Princess Cruises announced today their 2017 cruises to Europe, including Majestic Princess’ inaugural sailings. The ship debuts in April 2017 and will sail 5 to 28 day cruises from Barcelona, Athens, and Rome in the Mediterranean.
The season will include six ships sailing to 119 destinations in the Mediterranean and northern Europe. Guests will be able to choose from 64 unique itineraries on 153 departures visiting 27 countries.
Princess Cruises now offers the More Ashore program, giving guests more opportunities to experience the culture and flavors of the region in 2017. Many port calls will offer more time ashore with either late night departures, overnights, or two-day experiences in the same port. Highlights of this program in Europe include overnights in Dublin and St. Petersburg on select sailings, and late evening stays in over 15 countries.
Highlights of Princess’ Europe program include:
- Mediterranean Cruises – In addition to Majestic, Royal Princess will be doing 11-day grand Mediterranean and 10-day western Mediterranean combinable for a 21-day grand Mediterranean collection. There will also be 7, 14, 21, and 28-day sailings throughout the Mediterranean Sea.
- Scandinavia & Russia Cruises – Regal will be returning to northern Europe, along with Crown and Pacific Princess for cruises to Russia and Scandinavia. They will depart from London or Copenhagen and overnight in St. Petersburg. A new Pacific Princess Baltic itinerary includes overnights in St. Petersburg and Stockholm.
- British Isles Cruises – Marking the first British Isles season ever for Princess, there will be 12 departures on Caribbean Princess and two on Pacific Princess, including late night stays in Edinburgh where guests can visit the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on select sailings. All 12-day British Isle cruises will include a late evening in Belfast and the option of an overnight in Dublin on select sailings from London.
New Ports of Call: Haugesund (Norway), Oban (Scotland), Siracusa (Sicily, Italy), Ulvik (Norway), and St. Tropez (France).
- Iceland & Norway Cruises – Crown and Pacific Princess will both offer North Cape itineraries to the Arctic Circle. Crown will also visit the Norwegian fjords, and Pacific will make a maiden call in Haugesund, Norway. She will also offer 14-day Iceland and Norway itineraries visiting off-the-beaten path ports in the Shetland Islands and Iceland, and will also cross to the land of fire and ice on a transatlantic passage featuring Iceland.
- European Land & Sea Vacations – If guests want to do a land and sea vacation, there will be five unique options, which combine certain sailings with fully-escorted land tours. Choices include Paris and the French Countryside; Ireland’s Ring of Kerry; Classic Italy, visiting popular spots in Rome, Venice, and Florence; Imperial Treasures of Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Berlin; and Swiss Splendors featuring Lucrene and Interlaken, as well as a scenic boat trip on Lake Como.
All 2017 Europe sailings open for bookings on Thursday, December 3.
The new ship will be based in China year-round beginning in summer 2017 and become the first vessel built specifically for Chinese guests incorporating a unique blend of international and Chinese features.