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Small ship cruising with Princess from close to home? Get ready for it.

Small ship cruising with Princess from close to home? Get ready for it.

Cruise enthusiasts living Down Under have some exciting developments to look forward to next year: Princess Cruises has just announced that it is bringing the beautiful Pacific Princess back to New Zealand and Australia in December 2020. Sailing to 80 destinations in 25 countries over 15 itineraries, Pacific Princess has all the enticing holiday options you could hope for. This boutique-style ship accommodates just 680 guests, providing a wonderfully intimate onboard atmosphere. The combination of this small ship style cruising (unique amongst the Princess fleet) and the limited number of available cabins mean that Pacific Princess sailings are likely to sell out far faster than the average Princess cruise.

Pacific Princess will be cruising around Australia, New Zealand, South America and the South Pacific islands from December 2020.

There’s a whole lot more to this announcement than just the return of a beloved Princess cruise ship. With the arrival of Pacific Princess comes a wide range of itineraries which will spark the imagination of even the most experienced cruiser.

Amongst the most exciting standouts of Pacific Princess’ season Down Under are an all new 21 night Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands voyage featuring maiden ports, a New Zealand Connoisseur sailing and Princess Cruises’ longest ever Circle South America sailing (82 nights from Auckland, 90 from Sydney plus several overnights including one in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival).

A few more highlights of Pacific Princess’ time in the region include:

  • More Ashore Late Night stays in 6 different ports
  • Access to more than 10 spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites (with options to visit world famous sites like Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls and the Galapagos Islands.
  • A generous array of maiden ports such as Gizo Island, Iron Bottom Sound (scenic cruising), Stewart Island and Kaikoura.

Before arriving on New Zealand shores, Pacific Princess will also be sailing 10-night Tahiti and Polynesia itineraries (always a popular choice for Kiwi cruisers) followed by a Tahiti-Sydney repositioning cruise.

Given their limited capacity, the best spots on Pacific Princess sailings are sure to book up in no time at all, so make sure you check out her sailings and book yourself a spot aboard a Princess ship like no other. Princess Cruises Elites can book these in-demand sailings from 11 July, while everyone else will be able to seize their spot aboard the Pacific Princess from 12 July.

From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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