Princess Cruises’ decision to redeploy the 2,670-pax Sapphire Princess for an extended Australia season from May 1, 2020, will add 44 new cruises from five major Australian cities.
Unveiling the cruise line’s expanded programme, Stuart Allison, senior vice president Asia Pacific, said: “With the ongoing uncertainty of travel restrictions and port closures in Asia impacting our cruise operations in the region, we hope that this extended deployment in Australia will benefit local tourism, particularly in regional areas with 102 visits to regional ports around the country during her year-long deployment.”
On sale from February 27, Sapphire Princess’ programme will include 171 port calls. Travellers can go on an inaugural Australia circumnavigation voyage, sailing Adelaide roundtrip with similar options from Fremantle and Sydney, and enjoy 19 maiden calls along Western Australia’s coast including Geraldton and Exmouth.
Fares departing from Perth (Fremantle) start from A$3,249 (US$2,143) per person on a twin-share basis.