Princess Cruises has announced the first details of its 2017 Europe itineraries, including the inaugural sailings of the line's newest ship, Majestic Princess. In total the line will have six ships in Europe during this season.
Debuting in April 2017, Majestic Princess will sail five- to 28-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, Athens and Rome.
Additionally, the 2017 season will include Princess' new More Ashore program, which includes late night (9 pm or later) departures from ports, overnight port stays and two-night port stays to allow travelers more time in a given destination. Highlights of the More Ashore program in Europe include overnights in Dublin and St. Petersburg on select sailings, as well as late evening stays in more than 15 countries.
All 2017 Europe sailings open for bookings on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Highlights include:
The newest cruise ship to join the Princess fleet debuts in Rome (Civitavecchia) on April 4, 2017, for a five-day Maiden Adriatic Sea roundtrip voyage visiting Kotor and Corfu. The 3,560-guest Majestic Princess then sails on a series of seven-, 14-, 21- and 28-day Mediterranean voyages departing Barcelona, Athens and Rome from April 9 through May 14, 2017.
Cruises to the Mediterranean
In addition to Majestic Princess, Royal Princess sails new 11-day Grand Mediterranean and 10-day Western Mediterranean itineraries, combinable for a 21-day Grand Mediterranean Collection, as well as seven, 14-, 21- and 28-day sailings throughout the Mediterranean.
Scandinavia & Russia Cruises
Regal Princess returns to Northern Europe, along with Crown Princess and Pacific Princess, for cruise vacations to Scandinavia and Russia, offering an overnight in St. Petersburg with departures from London (Southampton or Dover) or Copenhagen. A new Pacific Princess Baltic Heritage itinerary includes overnights in Stockholm and St. Petersburg, sailing from London (Dover).
British Isles Cruises
The 2017 Europe season marks the line's largest British Isles season ever, with 12 departures on Caribbean Princess and two on Pacific Princess, including last night stays in Edinburgh offering the opportunity to visit the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on select sailings. All 12-day British Isles cruises include a new late evening stay in Belfast and an option of an overnight in Dublin on select departures from London (Southampton).
New Ports of Call
Summer 2017 offers maiden port calls to Haugesund (Norway), Oban (Scotland), Siracusa (Sicily, Italy), Ulvik (Norway), and St. Tropez (France).
Iceland & Norway Cruises
Both Crown Princess and Pacific Princess will offer North Cape voyages to the Arctic Circle during the peak midnight sun period around the summer solstice. Crown Princess will also visit the Norwegian fjords, while Pacific Princess will feature a maiden call in Haugesund, Norway.
Pacific Princess will also offer 14-day Iceland & Norway itineraries visiting off-the-beaten path ports in Iceland and the Shetland Islands. It will also offer a transatlantic passage featuring Iceland.
European Land & Sea Vacations
In 2017 Princess will also offer five Land & Sea Vacation options for Europe, which combine certain sailings with a fully-escorted land tour. Choices include Paris and the French Countryside; Ireland's Ring of Kerry; Classic Italy, visiting popular sites in Venice, Florence and Rome; Imperial Treasures of Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin; and Swiss Splendors, featuring Interlaken and Lucrene, as well as a scenic boat trip on Lake Como.