Princess musters big fleet from European sailings

Princess Cruises will have five ships to kick off its European season from April to December this year. Crown Princess, Pacific Princess, Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Sapphire Princess will offer 57 itineraries and sail to 168 destinations in the Mediterranean to northern Europe.

Here are the season’s highlights:

Maiden Voyages

The 2670-passenger Sapphire Princess will relocate to Europe for summer, making its inaugural 38-day voyage from Singapore to Southampton. She will then make maiden calls to a number of destinations in the British Isles, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

The Sapphire Princess will join the Regal Princess and Pacific Princess on cruises to destinations in Scandinavia and Russia, leaving from Copenhagen or Southampton. Guests on these cruises can enjoy overnight stays in St Petersburg.

The Sapphire Princess will also make a maiden call to Skagen, the northern-most town of Denmark on other itineraries.

A wide choice of sailing itineraries

The Royal Princess will sail around the British Isles on a new 12-day cruise departing from Le Havre in Normandy, France. Guests will be able to experience the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacular military performances by the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands.

The Pacific Princess will offer round-trips cruises departing from Southampton for North European destinations in Iceland and Norway. One highlight is the special summer solstice voyage to Spitsbergen Isle in Norway.

The Crown Princess will offer 55 cruises stopping at various destinations including Rome, Marseille, Salerno, Kotor, Corfu, Naples, Crete and Mykonos. Some itineraries include overnight stays in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, St Petersburg and Venice.

A class of its own

Princess Cruises’ Royal-class ships are the newest and most luxurious in its fleet. There are three Royal-class ships – the Royal Princess and Regal Princess are sailing in Europe while the Majestic Princess is cruising in Asia.

All three have the dramatic glass walkway which extends 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship. Guests can also enjoy the Watercolor Fantasy Show, an outdoor fountain extravaganza which lights up and illuminate jets of water as they dance to music.

The line has also introduced the Ocean Medallion, an interactive, wearable device on Regal Princess which gives guests a personal digital concierge experience. They can book restaurants, select food and drinks options and unlock their cabin doors with the Ocean Medallion.