Princess Cruises Explores New Territory

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Already a star among travelers for its slew of exciting and novel itineraries that span the globe, Princess Cruises is again offering new options for 2011 travelers. From Bora Bora to Vigo, the cruise line has expanded its choices with additional shore excursions and Connoisseur tours, as well.

Among the new alternatives aboard the Sapphire Princess is a lovely 7-day California Coastals itinerary that departs from Los Angeles and visits Santa Barbara, San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico (home to several vineyards) that starts at just $549 pp on a late-September departure. Also available on this ship is the 28-day Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa, which calls at Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai, Maui, Pago Pago, Apia, Bora Bora, Moorea and Papeete. Departing on Oct. 22, it starts at $3,495 pp.

It’s this attention to discovering new ports and keeping clients old and new excited that has won Princess its seventh win in Recommend’s Readers’ Choice Awards as Best Cruise Line—Itineraries.

“Bringing passengers to fascinating destinations around the world has long been one of our hallmarks and we are committed to enabling our passengers to explore fascinating destinations around the globe,” says Jan Swartz, Princess’ executive v.p. of sales, marketing and customer service. “It’s wonderful to win Recommend’s award seven years in a row and to see that travel agents continue to think of Princess first when asked to pick their favorite line for itineraries.”

The Princess circuits are branching out to offer even more to clients, as in the case of the new Ancient Petra and the Dead Sea cruisetour, a 16-night getaway that combines a 4-night tour of Jordan with 12 nights aboard the Pacific Princess, all starting at $5,399 pp on a Nov. 11 departure. The cruise portion of the trip visits Patmos, Santorini, Kusadasi, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Port Said, Alexandria, Sorrento and Civitavecchia.

The Crown Princess has two new Caribbean itineraries of seven days each sailing between November and April 2012. The Western Caribbean route departs from Ft. Lauderdale and visits Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel (starting at $799 pp), while the Southern Caribbean option stops at Princess Cays, Curaçao and Aruba (starting at $649 pp). They can also combine both. In Cozumel, travelers can sign up for one of the cruise line’s intimate Connoisseur options of no more than 20 participants—a thrilling simulated yacht race around a shortened America’s Cup course. In Curaçao, meanwhile, clients can sign up for one of Princess’ new shore excursions—a visit and hike through various trails along Christoffel Mountain, the island’s largest national park and conservation area. The most adventurous of the bunch can try their hand at the 3-hour trek to Curaçao’s highest point at 1,239 ft. for incredible panoramic views.