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Princess Cruises outlines 2012-2013 Caribbean and Panama Canal sailings

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When it comes to dominating the Caribbean in the winter cruise season, no one does it quite as good as Princess Cruises.  The cruise line dominates Port Everglades during the winter season.

Princess Cruises’ 2012-13 Caribbean season includes:

Ruby Princess/Eastern CaribbeanRuby Princess sails to the Eastern Caribbean, with roundtrip seven-day cruises from Ft. Lauderdale on Sundays.  The itinerary features calls at the line’s own Princess Cays, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Grand Turk.  Ruby Princess sails between October 28, 2012 and April 28, 2013.

Crown Princess/Western Caribbean from GalvestonCrown Princess makes Princess’ return to Galveston, Texas for seven-day sailings to Costa Maya, Roatán, Belize and Cozumel.  Cruises depart between December 22, 2012 and April 27, 2013.

Caribbean Princess/Southern CaribbeanCaribbean Princess sails from Ft. Lauderdale on a seven-day roundtrip voyage to Princess Cays, Curaçao and Aruba.  Departures run from November 10, 2012 to April 27, 2013.  Caribbean Princess will also offer a special four-day Bermuda Sampler voyage to Bermuda on a roundtrip sailing from New York, departing on Oct. 27, 2012; and a 10-day Caribbean Islander voyage from New York to Ft. Lauderdale, calling at San Juan, St. Thomas, Antigua and Aruba, departing on October 31, 2012.

Grand Princess/Eastern and Southern CaribbeanGrand Princess sails on alternating seven-day voyages from Ft. Lauderdale.  The ship sails to San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Princess Cays in the Eastern Caribbean; and Princess Cays, Curaçao, and Aruba in the Southern Caribbean.  Grand Princess sails between November 17, 2012 and January 19, 2013.  Voyages can be combined for a longer 14-day cruise among the islands.

Emerald Princess/10-Day Eastern and Southern Caribbean – For a more in-depth island vacation with the convenience of roundtrip travel from Ft. Lauderdale, Emerald Princess offers alternating 10-day roundtrip itineraries – one to the Southern Caribbean and the other to the Eastern Caribbean.  The Southern Caribbean Medley itinerary calls at Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Dominica, St. Thomas, and Princess Cays.  The Eastern Caribbean Voyager itinerary offers calls at Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, and Princess Cays.  Emerald Princess sails between November 7, 2012 and April 26, 2013.  Voyages can be combined into a 20-day Caribbean Grand Adventure.

Panama Canal itineraries include:

Roundtrip Panama Canal CruisesCoral Princess and Island Princess again sail the classic 10-day roundtrip itinerary from Ft. Lauderdale, which offers a partial Panama Canal transit to Gatun Lake followed by an evening a call in Colón, plus calls in the Caribbean ports of Aruba, Cartagena, Limón (Costa Rica), and Grand Cayman or Ocho Rios.  The ships sail between October 13, 2012 and April 15, 2013.

Full Panama Canal Transit Sailings – This 14-day itinerary between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles offers a full Panama Canal transit plus visits to Aruba, Cartagena, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua), and Cabo San Lucas.  Island Princess offers four sailings on this route, with departures on November 12 and 26, 2012, plus March 8 and 22, 2013.

Panama Canal Two-Day Experience CruisesCoral Princess and Island Princess will feature three itineraries offering Princess’ Two-Day Canal Experience – a full Panama Canal transit combined with a full day at Fuerte Amador on the Pacific side of Panama.  The 14-day itinerary sails between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles with calls at Aruba, Cartagena, and Puntarenas (Costa Rica) in addition to the Two-Day Canal Experience.  A 15-day option offers an additional call in Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala). And another 15-day option sails from San Francisco to Ft. Lauderdale with calls at Cabo San Lucas, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Cartagena, and Aruba.  Sailings on these itineraries depart between September 20, 2012 and May 4, 2013.  Coral Princess and Island Princess also offer longer Grand Adventures of 17, 18 and 19 days, sailing to and from Vancouver.

Source and Photo Credit: Princess Cruises

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