Enjoy a royal visit to Europe on Dawn Princess

Australian travellers will be able to take in the best of Europe in royal style next summer, with Princess Cruises launching three new ways to explore the continent onboard its superliner Dawn Princess.

Part of Dawn Princess’ 2013 Grand Europe World Cruise, the newly-released voyages range from 21 to 37 days, with all featuring Italy’s stunning capital of Rome at the start or finish of the journey.

Under the offerings, travellers can immerse themselves in the Mediterranean with a 21-day roundtrip cruise from Rome, visiting 14 ports as they soak up the beauty of Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and Turkey.  Featuring a two-day visit to Venice and scenic cruising through ANZAC Cove, the voyage departs Rome on August 14, 2013 and is priced from $3999* per person twin share.

Cruisers can also join the ship’s voyages between Australia and Italy, marvelling at the sites of Asia and the Middle East as they enjoy all the comforts of Dawn Princess.

Departing July 13, the  32-day cruise from Sydney to Rome visits Indonesia, Singapore,Thailand, Maldives and Egypt before transiting the Suez Canal enroute to Italy and the wonders of Europe. Prices start from $3999* per person twin share.

Also on offer is the ship’s 37-day cruise from Rome to Sydney through the Western Mediterranean and Asia, which includes visits to a range of UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Petra and Malta as well as the option of an overland shore excursion to the Taj Mahal in India. Departing Rome on September 4, prices start from $5999* per person twin share.

Princess Cruises’ Commercial Director in Australia, Alan Stuart, said the new itineraries gave travellers the opportunity to enjoy the many fantastic highlights of Europe from the comfort of an Australian ship.

“The number of Australians choosing to explore Europe by ship continues to rise, with last year’s figures up 30 per cent on the previous year, as more and more travellers discover cruising is the most relaxing way to take in the beauty, history and culture of the region,” Mr Stuart said.

Dawn Princess offers dining and entertainment tailored for Australians, while its onboard pricing is in Australian dollars. Other features of the ship include the tranquil Sanctuary retreat and Princess’ signature Movies Under the Stars, providing great movies poolside on a giant screen.