Princess Cruises Announces Longest UK Season
Princess Cruises has announced that 2022 will see its longest UK season ever and will include cruises on Sky Princess, which recently joined the fleet in October 2019.
Sky Princess will be cruising from Southampton between March and October 2022, with its total of 215 days making it a month longer than any previous UK season. It will also include the most school holiday sailings ever. Sky Princess will also be the largest homeport ship the UK has ever seen.
Sky Princess will be joined in Europe by four other Princess Cruises ships for the summer 2022 season; Crown Princess will also be based in Southampton offering British Isles itineraries, the fleet’s newest ship Enchanted Princess will sail Scandinavia and Russia roundtrip from Copenhagen, Regal Princess will cover the Mediterranean, while Island Princess will visit a variety of European destinations.
Sky Princess will offer the choice of 18 voyages from Southampton, including seven school holiday sailings across the season. The ship will depart for the Mediterranean, northern Europe and Canada & New England, with several new voyages including:
· A 25-day Canada & New England voyage departing September including an overnight in New York calling at Corner Brook, Sydney (Cape Breton Island), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), New York (overnight), Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor (for Acadia National Park), Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), Halifax, and St. John’s (Newfoundland).
· A 14-day Easter school holidays Spain, France and Portugal cruise sailing in April to La Rochelle (for Cognac), Bilbao, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Seville (Cadiz), Malaga, Cartagena and Vigo (for Santiago de Compostela).
· A seven-day school half term Scandinavia voyage in May calling at Kristiansand, Copenhagen, Skagen and Oslo; which also coincides with the extra Bank Holiday announced in aid of the Queen’s Jubilee in 2022.
Crown Princess will sail the British Isles from May to October on 14 Southampton sailings. The ship will travel to destinations including Liverpool, Guernsey, Dublin, Belfast, Orkney Islands (Kirkwall) and Edinburgh, with select itineraries offering overnight calls in port.
The 2,200-guest Island Princess sails the reaches of Europe including an opportunity to search for the Northern Lights, visit the top of Norway during the Summer Solstice and voyages to Greenland and Iceland with multiples stops in both destinations for an extended exploration.
Island Princess also sails the Mediterranean including two voyages to the Holy Land of Israel sailing roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia).
The season also includes multiple opportunities to visit during special festival times – including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August on Crown Princess and Island Princess, and Oktoberfest on Island Princess in Hamburg, Germany.
Princess Cruises’ newest ship, the 3,660-guest Enchanted Princess, which joined the fleet in September this year, will spend April to September sailing Scandinavia and Russia roundtrip from Copenhagen, visiting destinations including Tallinn, Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm, and will offer overnight calls in St Petersburg.
Regal Princess which is based in Southampton in 2021, will sail the Mediterranean with departures from Barcelona, Rome or Athens offering a variety of sailings ranging in length from 7 to 21 days and includes voyages to the Western Mediterranean, Adriatic Sea and Aegean Sea featuring Greece & Turkey.
For Princess MedallionClass™ ships, the multi award-winning OceanMedallion wearable device transforms holidays by making the entire cruise experience effortless, delivering highly personalised service and enabling touchless interactive experiences and entertainment. Among enhancements, guests enjoy streamlined boarding; on-demand food, beverage, retail and service delivery; keyless stateroom entry; contactless payment; friends and family locator; anywhere wagering; interactive games; and movies/live TV on the go.
The Princess MedallionClass ships will also offer MedallionNet™, on board so guests can stay persistently connected to the things they love and share holiday memories with ease. MedallionNet offers unprecedented connectivity that’s fast, unlimited, reliable, and affordable with an access point in every stateroom, so guests can stream favourite movies, shows, games and music; connect to favourite social media sites; and video chat from anywhere on the ship.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises vice president UK & Europe, said: “At Princess, we’re using this current pause to strengthen our operations and enhance our offering in order to deliver our best cruise holidays yet. This includes taking this time to add leading-edge technology to more of our fleet, so even more guests can enjoy our touchless, personalised MedallionClass experience. In addition guests can take advantage of our all-inclusive added value package ‘Princess Plus’, which includes premium drinks, the best Wi-Fi at sea and gratuities. With lots of options available, we are confident that every guest will find a great holiday that they can look forward to in 2022.”
All Europe 2022 voyages go on sale on 2 December 2020. Princess Elite guests are able to book from 1 December 2020 at 2pm. Find out more here.