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.
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.