Cruises start closer to home

SINGAPORE, 11 October, 2017: Princess Cruises’ newest cruise ship, Majestic Princess, will board guests at close-to-home departure ports in Asia to experience destinations in the region and Australasia, starting February 2018.

The third ship in the Royal class of ships, the 3,560-passenger Majestic Princess was launched last March.

It is tailored specifically for the Asian market, representing the newest and largest ships in the Princess Cruises fleet.  The fourth Royal-class ship is scheduled for delivery in 2019.

Due to the popularity of Majestic Princess’ Asian features, the ship will home port in Taiwan with sailings to Japan from April to July 2018, after which she will be deployed in Australia from September 2018 through March 2019.

“Guests will no longer need to travel to Europe, or the Americas, to experience cruises on a Royal-Class ship renowned for offering luxury accommodation and world-class facilities.

Taiwan, Japan and Australasia are very popular cruise destinations in the region as these ports are closer to home and easy to reach, according to Princess Cruises director Southeast Asia, Farriek Tawfik.

Scheduled for February 2018, Majestic Princess will embark on a 14-day Grand Asia voyages sailing between Shanghai and Singapore, visiting Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand along the way, including late night calls in Hong Kong. The return voyage to Shanghai will depart Singapore on 11 March, 2018.

Taiwan-Japan spring sailings

From April to July 2018, Majestic Princess will  home-port in Keelung (Taipei) offering three to four-day sailings to Okinawa and Ishigaki, and five to seven-day voyages calling at an array of ports in Japan such as Kagoshima, Ishigaki, Kochi, Hiroshima and Miyazaki.

The highlight of this Taipei season will be two special six to seven-night Majestic Spring Flowers’ sailings from Taipei to Nagasaki, Sakaiminato, Busan, Kagoshima, Tokushima, Osaka and Miyazaki.

On 24 August 2018, Majestic Princess will sail on a 20-day Asia and Australia voyage from Shanghai and call into ports in South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Darwin, and Brisbane. Guests can also opt to sail into Sydney.

From September 2018 until March 2019, Majestic Princess will homeport in Sydney and offer six to 13-day itineraries, calling at ports around Australia as well as New Zealand, Fiji and other islands in the South Pacific.

Some of the highlights are the Fiordland National Park Scenic Cruising and the various ports in Tasmania.