Princess Cruises expands UK cruise programme

Princess Cruises expands UK cruise programme

A 48-night voyage to from Southampton to Sydney heads an expanded programme of ex-UK departures by Princess Cruises in 2016.

A longer Mediterranean season has been scheduled from Southampton, with the 3,000-passenger Emerald Princess making 15 departures between April and September, compared to 10 this year.

The line will offer a three-night sampler cruise for the first timer in three years, which will sail from Southampton in April 2016 with fares starting at £399 per person.

Princess will also sail to Australia from Southampton in September 2016, with fares leading at £5,739pp. The line’s two newest ships will also be based in Europe next summer.

Royal Princess (pictured) – operating from Southampton this summer – will sail in the Mediterranean on seven to 21-night itineraries out of Civitavecchia (the port for Rome), Athens or Barcelona and Regal Princess will be based in Northern Europe sailing from Copenhagen.

The 3,000-passenger Caribbean Princess will sail from Southampton on round Britain cruises, while the 670-passenger Pacific Princess will run a split season with half of the summer out of Dover and the second half on Greek islands fly-cruises.

Other highlights include free drinks packages on all 2016 Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises booked by June 30 voyages and the return of sailings to the Canary Islands.

The programme goes on sale on March 19.

Princess Cruises managing director UK and Europe, Paul Ludlow, said: “There really is a cruise in Europe for everyone and our 2016 programme is packed with options.

“We have some returning guest favourites such as the Canaries, while the addition of a three-night sampler cruise is a must for anyone wishing to try Princess for the first time.

“Meanwhile, our free drinks package offers great value for anyone who wants to know their bar bills are taken care of in advance of their trip."


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