Princess returns to Australia and reveals US homeports

Princess returns to Australia and reveals US homeports

Galveston, San Diego and Australia are all key destinations for the line

Princess Cruises has announced its deployment plans for cruises from the USA, with Ruby Princess homeporting in Galveston and Diamond Princess based in San Diego. With Australian authorities due to lift the country’s ban on international cruising in April, the line also plans to resume service in Australia with Coral Princess starting to sail from June 2022.

Princess Cruises president John Padgett said: “Deploying these three ships to service over the next two months will mark the return of the entire Princess fleet, once our highly anticipated return to Australia is approved by local authorities. Returning a ship to San Diego gives more options for our west coast guests and Galveston makes a Princess cruise easily accessible to millions of Texans.”

Alongside revealing a number of new sailings, Princess has also cancelled some previously published itineraries. These include Diamond Princess and Royal Princess’ itineraries in Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific, as well as two Ruby Princess Panama Canal sailings in February 2023. Select voyages on Majestic Princess in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific from February 2023 to May 2023 will also be cancelled and affected guests affected will be notified.

Among the new plans, Ruby Princess will return to homeport at Galveston from December 2022 to April 2023 on a series of five to 11 night cruises, calling mainly at destinations in the Western Caribbean. The ship will also sail through the Panama Canal on two 16-night, ocean-to-ocean transits between Galveston and San Francisco.

From September 2022 until February 2023, Diamond Princess will be joining the fleet of west coast-based ships, homeporting in San Diego and offering a series of new itineraries ranging from five to 16 nights. They will call at ports along the Mexican Riviera, California Coast, and Hawaiian Islands. In addition, the ship will sail a 20-night cruise to Central America, roundtrip from San Diego in November 2022. 

Royal Princess moves to San Francisco for the west coast 2022/2023 season, with roundtrip cruises to Hawaii, Mexico, and the California coast. Arriving in September 2022, after completing the Alaska season, the ship will initially sail from San Francisco along with Ruby Princess. 

In December 2022, Ruby Princess relocates to Galveston and Royal Princess becomes the official homeport ship of San Francisco for the remainder of the 2022/2023 season. 

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