Written by: Cruise News
April 23, 2014 – Today Princess Cruises announced its 2015-2016 Americas cruise itineraries including Caribbean, Canada and New England, Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaiian Islands and West Coast cruises. The array of cruise vacations departing from U.S. ports range from three to 28 days and go on sale May 13.
In total, 12 ships will sail on more than 230 departures on 48 itineraries to 86 destinations. Guests will have the opportunity to sail on Princess’ two newest cruise ships to the Caribbean – Royal Princess and Regal Princess while for the first time ever, two of the line’s largest sister ships, Crown Princess and Ruby Princess, will be positioned together on the West Coast. In addition, Princess will offer a nostalgic 50th anniversary cruise to Mexico and an all-new, five-day Mexico sampler cruise with an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas.
“The close-to-home departure ports, combined with the variety of cruise lengths and some of our most exciting ships, will offer our guests some amazing vacation experiences,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.
Full Details of Princess Cruises’ 2015-2016 America’s season include:
Canada & New England Cruises
Guests can enjoy the fall foliage on two ships sailing from the East Coast in September and October. Regal Princess will sail on seven-day voyages roundtrip from New York to the New England ports of Newport, Boston and Bar Harbor, and the Atlantic Canadian ports of Saint John and Halifax. Caribbean Princess will sail on the line’s popular 10-day itinerary between New York and Quebec, including an overnight in Quebec and calls to the charming seaside villages of Gaspé and Ville Saguenay, Quebec in addition to the ports of Newport, Boston, Portland, Saint John and Halifax.
Offering sailings to the Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale and Houston, five ships will offer a variety of options to explore this vibrant region.
Princess’ two newest ships, Regal Princess and Royal Princess, will be returning to the sunny and picturesque Caribbean for the 2015-16 season. Regal Princess will offer both seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages that can be combined for a longer cruise vacation aboard our newest vessel in the Caribbean, while Royal Princess will sail on the line’s most popular Caribbean itineraries – the 10-day Southern Caribbean Medley and 10-day Eastern Caribbean Voyager – which can also be linked for a longer 20-day cruise.
Emerald Princess will sail on a series of four-, five- and seven- day Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages, which guests can combine to customize and create a longer Caribbean cruise, in addition to two special eight-day holiday cruises visiting either the Eastern or Southern Caribbean. Ocean Princess will offer the unique small ship cruising experience on a special 14-day holiday Caribbean cruise to exclusive ports less-frequented by larger vessels including Virgin Gorda, Tobago and St. Vincent.
Caribbean Princess will return to Houston for voyages to the Western Caribbean.
Panama Canal Cruises
Coral Princess and Island Princess will once again bring guests through the iconic Panama Canal. Guests can choose from either a 10-day voyage sailing roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale including partial transit of the canals, or a longer 15-day voyage between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles to experience the full-transit of this wonder of engineering.
Smaller ships, Pacific Princess and Ocean Princess will also join the Panama Canal line-up on several departures of a 17-day itinerary – offering a choice of ship size to see the Canal.
West Coast Cruises – Hawaii, Mexico & Coastals
On the opposite coast, four ships will be deployed from three homeports – Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver – to the tropical waters of Hawaii, Mexico and along the charming California coast.
A nostalgic 50th Anniversary cruise to Mexico, where the line first sailed, will take place on Pacific Princess departing December 3, 2015 – the same day Princess Patricia departed on its first-ever cruise in 1965. The itinerary will include a blend of some ports of call from the maiden itinerary such as an overnight call in Puerto Vallarta, as well as Mazatlán and Manzanillo, with some of our newer destinations including La Paz and Loreto located along the Baja Peninsula.
Crown Princess and Ruby Princess will become the largest sister ships to sail from the West Coast this season offering a variety of destination options including Mexico, Hawaii, and California Coastal voyages sailing from Los Angeles. Grand Princess will return to San Francisco for voyages to Mexico, Hawaii and cruises along the West Coast. Star Princess will also offer voyages to Hawaii roundtrip from Vancouver during the spring and fall, in addition to cruises sailing along the West Coast.
Crown Princess will offer a fall departure of the increasingly popular 28-day Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific itinerary which allows west coast guests to visit the idyllic South Pacific islands of French Polynesia and Samoa without a flight.
Three- and four- day Getaway voyages will return on three different ships with departures on Crown Princess and Ruby Princess, in addition to fall departures on Star Princess. Passengers will also have the option of an all-new five-day Getaway itinerary, offered in November and December on Star Princess that includes an overnight in Cabo San Lucas allowing guests more time to explore the port’s pristine waters or relax on one of the white-sand beaches.