out of Sydney NSW are offered 13- to 15-night long roundtrips to the South Pacific islands.

Princess Cruises' Australia 2025-2026 summer season isbased no three ships - Crown Princess (based in Sydney), Grand Princess (based in Brisbane) and Discovery Princess (homeported in Sydney NSW, starting October 2025).

Itineraries South America & Antarctica 2024-2025

In August 2023, Princess Cruises revealed an array of captivating voyages for the upcoming 2024-2025 season, capturing the growing fascination among travelers with Antarctica. During this season, the Sapphire Princess embark—Ź on 4 remarkable journeys to the Seventh Continent, showcasing its breathtaking allure and the enchantment of the Falkland Islands' penguins, along with spectacular vistas of Elephant Island, Antarctic Sound, and Gerlache Strait.

In addition to her Antarctic adventures, Sapphire Princess also traverses through South American destinations, accompanied by the Majestic Princess. This harmonious blend of diverse cultures and landscapes is enhanced by exciting cruisetours, promising an enriching journey of exploration.

The 2024-2025 season boasts an impressive lineup of 15 departures across 11 distinct itineraries, incorporating two ships, 26 destinations, and 14 countries. Noteworthy among the offerings is the introduction of a 17-day roundtrip Antarctica voyage from Buenos Aires, treating travelers to an immersive experience with an overnight stay in the vibrant port city.

For those seeking the ultimate expedition, the 51-day South America Grand Adventure on Majestic Princess awaits, spanning from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. This remarkable voyage includes captivating overnight stays in Lima, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro.

Highlights of the 2024-2025 season include:

  • Antarctica – 17 days – Four Voyages, Roundtrip from Buenos Aires: Explore the Antarctica region with four days of cruising, showcasing Elephant Island, Antarctic Sound, and Gerlache Strait. Departures in December 2024 and January 2025.
  • Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan – 14 or 15 days – Four Voyages: Sail through the iconic Cape Horn and Strait of Magellan, offering diverse experiences. Departures in December 2024 and February 2025.
  • Andes & South America – 18 days – Two Voyages: Discover the Andes and South America's beauty, featuring visits to Puerto Vallarta, Lima, and other captivating destinations. Departures in December 2024 and March 2025.
  • Brazilian Adventure – 18 days – Two Voyages: Experience the allure of Brazil, with departures in November 2024 and January 2025.
  • Grand Adventures – 32-51 days – Five Voyages: Embark on an extended exploration combining various itineraries and destinations, catering to diverse interests. Departures in December 2024 and March 2025.

Passengers also have the option to enhance their voyage with two cruisetours:

  • Iguazu Falls Adventure: Immerse in the grandeur of the world's largest waterfall system, Iguazú Falls, and explore the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Machu Picchu Explorer: Embark on a train journey through picturesque valleys to the ancient marvel of Machu Picchu, coupled with a tour of historic Cusco.

Itineraries 2025-2026 Caribbean

In 2025, in the Caribbean will be deployed the fleet's latest and largest ships of the SPHERE class - Sun Princess and Star Princess. Homeported in Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale Florida, both liners offer 7-day roundtrips to Eastern and Western Caribbean destinations.

Both sisterships start service in Europe/Mediterranean - Sun Princess in February (2025), followed by Star Princess in August (2025).

Princess Cruises' 2025-2026 itinerary program encompasses 278 voyages across the USA, Caribbean, Mexico, and Pacific Islands.

The program features a Mexican Riviera cruise (Royal Princess) celebrating the company's 60th anniversary (brand's inaugural cruise started in December 1965 on SS Princess Patricia ship).

Sky Princess will be the first ROYAL-class liner homeported in Port Canaveral/Orlando Florida, offering 8-day Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings, as well as 6-day roundtrips to the Eastern Caribbean.

The Caribbean deployment (also including the ships CaribbeanEmeraldEnchantedIsland Majestic Regal, and Sapphire) encompasses 29 ports/destinations in 22 countries, and 178 departures with 25 different itineraries (ranging from 4 to 20 days).

Itineraries 2025 Japan

Princess Cruises' 2025 Japan season (March through August) groups 35 voyages (durations between 7- and 22 days) scheduled for the ship Diamond Princess homeported in Tokyo (Yokohama).

