Princess Unveils New Fleet Deployment Plans Through April 2023
Princess Cruises announced new deployment plans for the United States with a return to homeport cruising in Galveston, Texas, starting in December 2022, and San Diego starting in September 2022. The cruise line is planning a return to service in Australia with Coral Princess starting in June 2022 following indications local authorities are becoming more comfortable with cruising in the region.
“Deploying these three ships to service over the next two months will mark the return of the entire Princess fleet, once our highly anticipated return to Australia is approved by local authorities,” said John Padgett, Princess’ president. “Returning a ship to San Diego gives more options for our west coast guests and Galveston makes a Princess cruise easily accessible to millions of Texans.”
After six years, Princess returns to homeport cruising from Texas with Ruby Princess sailing from December 2022 to April 2023 on a series of cruises from Galveston ranging from five to 11 days, calling mainly at destinations in the Western Caribbean. The ship will also sail through the Panama Canal on two 16-day, ocean-to-ocean transits between Galveston and San Francisco. Cruises will be on sale April 7, 2022.
From September 2022 through February 2023, Princess will return to San Diego with Diamond Princess joining its fleet of West Coast-based ships with a series of new cruise itineraries ranging from five to 16 days and calling at ports along the Mexican Riviera, California Coast, and the Hawaiian Islands. In addition, the ship will sail a 20-day cruise to Central America, roundtrip from San Diego in November 2022. These cruises will go on sale March 24, 2022.
Royal Princess will move to San Francisco for the West Coast 2022-2023 season, with round-trip cruises to Hawaii, Mexico and the California Coast. Arriving in September 2022 after completing its Alaska season, Royal Princess will initially sail from San Francisco along with Ruby Princess. In December 2022, Ruby Princess relocates to Galveston and Royal Princess becomes the official hometown ship of San Francisco for the remainder of the 2022-2023 season. These cruises go on sale April 7, 2022.
In anticipation that Australian federal and state governments will soon welcome the return of cruising, Princess also announced plans for Coral Princess’ return to service in June 2022, with round-trip Brisbane itineraries ranging from three- to 12-days in length and calling to destinations in Queensland and New South Wales. In August, Coral Princess will reposition to Sydney and depart on a new 12-day voyage calling on Queensland and the Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea, before resuming its previously announced Australia & New Zealand program for the 2022-2023 season. In addition, Majestic Princess will sail round-trip from Sydney on a new Queensland voyage in February 2023 at the end of her already published season. Full details will be announced on March 17 and Australia cruises will go on sale March 23, 2022.
As a result of these changes, previously published itineraries through April 2023 will be cancelled on Diamond Princess and Royal Princess to Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, as well as two Ruby Princess Panama Canal sailings in February 2023 and select voyages on Majestic Princess in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific from February 2023 to May 2023. Guests and travel advisors affected by these cancellations will be notified.