Princess Cruises is set to send two of its grand-class vessels on their maiden voyage to the South Pacific in October – in a bid to capitalise on the growing popularity of the destination, which has become a favourite among Australian holidaymakers.
The cruise line – which currently offers cruises from Melbourne and Sydney – will offer 10-night sailings from Sydney to the South Pacific aboard the 116,000-tonne Diamond Princess and the 108,000-tonne Golden Princess from October 12th and October 18th respectively. Fares aboard both ships are priced at US$1099 per person twin share or US$799 per person quad share.
The move marks Diamond Princess’ first voyage into the South Pacific, as well as the first time Australian holidaymakers will be able to cruise aboard Golden Princess. Both ships are scheduled to stop at the same ports of call, including the islands of Lifou, Noumea, New Caledonia, Vila, Mystery Island and Vanuatu.
According to latest figures released by the Cruise Line International Association, the popularity of cruises to the South Pacific has increased in recent years – with the destination now ranked as the favourite among Australia cruise-goers.
Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand, said: “According to the latest industry statistics, more than 390,000 Australians visited the South Pacific on a cruise in 2014, representing a 19 per cent increase from the year before, so it’s just as well we’re sending some of our grandest ships to make sure Australians’ can continue their love affair with these picturesque islands.”
Princess will celebrate its 100th call to Port Vila and Noumea in September, and the arrival of the grand-class vessels In October is slated to be a prestigious moment for the cruise line.
The cruise line currently operates nine grand-class vessels in its fleet, the biggest of which weighs in at 116,000 tones and is capable of carrying 2,670 passengers. All grand-class ships feature an array of luxurious features, including a spa, private balconies and an adult’s only Sanctuary area.
Golden Princess will join Diamond Princess in the summer of 2015-16, whilst the smaller Sun Princess, Dawn Princess and Sea Princess will continue to offer year round sailings in Australian waters.
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