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Princess Cruises to the Land of the Midnight Sun

Published: Tue 8 Sep 2015 01:33 PM
Princess Cruises Takes Australians to the Land of the Midnight Sun
Holidaymakers will be able to escape winter and head to the Land of the Midnight Sun in 2017, when Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess embarks on the first ever cruise from Down Under to visit the Arctic Circle.
In keeping with Princess Cruises’ focus on new destinations and experiences for its guests, the history-making itinerary will take guests to four ports in the Nordic region and Arctic Circle as part of a 104-night global circumnavigation.
Princess Cruises said Sea Princess would visit 39 ports in 26 countries after setting sail from Auckland on May 16, 2017. Cruising via the Middle East to Europe and the United Kingdom, Sea Princess will make memorable calls to the Lofoten Islands (Gravdal), Tromso, Honningsvag and Akureyri in the Arctic Circle before visiting North and South America and the islands of the Pacific on her return to New Zealand.
Roundtrip departures are available from Auckland with fares priced from NZ$23,099 for the full world cruise.
The cruise line has also launched the itinerary for its second 2017 world cruise, a Circle Pacific itinerary which for the first time will be offered on a Grand-class Princess ship, the magnificent Golden Princess,
Departing Sydney on May 19, 2017, the 71-night cruise will take holidaymakers to China and Japan before heading north to the waters of Alaska. For a truly memorable experience, guests will enjoy an overnight stay in Vancouver on Canada Day to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the confederation before heading to San Francisco for spectacular Fourth of July fireworks over the Golden Gate Bridge. Golden Princess then sails to Los Angeles and San Diego before returning to Auckland via Hawaii and Tahiti. Fares for the cruise are priced from NZ$15,729 per person twin share.
Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the cruise line prided itself on offering exciting longer itineraries to its guests.
“2017 will mark 10 years since our first world cruise from Down Under and we’re thrilled to be able to take our guests to new destinations in the Arctic Circle on this itinerary. These voyages provide a wonderful way to travel the globe in comfort while experiencing different lands and cultures - and without the need to spend foreign currency, as shore excursions and onboard services are all in Australian dollars,” Mr Allison said.
The new 2017 itineraries are in addition to the previously announced 84-night roundtrip South America cruise from Australasia on Sea Princess departing January 2017.
Other highlights of the 2017 winter program include:
• A 35-night voyage to Hawaii and Tahiti on Golden Princess roundtrip from Auckland. Departing July 29, 2017, the cruise is priced from NZ$6489 per person twin share.
• 10-night voyages to the South Pacific from Brisbane on Sun Princess, featuring Curtis Stone’s new restaurant SHARE, with fares from NZ$1649 per person twin share.
• Two voyages from Fremantle, direct to South East Asia with a 15-night Indonesia and 12-night Treasures of Asia voyage, priced at NZ$2529 and NZ$2199 respectively per person twin share.
For more information, visit a licensed travel agent, call 0800 451 133 or visit www.princess.com
*Subject to availability.

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