Princess Cruises adds new South America and Tahiti sailings

Princess Cruises has added several new exotic cruise options in early 2014, giving passengers additional holiday choices in the popular destinations of South America and the South Pacific.

Options include a new South America grand adventure aboard Crown Princess – the first such voyage for the vessel, as well as new departures of the line’s signature Tahiti and French Polynesia cruises plus additional Hawaii and South Pacific voyages onboard Pacific Princess.

During Crown Princess’ South America debut, passengers can enjoy highlights such as an overnight call in vibrant Rio de Janeiro during the city’s famous Carnaval celebrations, sailing around legendary Cape Horn, an optional overland tour to the dramatic Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, and Princess’ first call to Ilhabela (“beautiful island”) – an island that lives up to its name with lovely beaches and natural beauty.

The new 49-day voyage, departing Fort Lauderdale on February 15, 2014, is priced from AU$5519 per person twin share. The cruise sails first to Brazil, then around Cape Horn along the Chilean Fjords and up the Pacific coast to Los Angeles. Shorter segments of 16 to 33 days are also available.

To add more of the line’s signature Tahiti and French Polynesia voyages, Pacific Princess will move to the South Pacific to offer three additional departures of this popular 10-day itinerary.

The ship will also offer new departures of a 16-day New Zealand and South Pacific sailing from Sydney to Tahiti, departing February 25, 2014 and priced from AU$2839 per person twin share.

Other new cruises include a 12-day Hawaii and Tahiti sailing from Tahiti to Honolulu, and a 10-day Hawaiian Islands crossing from Honolulu ending in Vancouver, British Columbia. Many voyages can be linked for a Grand Adventure of 22 to 26 days.

Princess Cruises executive vice president Jan Swartz said South America and the South Pacific were among the cruise line’s most popular cruises recently.

“These new voyages offer wonderful additional opportunities for passengers to explore the natural beauty and colourful cultures of these destinations,” she said.

 “Whether passengers want to meet a penguin or learn to hula, these cruises offers a great way to find the experience of a lifetime.”