Princess Cruises has announced its new 2017 Europe cruise season, which will include longer stays and overnights as well as the line’s new “Global Partners + Local Experts” program.
The 2017 cruise vacations to Europe include the inaugural sailings of the line’s newest ship Majestic Princess. The season offers six ships sailing to 119 destinations ranging from the Mediterranean to northern Europe. Guests can choose from 64 unique itineraries on 153 cruise departures, visiting 27 countries. Debuting in April 2017, Majestic Princess first sets sail on debut European sailings with five- to 28-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, Athens and Rome.
The new “Global Partners + Local Experts” program includes a video series of local port partners sharing their thoughts, experiences and recommendations of the places they call home. Also featured are local expert onboard speakers, new tours, partner port guides and walking maps, new port welcome and departure experiences and an insider’s guide including “cool things” made in each port.
All 2017 Europe itineraries are open for sale. 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-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 late 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 the option of an overnight in Dublin on select departures from London (Southampton).
New Ports of Call
Summer 2017 includes 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 offer 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. The ship will also cross to Iceland on a transatlantic passage.
European Land & Sea Vacations
Guests can enhance their European travel with five Land & Sea Vacation options, 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 Lucerne, as well as a scenic boat trip on Lake Como.