Princess Cruises will base five ships in Australia next year, marking the company’s biggest ever seasonal commitment to the country.
For its 2015-16 summer season, the company’s Golden Princess liner will join the Diamond Princess in Australian waters, while the Sun Princess will return to the country in winter, along with the Dawn Princess and Sea Princess.
For the 2,600-passenger Golden Princess, this will mark its first ever season Down Under. The vessel will be based in Melbourne for five months, sailing a series of voyages to New Zealand, the South Pacific and Tasmania.
“Golden Princess’ larger size means she has a host of wonderful features. More than half her staterooms have private balconies, while she also offers a beautiful spa, four swimming pools and 10 restaurants and cafes, so we think she’ll be very popular with Victorians,” said Princess Cruises’ vice president for Australia & New Zealand, Stuart Allison.
The record deployment will increase the cruise line’s Australian capacity by 35% in 2015 compared to 2014. In total, the five vessels will operate 80 cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Fremantle and Auckland.