Princess Cruises’ 2014-15 Exotics program is offering global itineraries taking passengers to Asia & Africa, Australia & New Zealand, Tahiti & the South Pacific and South America – plus even a special connoisseur itinerary in the Caribbean.
The lineup also includes Princess’ first-ever World Cruise sailing roundtrip from North America and additional capacity in Tahiti & the South Pacific. In Australia, Princess will offer a choice of ships, homeports and itineraries with four ships deployed in the region. The West Africa itinerary, returning to the lineup due to popular demand, will add a new port to Princess’ roster of more than 300 around the world, with a maiden call to the island nation of São Tomé.
In total, the fall 2014 to spring 2015 program spans six continents and calls to more than 145 worldwide destinations. Eight ships will cover the globe with 114 departures of 37 itinerary options.
Princess’ 2014-15 Exotics program includes:
Asia & Africa
Sapphire Princess in Asia – Sailing between Beijing and Bangkok or Singapore, the 17-day Grand Asia itinerary offers three departures aboard Sapphire Princess in fall 2014 – each including an overnight stay in Hong Kong as well as calls to Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, Busan, and Nagasaki. Cruise departures run from Oct. 7 to Nov. 10, 2014.
Ocean Princess to Asia and Africa – Small ship Ocean Princess sails through the Indian Ocean along the coast of West Africa in spring 2015. The ship’s 32-day Singapore to Cape Town voyage is followed by a 30-day Cape Town to London (Dover) voyage featuring visits to a number of destinations in West Africa. World travelers can combine these voyages for a 62-day cruise to a variety of exotic calls such as Ghana, Togo, Namibia, Senegal and Princess’ maiden call to the island nation of São Tomé. Sailings depart April 3 and May 5, 2015.
Land & Sea Vacations – In Asia, passengers can add to their cruise with a land tour to the top attractions in China – including UNESCO sites like Beijing’s Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, The Great Wall, Xian and the Terra Cotta Warriors – as well as three nights on a Yangtze River cruise.
Australia & New Zealand
Diamond Princess in Australia & New Zealand – The ship once again sails on this itinerary between Sydney and Auckland. The 12- or 13-day voyages include calls in both countries, and cruising through the dramatic Fiordland National Park. Departures run from Dec. 16, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015.
Diamond Princess Round Australia – For the first time, Diamond Princess is offering a full 28-day circumnavigation of the Australian continent. Featuring Princess’ largest ship ever on this route, the Sydney to Sydney voyage offers two departures – Nov. 18, 2014 and Feb. 27, 2015.
Australia Homeport Cruising – Sun Princess, Sea Princess and Dawn Princess will offer sailings from three homeports – Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne – on a series of New Zealand, Fiji, South Pacific and Tasmania cruises geared especially for local tastes.
Australia & Asia – Diamond Princess and Ocean Princess offer Australia & Asia departures between Sydney and Singapore featuring the Northern Territory, Queensland as well as ports in Vietnam and Indonesia.
Land & Sea Vacations – Travelers can add more of the wonders of Australia with land tours that visit UNESCO sites such as Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park in the Outback, the Great Barrier Reef and cosmopolitan Sydney.
Tahiti & South Pacific
Small Ship Cruising in French Polynesia – Princess returns to the waters of Tahiti & Polynesia with two ships for increased capacity in to this beautiful destination. Intimate sister ships Pacific Princess and Ocean Princess offer the small ship cruising experience in fall and spring on a 10-day Tahiti & French Polynesia itinerary roundtrip from Tahiti (Papeete). Each departure includes two full days in Bora Bora as well as Moorea, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Huahine – all selected in Condé Nast Traveler’s 10 best islands in the South Pacific. Sailings depart between Oct. 9, 2014 and Feb. 16, 2015.
Pacific Princess to Marquesas & Polynesia – Pacific Princess will also have three departures of a 10-day Marquesas & Polynesia itinerary with the remote island of Nuku Hiva – famed as the island where Herman Melville penned his first book, Typee, about life on a Polynesian island. Departures are offered on Oct. 29, Nov. 28 and Dec. 28, 2014.
South America & the Caribbean
Golden Princess in South America – Two itineraries aboard Golden Princess offer passengers Southern Hemisphere cruising. Sailing between Santiago (Valparaiso) and either Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires, the Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan or Route to Rio itineraries each include the dramatic cruising of the southernmost tip of South America and the Chilean Fjords. Sailings depart between Dec. 20, 2014 and Feb. 28, 2015.
Golden Princess Andes & South America – At the beginning and end of the season, Golden Princess will also sail between two continents and cross the Equator on two departures of a Andes & South America itinerary between Los Angeles and Santiago, with calls in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica and an optional overland tour to magnificent Machu Picchu. Departures are offered on Dec. 3, 2014 and March 14, 2015.
Ocean Princess Caribbean Connoisseur – A 14-day Caribbean Connoisseur voyage aboard Ocean Princess over the holidays adds a new sailing choice from Ft. Lauderdale. This voyage includes calls at St. Barts, Martinique and Virgin Gorda. Ocean Princess departs on Dec. 19, 2014.
Land & Sea Vacations – Land tour options offer the opportunity to explore UNESCO sites such as Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian-Argentine border or mysterious Machu Picchu in the Andes in addition to a South America cruise.
World Cruise on Pacific Princess – For the first time, Princess’ World Cruise will depart and return from North America. The 111-day voyage aboard Pacific Princess sails roundtrip from Los Angeles, with an option for a 94-day itinerary from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale. Spanning six continents and with more than 34 destinations to 25 countries, this unique World Cruise includes four overnight calls in Sydney, Hong Kong, Dubai and Barcelona. Overland excursions and day excursions will be available to see destinations such as Sydney Harbour, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal and Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Pacific Princess sets sail on Jan. 23, 2015.
For more information, visit www.princess.com.