Princess Cruises will visit Mexico, South America, and Asia in 2019 and 2020. Royal Princess will offer 27 total departures in Mexico while Diamond and Sapphire Princess sail 45 departures in Asia, and Coral and Island Princess visit South America on 14 departures.
Royal Princess will offer 27 total departures including seven-day Mexico itineraries, plus opportunities offering guests more time in port with an overnight in Cabo San Lucas on every 5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaway sailing.
As the only cruise line to sail year-round out of San Francisco, Princess also offers Grand Princess roundtrip 10-day Mexico itineraries in 2019. Star Princess will make her return to the west coast in 2019 as well, featuring 10-day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez with roundtrip departures out of Los Angeles with an overnight in Cabo San Lucas.
Developed in collaboration with Bill Esparza, author and expert on Latin American cuisine, the line’s shore excursion offerings along the west coast will take guests on culinary adventures featuring the local flavors of the region. Esparza has developed culinary shore excursions for Princess in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta.
“Developing excursions for Princess guests presented a unique opportunity to provide exposure to local chefs and flavors from Latin America that can only be found on the west coast,” said Esparza. “I wanted to present guests with new ingredients, off the beaten path experiences and personalities from around the region to provide the most authentic look into this part of the world.”
Guests booking Mexico cruises will also be introduced to Mexico through onboard programming including live mariachi performances, an authentic Mexican buffet, culinary demonstrations, margarita making demonstrations, tequila tastings, local crafts and activities, and a celebratory Mexican Fiesta event.
With 45 departures departing November 2019 through May 2020, sister ships Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess take guests to experience the exotic cultures and sites of Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, South Korea, Malaysia and more.
Diamond Princess sails from Japan in search of fall colors around Kyushu, Honshu and Shikoku. Diamond also sails to Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands and between Tokyo and Singapore over the holidays. A special 15-day departure to Hong Kong, Taiwan and beyond will be available on January 20, 2019 over the Lunar New Year.
Sapphire Princess homeports from Singapore sailing to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and beyond. The unique opportunity for the Annular Eclipse departs on Dec 17, 2019.
Princess Cruises will offer 14 departures in South America, including voyages sailing to Antarctica. As part of the lineup, a 58-day South America voyage circumnavigates the continent and offers the opportunity to visit Easter Island, Rio’s Carnival, Machu Picchu, Iguazú Falls, Patagonia, and more.
Coral Princess and Island Princess cover the entire continent for the 2019-2020 season, featuring three departures to the Antarctic Peninsula for scenic cruising, departing aboard Coral Princess December 20, 2019, January 5 and 21, 2020.
“South America is a highly-desired destination for our guests with so many landmarks and cultures to explore,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “This upcoming season also marks our return to Antarctica which we know is a huge draw for travel seekers and has been voted a top place to visit.”
Guests also can choose to book a pre- or post-cruise land tours, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites Iguazu National Park in both Brazil and Argentina, or discover the “Hidden City of the Incas” in Machu Picchu, Peru.
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