Princess Cruises has substituted Roatan, Honduras, for Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on its Crown Princes itineraries in the Caribbean during the 2009-2010 season.

During the season, the cruise line will sail six ships in the region on 13 seven- to 14-day itineraries; with the new calls in Roatan, more than 25 ports will be visited.

Princess said that its selection process for ports of call is based on passenger surveys.

"At the conclusion of each and every cruise, we ask passengers to rank the ports on their sailing based on both whether it was important to them in the purchase decision for the cruise, and also whether it delivered to their expectations," Princess said. "We are also continuously looking at our itineraries to determine how they can be enhanced, both from a marketing and delivery standpoint.

"Based on all these factors, Roatan has been added as a Caribbean port on our western Caribbean sailings."

The Crown Princess will operate 27 western Caribbean itineraries from featuring Roatan, as well as Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Princess Cays, the line's private island. The sailings will depart Fort Lauderdale from Nov. 7, 2009 through May 8, 2010.

The rest of the schedule includes:

  • The Emerald Princess will sail a new eastern Caribbean itinerary from Fort Lauderdale.
  • The Ruby Princess, which makes its debut this fall, will sail from Fort Lauderdale and take over the line's 10-day eastern and southern Caribbean itineraries.
  • The Caribbean Princess will continue to sail alternating seven-day southern Caribbean sailings out of San Juan.
  • The Grand Princess will sail a new 11-day southern Caribbean route and a 14-day Caribbean route, both from Fort Lauderdale.
  • The Sea Princess, after opening the season with a seven-day sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados, will operate a series of 14-day trips from Barbados.

To contact reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].

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