Princess Cruises announced its 2022-2023 Australia and New Zealand season, going on sale on March 2, 2021.
The itinerary program is based on 4 ships, including the maiden AU-NZ seasons of Majestic Princess and Royal Princess (both homeported in Sydney NSW). Grand Princess debuts in Australia with departures from Melbourne Victoria. Coral Princess is homeported in Brisbane QLD for longer voyages.
The Australia-New Zealand season features a total of 121 departures and 76 itineraries to 68 different ports in 14 countries across the South Pacific.
Ranging from 2 to 36 days, the program's highlights include:
- Departures from homeports Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle-Perth, Sydney.
- 10- to 19-day New Zealand itineraries with options to sail between Australia and New Zealand, roundtrip from Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney.
- Circumnavigation of Australia on roundtrip voyages, including calls in Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef as well as new calls to Kuri Bay for the landscapes of Kimberley Region.
- 5- to 10-day Tasmania roundtrip voyages from Brisbane or Sydney.
- 7- to 14-day Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef roundtrip cruises from Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney.
- 4 Transpacific Crossings connecting North America to Australia in fall 2022-spring 2023 on Grand Princess and Majestic Princess
- 35-day Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific itineraries roundtrip from Auckland, Brisbane, and Sydney
- 12- to 20-day Asia and Australia (repositioning) voyages in August 2022 on Royal Princess from Hong Kong to Australia via Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam. In March 2023, Royal Princess is scheduled to sail 16-to 18-day relocation voyages from Sydney to Hong Kong.
Princess Cruises offers 8 ports/destinations with late-night departures, including Phillip Island, Adelaide, Auckland, to name a few.
Access to ten UNESCO World Heritage sites, of which Tasmanian Wilderness (from Burnie - one of Australia's largest conservation areas), Greater Blue Mountains with the chance to see the Three Sisters rock formation (from Sydney), Te Wahipounamu (in Fiordland National Park - the best representation of the original flora and fauna of Gondwana, the supercontinent that existed millions of years ago).
A couple of Cruisetour options are offered, Australian Outback and Ultimate Australia, so guests have the opportunity to visit Uluru’s Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef, combining a land tour with a traditional cruise.
All the 4 Princess vessels deployed in Australia-New Zealand in 2022-2023 are MedallionClass ships, offering new features that personalize the guest experience, support new health protocols, and leverage touchless technologies.