Princess to deploy fewer ships in Europe

By Johanna Jainchill
Princess Cruises will reduce the number of ships it positions in Europe in summer 2014, to five from seven this year, with two vessels moving to Alaska.

The cruise line will base five ships in Europe next summer, including its two newest and largest vessels, the upcoming 3,600-passenger Royal Princess and its sister ship, the Regal Princess, to be named in June 2014.

Princess said it would reduce its Holy Land itineraries to Turkey, Israel and Egypt in 2014 by moving the 680-passenger Pacific Princess to Alaska for the season.

The 3,080-passenger Crown Princess, sailing out of Southampton, England, this summer, will also move to Alaska in 2014.

Princess will offer more British Isles cruises in summer 2014, with the 3,080-passenger Ruby Princess offering 12-day British Isles cruises out of Southampton and the 680-passenger Ocean Princess offering cruises to both Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, including eight-day British Isles cruises.

"With Regal Princess' debut we will have our two newest and largest vessels sailing on our most popular routes in Europe," Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises' executive vice president, said in a statement.

The Royal Princess will offer 11-day Scandinavia and Russia cruises next summer, including two days in St. Petersburg.

The Regal Princess will debut on June 2, 2014, with a seven-day inaugural voyage from Venice to Barcelona, visiting Kotor, Montenegro; Rome; Florence/Pisa, Italy; and Toulon, France.

The 3,100-passenger Emerald Princess also will be based in Southampton and offer sailings to the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Canary Islands.

Princess will make three maiden calls during the 2014 Europe season in Alta, Norway; Salerno, Italy; and Jersey, Channel Islands.

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