Ma­jes­tic Syd­ney home­port

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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.

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