Princess increasing South America sailings for 2008-2009 season

Princess Cruises said it will operate three ships -- the Pacific Princess, the Royal Princess and the Star Princess -- in South America during the 2008-2009 season, marking its largest deployment there to date.

The line will offer 21 departures on six different itineraries, Princess said, including two new itineraries: a 12-day sailing on the Royal Princess between Fort Lauderdale and Guayaquil, Ecuador, and a 14-day Cape Horn sailing between Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, Chile, on the Star Princess.

The Star Princess will return to South America, offering Cape Horn, Straits of Magellan, Antarctica and Andes cruises, Princess said, while the Pacific Princess will operate nine Amazon cruises, three more its sister ship, the Royal Princess, will offer in early 2008.

The Royal Princess will sail two of the new 12-day voyages between Fort Lauderdale and Guayaquil, Ecuador, that will offer optional cruise-tours to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu, Peru.

"We're excited to be growing our presence there," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises senior vice president of customer service, in a statement. "We were an early pioneer of this cruise destination and now we're offering an even broader range of ways to explore these fascinating parts of the continent, including the Galapagos, which is a truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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