Princess ships come sail­ing in with 2019 Euro­pean itin­er­ar­ies

Top des­ti­na­tions will leave guests want­ing ‘to come back year af­ter year’

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If you’re plan­ning a cruise to Europe, Princess Cruises (cruise. cen­ter/princess) has good news. The pop­u­lar line just an­nounced its 2019 Euro­pean cruise and cruise tour itin­er­ar­ies, which fea­ture six ships sail­ing to 130 des­ti­na­tions in the Mediter­ranean and North­ern Europe.

In to­tal, Princess will op­er­ate 211 sail­ings in Europe for the 2019 sea­son. These will visit 37 dif­fer­ent coun­tries and will of­fer ex­tended time ashore in 30 ports of call, in­clud­ing five overnight ports of call.

“Europe is a des­ti­na­tion our guests want to come back to year af­ter year,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises and Carnival Aus­tralia group pres­i­dent.

“Our 2019 itin­er­ar­ies of­fer so many de­sired Euro­pean des­ti­na­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences that will leave our guests in­spired and changed by the lo­cal cul­ture, food, land­scape and charm of these iconic places.”

Sail­ing to Europe in 2019 are the pretty sis­ters Crown Princess and Emer­ald Princess. No strangers to Euro­pean wa­ters, these 3,080-guest ships are among the line’s best ships, with plenty of bal­cony state­rooms, open deck spa­ces, and at­trac­tive pub­lic rooms. Crown Princess is par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy in 2019, as she in­au­gu­rates brand new Bri­tish Isles cruises that leave round-trip from Dublin, Ire­land; Southamp­ton, Eng­land; or Le Havre (for Paris), France.

Both ships are joined by the petite Pa­cific Princess, which re­turns to Green­land, Ice­land, Nor­way, the Shet­land Is­lands and the Faroe Is­lands on con­ve­nient round-trip sail­ings from Dover, Eng­land. In ad­di­tion to her Green­land voy­ages, Caribbean Princess will also of­fer a unique 16-day Canada & Green­land cruise sail­ing round-trip from New York.

The pop­u­lar Sap­phire Princess heads to Europe in 2019, where she will op­er­ate pri­mar­ily out of Southamp­ton. It will be the sec­ond sea­son for Sap­phire Princess in Europe, af­ter her de­but sea­son out of the U.K. in the new year.

In ad­di­tion to the ship’s West­ern Europe and Mediter­ranean itin­er­ar­ies, Sap­phire Princess of­fers some great back-to-back com­bi­na­tion voy­age pos­si­bil­i­ties. Guests can for ex­am­ple, book the 10-day Euro­pean Ex­plorer sail­ings from Rome (Civ­i­tavec­chia) and Lon­don (Southamp­ton) with the 27-day Mediter­ranean & South­east Asia voy­ages that run be­tween Rome and Sin­ga­pore, cre­at­ing an epic 37-day In­dian Ocean & Europe Grand Ad­ven­ture.

Princess will also be of­fer­ing four dif­fer­ent tour pack­ages for the 2019 Euro­pean sea­son, al­low­ing guests to ex­tend their cruise va­ca­tions with an on-land com­po­nent. These pre- and post-cruise pack­ages are avail­able in most turn­around ports, and in­clude over­land jour­neys through Ire­land, Spain, Italy, and such key in­land cities as Budapest, Prague and Vienna.

Also com­ing to Europe in

2019 is Princess Cruises new­est ship, Sky Princess. The jus­tan­nounced sis­ter ship to Royal and Re­gal Princess will make her de­but in the Mediter­ranean in Oc­to­ber 2019, with an in­au­gu­ral sea­son of 10 cruises op­er­at­ing eight dif­fer­ent itin­er­ar­ies.

Princess does a re­ally great job in Europe. Even if you’re not a fan of “big ships,” don’t let the num­bers put you off: Princess’s big ships are de­signed with a mul­ti­tude of smaller lounges and pub­lic rooms that all help make them feel cosy and com­fort­able. In the past, I’ve sailed aboard Coral, Golden, Star Crown and Emer­ald Princess, to name a few, and have al­ways won­dered where all the peo­ple are. Aboard the lat­ter two, few guests ever seem to find the fan­tas­tic Ada­gio Bar, and the same can be said of the fab­u­lous Lo­tus Spa Pool, with its en­er­getic, swim-against-the-cur­rent fea­ture.

The Princess fleet re­ally ex­cels in Europe, how­ever, be­cause of the sheer num­ber of bal­conies and open decks avail­able on these ships. It’s perfect for scenic cruis­ing the fiords of Nor­way, or sail­ing around the Greek Is­lands; all things you’ll want to be up on deck for.

But what re­ally sets Princess apart, how­ever, is just how ex­otic its itin­er­ar­ies get. Few other lines, for ex­am­ple, of­fer the pos­si­bil­ity to visit ex­otic lo­cales like Green­land and the far reaches of Ice­land at this price point.

Princess’s 2019 Euro­pean cruises and cruise tours go on sale on Dec. 14. Guests with elite sta­tus as part of Princess’s Cap­tain’s Cir­cle Club of past pas­sen­gers can make their reser­va­tions one day ear­lier.

Happy cruis­ing.

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