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Third U.S. Based Princess Cruise Ship Resumes Service

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Princess Cruises has announced that another one of its ships has resumed service — the third from a U.S. homeport, and the fifth overall.

Emerald Princess is departing today from Los Angeles for a 14-night Panama Canal cruise that will end in Fort Lauderdale. The very first guests onboard were welcomed by the crew with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Panama Canal

“Princess has been a part of so many special memories for us,” said Chris and Kathleen Lennon of Monument, CO, the first Emerald Princess guests to board the cruise ship. “This is our 20th cruise and our third time onboard Emerald Princess, and the excitement we felt when we arrived today was overwhelming. It truly feels like coming home.”

The ship is scheduled to arrive in Fort Lauderdale on October 30, and will operate a series of 10-night Panama Canal cruises roundtrip through December 2021.

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These Panama Canal sailings aboard Emerald Princess are available to passengers who have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and can provide proof.

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Emerald Princess

All guests must also provide a negative, medically-observed PCR or antigen COVID-19 test taken within two days of embarkation.

In April 2022, the ship will depart Fort Lauderdale and head across the Atlantic to Southampton, England. From there, she will operate 12-night British Isles cruises through October.

Along with the rest of the Princess fleet, Emerald Princess offers MedallionClass vacations using the wearable OceanMedallion. These small devices, which can be worn on bracelets or necklaces, enable touch-free boarding, food and beverage delivery to anywhere on the ship, keyless cabin entry, touchless payment capabilities, live chat with guest services, and friends and family locating services on the ship.

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