The program offers visits to 36 different destinations (across three countries) with key highlights:

  • Spring Flowers Voyages: These 10-day and newly introduced 11-day cruises in March and April cover all four main islands of Japan, following the predicted blooming season from south to north.
  • Southern Islands Itineraries: Featuring 9 days of exploration with two stops in the Okinawan islands and two calls to Taiwan, including a return to Hualien.
  • Sea of Japan Voyages: These 9-day and 10-day voyages trace the historic Kitamaebune trading route, showcasing various ports along the way.
  • Hokkaido Voyages: The 10-day cruises include visits to Otaru (for Sapporo)Hakodate, and Kushiro.
  • Japan Explorer Voyages: Covering iconic destinations such as Shimizu (for Mt. Fuji), Osaka or Kobe (for Kyoto), Hiroshima, and more in a 10-day itinerary.
  • Scenic Cruising: Passengers have the opportunity to experience the picturesque Kanmon Straits, the waterway separating Honshu and Kyushu.

Additionally, Princess' Japan 2025 season coincides with several traditional summer festivals, including the Aomori Nebuta Festival, Kochi Yosakoi Dance Festival, Tokushima Awa Dance Festival, and Kumano Fireworks Festival in August. Guests can revel in the unique festivities during their voyage.

To enhance the shore experience, Princess is offering late-night and overnight port stays allowing tourists to immerse themselves in the local culture and lifestyle. The lists includes four late-night "More Ashore" ports - Aomori (for Nebuta Festival), Kochi (for Yosakoi Festival), Shimizu (for Mt Fuji) and Tokushima (for Awa Odori Festival).

For travelers seeking a more comprehensive exploration of Japan, Princess Cruises offers the Japan Cruisetour option. This includes a combination of a cruise and a land tour, allowing guests to delve deeper into the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Tokyo. Highlights of the tour include visits to Kyoto's intricate gardens, Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, bustling Tokyo, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mt. Fuji, with breathtaking views from Togendai and Lake Ashi.

Fleet deployment/concise review

Ship NameHomeportsItineraries Changes

Caribbean Princess

Fort Lauderdale Florida

New York Cape Liberty NYC

Quebec City Canada

(2023) Canada-New England

  • 10-day Classic Canada & New England (Aug 30; Sept 19; Oct 9, 2023) from New York City to Quebec, visiting Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown.
  • 10-day Classic Canada & New England (Aug 4; Sept 9 and 29, 2023) from Quebec to New York City, visiting Saguenay, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston.
  • 13-day Canada & Colonial America (Jul 22, 2023) from Fort Lauderdale to Quebec, visiting Norfolk, New York, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, Halifax, Sydney.
  • 12-day Canada & Colonial America (Oct 19, 2023) from Quebec to Fort Lauderdale, visiting Halifax, Portland, Boston, Newport, New York City.
  • 16-day Greenland & Canada (Aug 14, 2023) roundtrip from New York, visiting Halifax, Sydney, Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Nanortalik, Saint John.

Starting November 27th, 2024, the ship offers 4- to 14-day voyages out of Port Canaveral

Coral Princess

Brisbane QLD

Sydney NSW

Auckland NZ

Coral Princess has scheduled a World Cruise 2023 (108-day roundtrip from Auckland New Zealand, and Brisbane Australia) and a World Cruise 2024 (111-day, roundtrip from Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland). Available for booking are various shorter itinerary segments on both world voyages.

Crown Princess

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Los Angeles (Long Beach CA)

Seattle WA

(2023) Mexico, California Coast, Hawaii & Tahiti. The popular 28-day Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa cruise roundtrip from LA on Crown Princess with an overnight in Bora Bora and late-night calls in Papeete, Moorea, and Honolulu.

(2025-2026) deployed in Sydney, offering various itineraries, including round Australia voyages and a Tahiti and Hawaii cruise

(2026) 114-night world voyage, visiting 31 countries across 6 continents

Diamond Princess

Yokohama Japan

Singapore

San Diego CA

(2023 Japan) the ship operates a 10th year/season leaving from Yokohama-Tokyo and Kobe-Osaka. Princess Cruises Japan 2023 program includes 57 departures (43 itineraries/5- to 19-days in length) visiting 38 ports/destinations in 4 countries.

Discovery Princess

Los Angeles CA

Sydney NSW

(2022-2023) Mexico - 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez, California Coast roundtrip from LA.

(2024-2025) 7-day Mexican Riviera voyages with stops in Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas; weeklong California Coast cruises, visiting San Diego, Santa Barbara, and more.

(2025-2026) Australia and NZ out of Sydney NSW

Emerald Princess

Buenos Aires Argentina

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Los Angeles CA

Seattle WA

Vancouver BC

Civitavecchia-Rome Italy

Barcelona Spain

Piraeus-Athens Greece

(March-December 2023) 12-day British Isles cruises with options including Portland (for Stonehenge), Liverpool, or to Scotland's Orkney Islands, all departing roundtrip from London (Southampton England). Edinburgh Military Tattoo from Glasgow (Greenock) on the July 31 & August 12, 2023, departures.

