Princess introduces all-inclusive cruises and brings Royal back to UK

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An all inclusive package will be available on one of Princess Cruises‘ UK-based ships for the first time next year.
The offer, which forms part of the company’s 2015 Europe programme, will be available on ten sailings in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe on board Caribbean Princess. The 3,000 passenger ship will set sail from the UK during spring and summer next year.
Other highlights include a reduced deposit of £99 per person on all Europe cruises and an increased number of sailings across the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
The cruise line has also revealed that Royal Princess, launched last year by Kate Middleton, will return to the UK for spring and summer 2015. It will be in direct competition with P&O’s Britannia and Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas in the fight to attract British passengers.
The ship will sail out of Southampton for a series of British Isles round-trips, including calls to Guernsey, Cobh, Dublin, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Belfast. She will additionally tour the Baltic Sea on a 12-night cruise in June next year, visiting Copenhagen, Stockholm and St Petersburg.
Paul Ludlow, Princess Cruises managing director UK and Europe, said: “2015 is all about choice as our Europe-based ships will make 150 departures and visit over 120 destinations. European cruises are booming in popularity and as such we’ve provided something for everyone, including destinations and packages to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets.
“The return of Royal Princess will be a special moment, as it is the first time she will be deployed from these shores after being launched by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. It is particularly fitting that Royal Princess will sail round-trips of the UK, as it will give people across the country the opportunity to welcome a ship that was so warmly received here last year.
The 2015 itineraries will be on sale at travel agents from Monday, March 11. Highlights:
Caribbean Princess: Between April and September, Caribbean Princess (3,114 passengers) will undertake 10 sailings from Southampton to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, with a complimentary drinks package on bookings made between Tuesday March 11 and Monday June 30, 2014. There are four 14-night Mediterranean Adventurer cruises, one 14-night North Cape Summer Solstice departure in June to the Arctic Circle, and one seven-night Scandinavia cruise, departing from Southampton via Copenhagen. Fares from £979pp.
Royal Princess (3,560 passengers) will return to the UK for the first time since the naming ceremony in June 2013, sailing out of Southampton from May – September 2015. She will undertake11 sailings around the British Isles ranging from 12 to 27-nights in duration. Two departures will offer the opportunity to visit the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. There will also be one 12-night Baltic Heritage cruise, including an overnight in St. Petersburg. Fares from £1,419pp.
Regal Princess (3,560 passengers), joining the fleet in May this year, will sail her first season in Northern Europe, sailing 12 11-night Scandinavia and Russia cruises with the options for passengers to fly to join the ship in Copenhagen, Warnemunde or St. Petersburg. Fares from £1,429pp.
Emerald Princess (3,114 passengers) and Island Princess (1,974 passengers) will be based in the Mediterranean for a series of cruises ranging from even to 28 nights.
Island Princess is not big enough to fall foul of the restrictions being imposed on ships visiting Venice and will operate a 12-night Grand Mediterranean itinerary which includes an overnight in the city. Emerald Princess features a new deployment of 14-day Medley cruises covering the length and breadth of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, and visiting 33 destinations in 12 countries. The ship will also operate 21- and 28-day voyages to the Greek Isles, the Black Sea, and the Western Mediterranean, also available in seven-day sectors from Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul and Rome. Fares from £849pp.
Ocean Princess (688 passengers) returns to Dover for a selection of Northern Europe cruises. One Iceland and Norway cruise visits off-the-beaten track ports in Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Three eight-night British Isles cruises include an overnight stay in Edinburgh. There will also be a 16-night Land of the Midnight Sun cruise visiting Spitsbergen, Norway. Fares from £1,239pp.

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