Majestic Sydney homeport
PRINCESS Cruises’ newest ship, the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess will call Australia home for six months from Sep next year, in what will be the company’s largest single ship deployment as part of its 2018/19 Australia and NZ program ( CW breaking news).
Revealed yesterday to trade and media, Majestic Princess will arrive in Sydney following its first full season in China in 2018.
Debuting in Italy earlier this month, the 143,000-tonne ship has 20 restaurants & bars, four of which are unique to Majestic, including two created by Michelinstar chefs - Harmony and La Mer.
Over 80% of her staterooms are private balconies.
“We’re thrilled to be welcoming our newest, most stylish & most luxurious flagship to our shores,” said Princess Cruises vice pres Australia/NZ, Stuart Allison.
Majestic is also the third ship in Princess’ Royal class, joining both Regal Princess and Royal Princess.
Both Regal and Royal are set to be configured with Carnival Corp’s Ocean Medallion wearable technology that enables pax to personalise their experience.
Allison told Cruise Weekly the Medallion product would need to be adapted for the China market for Majestic, and that it could be the first Princess ship to offer the tech to the Australian market.
“I’m hopeful one of the ships will have it down here. Watch this space,” Allison added.
Princess Cruises’ 2018/19 program, which will go on sale on 27 Apr, also features three local favourites, Golden Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess.
The program will offer close to 100 cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle and Auckland.
MAJESTIC Princess will offer 16 sailings in Australia and New Zealand as part of the ship’s debut season in this region, running from Sep 2018 until Mar 2019.
The deployment of Princess Cruises’ newest ship to ANZ waters is in response to commercial demands from this market, with Australian cruisers Princess’ number one int’l market for the last few years, vp of ANZ Stuart Allison told Cruise Weekly.
“Australians spend more nights on a Princess ship than they do on any other cruise line.
“Really for us, it was the next step after bringing a bigger ship like Emerald to Australia,” he said, referring to the 2016/17 season in which Princess achieved a 75% y-o-y increase in pax numbers.
Based from Sydney, Majestic will offer a range of round-trip and one-way cruises to New Zealand, as well as to Fiji and Tasmania.
Repositioning cruises from Shanghai and to Hong Kong will top-and-tail her deployment.
Fares are priced from $1,499 per person twin share for a balcony room on a six-night cruise to Tasmania departing 18 Nov 18.
Pictured on Emerald Princess in Sydney for the announcement of Majestic Princess coming down under are Allison and Carnival Corp exec chairman Ann Sherry.