Enchanted Princess

Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

The new ship entered service in 2021 with an inaugural season in the Caribbean (homeported in Fort Lauderdale) with alternating 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages (through April 10, 2021). All 7-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries depart on either Saturdays or Sundays and visit Saint Thomas, Saint Maarten and Princess Cays. All 7-day Western Caribbean itineraries leave on either Saturdays or Sundays and visit Cozumel and Grand Cayman, with options including Costa Maya, Roatan Island or Belize City or Princess Cays and Jamaica.

(March-December 2023) first Mediterranean season on a series of 7-day cruises departing from either Rome (Civitavecchia), Barcelona, or Athens (Piraeus), which can be combined for a 21-day exploration.

Grand Princess

Los Angeles/Long Beach California

Vancouver BC Canada

Melbourne

(2024-2025) 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez itineraries; 16-day cruises to the Hawaiian Islands, visiting the Big Island, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu; 32- and 33-day journeys to the South Pacific and the Hawaiian Islands, featuring Tahiti isles.

(2025-2026) based in Brisbane, operating 14 roundtrip cruises to Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand

Island Princess

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Los Angeles CA

Southampton UK

(March-December 2023) sailing throughout Europe, including to the Mediterranean and Israel on 14-day voyages from Rome and above the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights out of Southampton.

Majestic Princess

Auckland NZ

Sydney NSW

Vancouver BC

(2024-2025) 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez itineraries; cruises from Seattle WA - an 11-day roundtrip voyage on a Classic California Coast itinerary with calls in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, LA, and a late-night stay in San Diego CA; 51-day South America Grand Adventure from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale (overnight stays in Lima, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro).

Regal Princess

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Florida

Copenhagen Denmark

Southampton England

Le Havre France

New York Cape Liberty NYC

Sydney (NSW Australia)

(March-December 2023) Europe-Baltic 11-day Scandinavia and Russia voyages roundtrip from Copenhagen Denmark, featuring an overnight in St Petersburg Russia on every trip.

Royal Princess

Sydney NSW

Auckland NZ

Vancouver BC Canada

Whittier AK

Seattle WA

(2024) 7-day Alaska from Vancouver and Whittier

(2024-2025) Australia and New Zealand from Sydney NSW and Auckland NZ

2025) Alska from Seattle WA

Ruby Princess

Los Angeles CA

San Francisco CA

Seattle WA

Galveston TX

(2024-2025) roundtrips to Hawaii, Mexico, California and Pacific Northwest Coasts out of San Francisco CA; 16-day Hawaiian Islands roundtrip from Vancouver BC.

Sapphire Princess

Singapore

Southampton UK

(2022-2023 South America and Antarctica) 19 destinations, 10 countries, 6 itineraries

  • 14-day "Cape Horn and Strait of Magellan" (Feb 5 and Mar 5, 2023; reverse itinerary on Feb 19, 2023). Ports of call include Buenos Aires (overnight), Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Falkland Islands, Cape Horn, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Amalia Glacier, Puerto Montt, Santiago
  • (2022-2023) Mexico, Hawaii & Tahiti.
  • (2024-2025) 32- and 33-day journeys to the South Pacific and the Hawaiian Islands, featuring Tahiti isles; Antarctica (Falkland Islands, Elephant Island, Antarctic Sound, Gerlache Strait); South America

Sky Princess

Fort Lauderdale Florida

Southampton UK

(March-December 2023) Sky Princess comes back for her 2nd season sailing roundtrip from London (Southampton) on voyages from 7- to 14-days featuring the Canary Islands, Iceland and Norway, and a 24-day journey to Canada & New England.

(2025-2026) 8-day eastern and western Caribbean sailings, as well as 6-day sailings to the eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral in central Florida.

Sun Princess

Fort Lauderdale

The new Sun Princess starts with an inaugural Mediterranean season (February 2024 thru spring and summer) ending with a 16-day Transatlantic crossing from Europe to the USA (Southampton to Fort Lauderdale) for a Caribbean deployment based on 7-day Western and Eastern itineraries.

