Two main news from Princess Cruises within the last two days.
We are covering the update on the UK Pause and itineraries first.
Second part will be on Princess cruises announcement the exciting new 2022&2023 South America & Antarctica season
Princess Cruises to offer series of short UK Coastal cruises the upcoming summer
Due to very uncertain situation in the UK, Princess Cruises has announced yesterday that they will be launching a series of short UK cruises departing in late summer.
These short cruises will be reserved for UK guest only (similar to what MSC cruises did with Schengen nationals on MSC Grandiosa).
The itineraries will include short breaks and week-long holidays departing from Southampton on both Regal Princess and Sky Princess.
Princess Cruises will start the sale of this new itinerary, later this month, the company will also inform on the exact itineraries, dates and prices in a further update.
The Guernsey Ban announced yesterday, will surely have an impact on the choice of these itineraries.
The current planned UK season on the Island Princess, Regal Princess and Sky Princess will be cancelled until the 25 September 2021.
Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK & Europe, said: “Recent announcements from the UK Government on the roadmap to the end of lockdown has given us all optimism that we will be able to have a summer break.
When restrictions are lifted, it is clear that holidays in the UK will be the first to restart before the gradual return of international travel. We are eager to welcome our guests back onboard as soon as it is safe to do so. By offering a series of short UK breaks, we can provide guests with a relaxed holiday at sea so they can enjoy a much-needed getaway.” he continues “In order to offer these new cruises, we have unfortunately had to cancel our current ex-UK programme through late September. We share in the disappointment over these cancelled cruises and we appreciate the continued patience from our loyal guests and travel agents.”
This announcement comes on the back of P&O Cruises modifying its summer program and MSC Cruises looking into starting (awaiting confirmation) with MSC Magnifica on 14 May 2021.
Princess Cruises announces 2022-2023 South America & Antarctica Season
Princess cruises announced at the beginning of the week that their 2022-2023 Antarctica & South America cruises & cruise-tours will go on sale 10 March 2021.
The 2004 Sapphire Princess, holding 2,670 passengers, will visit 19 destinations in 10 countries on six unique itineraries.
These six cruise itineraries are divided into 4 “themes”:
1) Antarctica & Cape Horn:
Departure: 19 December 2022, 20 January 2023 / Reverse itinerary on 4 January 2023
Itinerary: 16 nights cruise visiting: Santiago, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn scenic cruising, Antarctic Peninsula scenic cruising (Elephant Island, Antarctic Sound, Deception Island, Gerlaches Strait, Neumayr Channel, South Shetland Islands and Admiralty Bay), Falkland Islands, Montevideo and Buenos Aires
Highlights: 4 days cruising the region of Antarctica. The 19 December Itinerary will cover both Christmas and New Year
2) Strait of Magellan & Cape Horn:
Departure: 5 February 2023, 5 March 2023 / Reverse itinerary 19 February 2023
Itinerary: 14 nights cruise visiting: Buenos Aires (overnight), Montevideo, Puerto Madlyn, Falkland Islands, Cape Horn scenic cruising, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Amalia Glacier scenic cruising, Puerto Montt and Santiago
Highlights: Cruising in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park around the Amalia Glacier. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
3) Andes & South America:
Departure: 02 December 2022
Itinerary: 17 nights cruise visiting: Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica, Lima (overnight), Pisco, La Serena and Santiago
Departure: 19 March 2023
Itinerary: 18 nights cruise visiting: Santiago, La Serena, Pisco, Lima (overnight), Manta, Costa Rica, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles
Highlights: optional overland trip to the Machu Picchu. Overnight in Lima
4) Grand Adventure:
Departure: 05 March 2023
Itinerary: 32 nights cruising Andes & Cape Horn visiting: Bueno Aires (overnight), Montevideo, Puerto Madlyn, Falkland Islands, Cape Horn scenic cruising, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Amalia Glacier scenic cruising, Puerto Montt, Santiago, La Serena, Pisco, Lima (overnight), Manta, Costa Rica, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles
Departure: 02 December 2022
Itinerary: 33 nights cruising Antarctica, Andes and Cape Horn visiting: Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica, Lima (overnight), Pisco, La Serena, Santiago, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Horn scenic cruising, Antarctic Peninsula scenic cruising (Elephant Island, Antarctic Sound, Deception Island, Gerlaches Strait, Neumayr Channel, South Shetland Islands and Admiralty Bay), Falkland Islands, Montevideo and Buenos Aires
For travellers that wish to combine a cruise with a land tour before or after their cruise. Princess will offer two cruise-tours for South America:
- Iguazú Falls Adventure – visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the thundering Iguazú Falls and Rio de Janeiro
- Machu Picchu Explorer – visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient Inco compound of Machu Picchu. This tour will also include a trip to the history city of Cusco