Another Princess Cruises vessel is restarting sailings today.
For the first time since the shutdown, Island Princess is welcome guests back at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.
The ship is setting sail on a one-way 14-night Panama Canal cruise to Los Angeles, its first voyage in over two years. Port calls will include Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Huatulco and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The sailing will also include a transit of the canal’s original, historic locks.
The ship will then return back to Port Everglades on a similar 15-night Panama Canal voyage, then depart on an 18-night transatlantic crossing to Southampton, England. Destinations during that voyage will include ports in Canada, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, and England.
Guests can also extend that cruise by booking a 34-night voyage instead of 18, which adds a whopping eight port calls in Norway and then heads back to Southampton.
Island Princess will homeport in Southampton through mid-October, operating an assortment of longer voyages mostly in northern Europe.
On October 31, the ship will sail a 14-night eastern Mediterranean and Israel trip with port calls including Olympia, Greece; Athens, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; Jerusalem, Israel; Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus; Rhodes, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Messina, Sicily; and Salerno, Italy, concluding in Civitavecchia — the port for Rome.
After that, Island Princess will head back to Port Everglades and spend the rest of the year in the Caribbean. On January 5, 2023, the vessel will depart on a 112-night World Cruise roundtrip from Port Everglades.
Island Princess debuted in 2003 as a sister ship to the 2002-built Coral Princess. The 88,000 gross ton vessel features over 700 balcony cabins, and was custom-designed to offer Panama Canal cruises.
Following Princess’ brand-new ship Discovery Princess, Island Princess is the second Princess vessel to restart cruise operations in 2022. Two more ships — Royal and Crown Princess — are scheduled to return to passenger service in May.