Posts Tagged ‘princess cruises’

Majestic Princess Substitutes Sydney For Shanghai.

April 13, 2017

(Courtesy Princess)

Princess Cruises has announced that their latest ship, Majestic Princess, which was tailored for the Chinese market, will be based in Sydney over the 2018-2019. She will not be cruising year-round in China, home-porting in Shanghai, China, as previously announced.

This 143,000 gross tonne, 3,560-passenger vessel, is the third Princess ship in their ‘Royal Princess’ class (although P&O’s Britannia is also based on the same design). She is sporting the new Princess hull art, complete with the ‘Sea Witch’.

Majestic will become the largest Princess vessel ever to serve Australian waters.

As well, in 2018, Princess will move the Sapphire Princess out of the Chinese market and re-deploy the ship to Europe.

(Princess Cruises)

Malcolm says: with all the major cruise lines sending ships to China, perhaps a lack of bookings has caused Princess Cruises to come to the conclusion the Chinese market is not yet mature enough to support all of the new tonnage. Fortunately, unlike hotels, ships are mobile and be sent to where the demand is.

Majestic Princess Delivered

April 6, 2017

Majestic Princess (Courtesy Princess Cruises)

Princess Cruises  took delivery of the first purpose-built ship for the Chinese cruise market, the Majestic Princess on the 30th March, 2017.

Italian ship-builder Fincantieri delivered the vessel at the Monfalcone shipyard, in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni.

The 143,000 gross tonne Majestic Princess can accommodate up to 4,250 passengers.

Majestic Princess is the third ship in the ‘Royal Class’, being the sister of 2013’s Royal Princess and 2014’s Regal Princess.

P&O’s Britannia (2015) is also a very similar design to the Princesses ‘Royal Class’ ships.

(Princess Cruises)

Sapphire Princess review: HERE

Royal & Sapphire Princess to Homeport in Southampton, 2018

November 18, 2016

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Princess Cruises has revealed that Royal Princess — christened in Southampton by the Duchess of Cambridge in 2013 — will return to the U.K. in 2018 to mark the ship’s fifth anniversary.

See full Cruise Critic article: HERE

Malcolm says: This is interesting news. P&O’s Britannia is of course essentially the same ship as Royal Princess and will operate form Southampton for part of 2018. However they are both Carnival brands, so whichever one you might choose, Carnival win.  Carnival also own Cunard as well, providing a third Carnival-brand choice form Southampton..