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Princess Cruises Releases 2012-2013 West Coast Sailing Information

October 12, 2011 By: Elliott Mest Travel Agent


The Sapphire Princess will be sailing several itineraries from Los Angeles in the 2012-2013 cruise season. // (c) 2011 Princess Cruises.

Princess Cruises in 2012-13 sailings will feature more Pacific coast cruises than before, including an enhanced seven-day California Coastal itinerary.

The roundtrip California Coastal itinerary includes an added visit to Catalina and an overnight in San Francisco. Other coastal itinerary options include a wine country cruise with themed onboard presentations, plus four- and five-day samplers of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, and shorter sailings of one to three nights.

Princess’ Coastal voyages in the 2012-13 season include:

California Coastals: Roundtrip Los AngelesSapphire Princess will sail on new departures of a seven-day California Coastal itinerary cruising roundtrip from Los Angeles. Included is an overnight in San Francisco, plus calls in Santa Barbara, Catalina, San Diego, and Ensenada. Sailings depart on Oct. 8 and Oct. 13, 2012; March 30, April 6, April 13, April 27 and May 4, 2013.

Wine Country Coastal: Los Angeles to Vancouver – A seven-day sailing geared towards wine lovers, this sailing will offer the chance to explore the California wine regions of Santa Barbara and San Francisco, as well as visit the microbreweries of Astoria, Oregon. Themed excursions will be available in many ports to enhance the local wine focus. In addition, onboard presentations from guest experts will showcase the world of food and wine with demonstrations, tastings and special meals. The cruise aboard Sapphire Princess will depart from Los Angeles on May 11, 2013, sailing to Vancouver with calls at Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria, Seattle and Victoria.

British Columbia and West Coast Coastal: This week-long voyage explores the west coast from British Columbia to Southern California. The Vancouver to Los Angeles cruise calls at Nanaimo, Victoria, San Francisco and San Diego. Sapphire Princess sets sail on Sept. 29, 2012.

Pacific Coastal: Los Angeles/Vancouver – Passengers can choose to travel between Vancouver and Los Angeles in five or three days with two coastal itinerary options. The five-day journey between Los Angeles and Vancouver features calls in San Francisco and Victoria, departing on May 9, 2012 aboard Coral Princess. The three-day option features two leisurely days of cruising the Pacific Coast with a variety of sailing dates aboard Golden Princess, Coral Princess, Island Princess and Star Princess.

Pacific Coastal: San Francisco/Vancouver – Two ships will travel between San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge and Vancouver on a two-day cruise. Island Princess departs on Sept. 26, 2012 and Star Princess sets sail on May 13 and Sept. 24, 2012.

Pacific Coastal: Vancouver/Seattle – A series of overnight sailings between Vancouver and Seattle. Golden Princess will sail Sept. 22, 2012 and May 11, 2013; while Star Princess sails on Sept. 23, 2012 and May 11, 2013

In addition to sailing along the Pacific Coast, passengers can also choose to visit a variety of destinations from the West Coast ports of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

From Los Angeles:

MexicoSapphire Princess will sail to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas on six sailings between Nov. 17, 2012 and April 20, 2013.

HawaiiGolden Princess and Sapphire Princess offer 14-day cruises, departing on Wednesdays and Saturdays to the Big Island (Hilo), the capital city of Honolulu on Oahu, Maui (Lahaina) and Kauai (Nawiliwili). The season runs between Sept. 26, 2012 and April 24, 2013.

Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa – This 28-day itinerary offers the opportunity to sail not only to Hawaii, but also visit the South Pacific islands of Pago Pago, Apia, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti. These cruises sail roundtrip from Los Angeles, aboard Sapphire Princess on Oct. 20, 2012 and on Star Princess on March 26, 2013.

Panama CanalCoral Princess and Island Princess offer a variety of Panama Canal transit itineraries that begin or end in Los Angeles. These sailings include a full transit, and cruises also include visits to a variety of Caribbean ports as well as calls in Mexico and Central America. Sailings run between Sept. 20, 2011 and May 4, 2013.

From San Francisco:

MexicoGrand Princess and Star Princess each offer a sailing roundtrip from San Francisco with calls at Catalina, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and San Diego. Star Princess sails on Sept 26, 2012 and Grand Princess departs March 31, 2013.

HawaiiStar Princess and Grand Princess will begin offering 15-day itinerary round-trip voyages from San Francisco, also calling at all four main islands. The ships will offer 10 departures between March 19, 2012 and April 25, 2013.

Alaska Inside PassageSea Princess will sail roundtrip from the San Francisco to Alaska, with calls at Juneau, Skagway (or Haines), Ketchikan and Victoria, plus cruising in Glacier Bay National Park or Tracy Arm Fjord. Sailings depart between May 13 to August 31, 2012.

Hawaii, Tahiti & South PacificSea Princess sails from San Francisco to Sydney on a 27-day voyage across the Pacific with calls at Honolulu, Maui (Lahaina), Bora Bora, Tahiti, Pago Pago, Auckland, Christchurch, and Dunedin, with cruising through Fiordland National Park. The sailing departs on Sept. 20, 2012.

Panama CanalIsland Princess will sail on a Panama Canal voyage from San Francisco to Ft. Lauderdale, featuring a full Canal transit, plus visits to Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), a 2-day canal experience in Panama (a day in port in Fuerte Amador plus the transit through the canal locks), and stops in Cartagena and Aruba. The sailing departs on Sept. 28, 2012.


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By Elliott Mest | October 12, 2011
Princess Cruises in 2012-13 sailings will feature more Pacific coast cruises than before, including an enhanced seven-day California Coastal itinerary.
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