One of the world’s leading cruise lines, Princess Cruises has announced details of its biggest ever Brisbane season as cruising in Queensland continues to boom.
The cruise line’s new 2015-16 itineraries include nine months of cruises from Brisbane, with its 2000-passenger Sun Princess to be based in the city from August to November next year and sister ship Sea Princess sailing from the Queensland capital from November 2015 to April 2016.
The move reflects the increasing popularity of Princess Cruises’ holidays from Brisbane.
Princess Cruises debuted in Queensland in 2011 when it launched its first summer season of Brisbane cruises on Sun Princess. Demand for its cruises has continued to grow over the past three years, confirming Queensland’s position as Australia’s second biggest cruise state after New South Wales. Latest industry figures indicate that Queenslanders account for almost 22 per cent of Australian cruisers.
The extended Queensland season is a highlight of the new program which also features Princess Cruises’ first summer season in Fremantle and the Australian debut of the 2600-passenger Golden Princess, which will be the biggest ship ever to homeport in Melbourne.
Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the record fleet would increase the cruise line’s local capacity by 35 per cent in 2014 compared to 2015, cementing Princess Cruises’ position as the nation’s biggest cruise line, with Australians now spending more nights onboard Princess Cruises’ ships than on any other line. With a record five of its 18 ships sailing in Australian waters, Princess Cruises ranks Australia as its number one market outside America.
Mr Allison said Queenslanders had embraced the premium style of Princess’ cruising.
‘With its northerly location, fantastic weather and its proximity to so many beautiful destinations, Brisbane makes a great homeport so we’re very pleased to be able to expand our sailings in this latest program,” Mr Allison said.
Both Sun Princess and Sea Princess will offer a range of cruises to Papua New Guinea, the South Pacific, Queensland, New Zealand as well as a new China & Japan sailing roundtrip from Brisbane in April 2015. Fares start from $1,119pp for a seven-night Queensland cruise or $1,629pp for a 10-night cruise to Papua New Guinea.
For more information and bookings see a licenced travel agent, call 13 24 88 or visit princess.com
*Fares are per person twin share. Subject to availability, conditions apply