Princess Cruises Boosts Australia Deployment
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Princess Cruises will base five ships Down Under for the 2016-17 season, increasing capacity by 20 percent for the line’s largest-ever program in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
The 3,082-guest Emerald Princess will move to Australia, joining Sun Princess, Sea Princess and Dawn Princess, as well as Golden Princess, which will return to sail from Melbourne.
Highlights include an 84-day “Circle South America” voyage departing from Sydney, more New Zealand cruises, longer South Pacific cruises, and land-and-sea packages. The season from October 2016 to April 2017 opens for sale April 22.
The “Circle South America" cruise on Sea Princess departs Sydney on Jan. 11, 2017, and visits 28 destinations in 18 countries including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Uruguay.
All five Princess ships will operate 11- to 14-day cruises to New Zealand, while the Sun Princess offers Australia circumnavigations from Sydney in October 2016 and March 2017 as well as the first-ever round-trip voyages from Brisbane and Fremantle.
The Dawn Princess will operate two 42-day voyages to multiple destinations in China and Japan from Sydney and Brisbane. The Sydney sailing departing March 16, 2017, is timed to visit Japan during the cherry blossom season.
Land-and-sea options include an Australian Outback package that visits the Great Barrier Reef and Ayers Rock in Uluru National Park, and the more extensive “Ultimate Australia” package that includes a Sydney city tour, the Great Barrier Reef, the northern tropical city of Darwin, the Outback and more.
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