Princess Cruises has announced that 2021 will see its longest ever season sailing from the UK and Europe.
Tony Roberts, vice president UK & Europe of Princess Cruises, said: “Europe continues to go from strength to strength as the destination of choice for UK guests and we are thrilled to be able to offer our longest season in history.
“We will offer more choice than ever before, with UK guests able to take advantage of a huge range of fantastic destinations sailing from right on their doorstep.”
The season will include a total of nearly 500 days of cruising from the UK in Southampton across three ships: Grand Princess, Island Princess and Crown Princess. This marks a 9% increase on the respective 2020 season.
Meanwhile, Princess Cruises’ two newest ships, Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess, will be based in northern and southern Europe respectively, bringing the total of European cruise days up to almost 1,000.
New voyages for 2021
Grand Princess will be undertaking several new voyages, including a 24-day Canada & New England voyage, a six-day school half term cruise in May to Guernsey, La Rochelle (for Cognac) and Bilbao, and an eight-day Scandinavian voyage to Kristiansand, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Oslo.
Spending a season sailing out of Southampton from June to October, Island Princess will similarly offer some new sailings. These include a 10-day Oktoberfest European capitals cruise and a 24-day Grand European Explorer cruise.
Crown Princess will sail the British Isles from April to October on 14 Southampton sailings, calling at destinations such as Liverpool, Dublin, Orkney Islands and Edinburgh.
After being delivered in October this year, Sky Princess will spend April to September 2021 sailing a Scandinavia and Russia roundtrip from Copenhagen.
While Enchanted Princess, which will be named in Southampton in June 2021, will sail across the Mediterranean from April to October via Rome, Athens and Barcelona, taking in the likes of Mykonos, Santorini, Kotor, Florence and Istanbul.
Every ship based in Europe during the 2021 season will feature the award-winning OceanMedallion, which has been designed to deliver an entirely new level of service.
Crown Princess was the latest ship to be OceanMedallion activated, going live with the technology in Southampton, UK, yesterday.
On OceanMedallion enabled ships, guests can expect innovations such as a faster, more streamlined check-in process, touchless stateroom entry, a family and friends locator, and an interactive voyage timeline among the innovative enhancements.
“Having five MedallionClass ships based in Europe, including our latest vessels, Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess, is a testament to Princess Cruises’ commitment to offering UK guests new onboard experiences, premium services and a wealth of holiday options,” adds Roberts.
All Europe 2021 voyages go on sale on 14 August. Princess Cruises’ Elite guests will be able to book from 9am on 13 August. On both 13 and 14 August, guests can pay a £1 deposit on any of the UK and Europe 2021 sailings.
For more information or to book, visit princess.com.