Princess opens books on summer 2013 cruises


Princess Cruises began taking bookings for its 2013 summer season, when it will deploy seven ships in Europe and seven in Alaska.

The new Royal Princess, due to enter service in June 2013, will be deployed on 12-day Mediterranean cruises between Barcelona and Venice.

Some new itineraries are being offered. The Ocean Princess will operate a new 14-day Iceland-Norway voyage that visits remote ports in Iceland and Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands.

The Ruby Princess will debut three seven-day Mediterranean routes sailing from Venice, Athens or Rome that can be combined into 14- or 21-day voyages.

Thirteen Holy Land cruises aboard the Pacific Princess will offer opportunities for overland exploration in Israel and Egypt.

In Alaska, the line will feature five itineraries, including Inside Passage cruises from Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver.

Three ships (Diamond Princess, Sapphire Princess and Island Princess) will operate the line’s Gulf of Alaska route between Vancouver and Whittier.

Twenty cruise-tours, ranging from 10 to 15 nights, also are offered.

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