The newly renovated ship Diamond Princess resumed service on Sunday, marking the complete resumption of sailing for Princess Cruises following the cruise industry shutdown in 2020.
The vessel welcomed guests for the inaugural sailing from its new homeport of San Diego, from where it will offer five to 16-day voyages along the Mexican Riviera, California Coast, and the Hawaiian Islands through February 2023. Diamond Princess will also offer a 20-day voyage to Central America roundtrip from San Diego on November 27th.
“Homeporting Diamond Princess in a destination as remarkable as San Diego and now giving our west coast fans four convenient to drive California departure points to enjoy the Original Love Boat is an outstanding combination,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “Whether you’re looking for four-, five- or seven-day convenient west coast vacations, or vacations that extend to Hawaiian or South Pacific, Princess Cruises has you covered at incredible values.”
“The Port of San Diego is proud to welcome the Diamond Princess, its Captain, crew and guests to the Port of San Diego,” said Chairman Dan Malcolm, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “We are also happy to welcome Princess Cruises back as a homeported line, we look forward to a successful cruise season with them, and to many more years of partnership.”
Diamond Princess’ homeporting in San Diego marks the first time the ship has sailed from a United States port since 2013. Prior to the pandemic, it was homeported in Asia.
In March 2023, the vessel will head back across the Pacific to offer Japan and South Korea itineraries from Yokohama, which is near Tokyo.