(March-September 2024) inaugural season

  • (March 9) 10-day Grand Mediterranean (maiden voyage) between Barcelona and Civitavecchia-Rome departing March 9, visiting Palma de Mallorca, Messina Sicily, Piraeus-Athens, Kusadasi-Ephesus, Santorini Island, Naples.
  • 7-day "Mediterranean with Greek Isles & Turkey" between Rome and Athens
  • 7-day "Mediterranean with Greece & Italy" between Athens and Barcelona
  • 7-day "Mediterranean with France & Italy" between Barcelona and Rome
  • 9- to 23-day "European Explorer" itineraries between the Mediterranean and Southampton (England UK)
  • 9-day "Grand Mediterranean" roundtrips from Civitavecchia-Rome
  • 10-day "Grand Mediterranean" roundtrips from Rome or between Barcelona and Rome
  • 10-day "Grand Western Mediterranean" roundtrips from Rome

(Caribbean 2024-2025) out of Fort Lauderdale are operated the following roundtrip itineraries:

  • 5-day "Caribbean Getaway" (Amber Cove Dominicana, Grand Turk)
  • 7-day "Eastern Caribbean with St Thomas USVI"
  • 7-day "Eastern Caribbean" (Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Princess Cays)
  • 7-day "Western Caribbean" (Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan Island Honduras)

The Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries are combinable into 14-day B2Bs/back-to-backs (Caribbean Adventurer). All Eastern Caribbean voyages visit Princess Cays.

(2025-2026) 7-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale FL

Star Princess

new ship

The new Star Princess debuts in August 2025.

The maiden voyage (August 4, 2025) is a 9-day roundtrip from Civitavecchia-Rome visiting ports in Greece (Corfu), Montenegro (Kotor), Greek Islands (Mykonos, Santorini) and Italy (Naples).

The summer 2025 program includes 9-10-day voyages leaving out of Italy (Civitavecchia-Rome, Trieste-Venice) and Greece (Piraeus-Athens).

(2025-2026) 7-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale FL

IMPORTANT: In November 2021, the old Star Princess joined P&O Australia and after scheduled drydock was renamed "Pacific Encounter".

Golden Princess (Pacific Adventure)

transferred to P&O Australia in 2020 (left the fleet)

IMPORTANT: In October 2020, Golden Princess joined P&O Australia and after scheduled drydock will be renamed "Pacific Adventure".

Pacific Princess (Azamara Onward)

sold in 2021, left the fleet

IMPORTANT: On January 21, 2021, Princess announced the sale of the vessel to Sycamore Partners (owner of Azamara). A total of 33 itineraries were canceled (departures June 28, 2021, through and including March 28, 2022) in the regions of the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific (homeporting in Tahiti French Polynesia), Transpacific repositioning from Australia to Asia.

Princess Cruises Panama Canal itineraries

Princess was the first line to cruise through Panama Canal locks - back in 1967. Caribbean Princess was the first big-sized liner to pass through the new Agua Clara locks in 2017. Regular crossings are scheduled for the liner Emerald Princess (maiden season in 2019) which passes through the Agua Clara Locks (canal's Atlantic side) and the Cocoli Locks (canal's Pacific side). The new locks were opened in June 2016, as part of a 10-year, USD 5,4 billion "Neo-Panamax" canal expansion.

Princess Panama Canal program is based on 5 ships, with 10- to 21-day itineraries also visiting ports in Mexico, Caribbean, Central-South America. Each Princess cruise ship transit of the Panama Canal features live narration (from the Navigation Bridge) and a day of scenic sailing through Gatun Lake. Full transits additionally feature coastal cruising (wildlife and rainforests) along Panama and Costa Rica, as well as top-rated Caribbean beaches.

Australia and New Zealand itineraries

Princess' 2022-2023 Australia and New Zealand season is based on 4 ships - Majestic Princess and Royal Princess (from Sydney NSW), Grand Princess from Melbourne, Coral Princess from Brisbane.

The program features 121 departures, 68 different ports/islands in 14 countries, 76 itineraries (ranging 2- to 36 days).

  • homeports Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle-Perth, Sydney.
  • 10- to 19-day NZ itineraries roundtrip from Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney.
  • Circumnavigation of Australia (roundtrips) visiting Cairns (Great Barrier Reef) and Kuri Bay (Kimberley).
  • 5- to 10-day Tasmania (roundtrip from Brisbane or Sydney)
  • 7- to 14-day Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef (roundtrips from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney)
  • 4 Transpacific Crossings (RepositionCruises.com) between North America and Australia in fall 2022-spring 2023 on Grand Princess and Majestic Princess
  • 35-day "Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific" roundtrips from Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney
  • (Royal Princess) 12- to 20-day "Asia and Australia" voyages (August 2022/from Hong Kong to Sydney) and 16-to 18-day from Sydney to Hong Kong (March 2023).

Princess AU & NZ 2022-2023 program offers 8 ports/islands with late-night departures, 10 UNESCO sites (including Tasmanian Wilderness, Greater Blue Mountains, Te Wahipounamu), 2 optional cruisetours (Australian Outback, Ultimate Australia) visiting Uluru’s Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef.

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