(12:40 pm EDT) — Majestic Princess, the newest ship from Princess Cruises and the first to be built for the Chinese market, will debut in 2017 with a series of Mediterranean voyages.
The 3,560-passenger ship, which will be a sister vessel to Royal Princess and Regal Princess, will hold its inaugural sailing April 4, 2017, with a five-night maiden voyage to the Adriatic Sea from Rome (Civitavecchia). The ship will then sail a series of seven-, 14-, 21- and 28-night itineraries departing Barcelona, Athens and Rome before heading to Asia.
The line also released the rest of its 2017 European itineraries, which include maiden calls for the line in Haugesund (Norway), Oban (Scotland), Siracusa (Sicily, Italy), Ulvik (Norway) and St. Tropez (France).
“Princess is known for offering the best cruise itineraries around the globe, and our 2017 Europe season is sure to inspire our guests with our newest and largest ships in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We’re especially excited to debut Majestic Princess in the Mediterranean before she officially sails to Asia for her maiden China cruise season.”
Royal Princess will join Majestic Princess in the Mediterranean, while Regal Princess returns to Northern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia, along with Crown Princess and Pacific Princess. A new Pacific Princess Baltic Heritage itinerary includes overnights in Stockholm and St. Petersburg, sailing from Dover.
The 2017 Europe season marks the line’s largest British Isles season ever, with 12 departures on Caribbean Princess and two on Pacific Princess; the latter includes late-night stays in Edinburgh to visit the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.All 12-night British Isles cruises include a new late-evening stay in Belfast and the option for an overnight in Dublin on select departures from Southampton.
Crown Princess and Pacific Princess will also sail North Cape voyages to the Arctic Circle during the peak midnight sun period around the summer solstice. Iceland and Norway itineraries will give passengers a chance to visit the Shetland Islands.