Princess Cruises is updating its fleet deployment and adding two U.S. homeports – San Diego and Galveston – to the lineup. The cruise line also plans to resume sailings in Australia with Coral Princess in June 2022.
Princess Cruises has announced new deployment plans for cruises from the United States with a return to homeport cruising in Galveston, Texas starting in December 2022, and San Diego starting in September 2022. Princess is also planning a return to service in Australia with Coral Princess starting in June 2022 following indications authorities are becoming more comfortable with a return to service in the region.
“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,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “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.”
Cruises from San Diego – Diamond Princess
From September 2022 through February 2023, cruising in California expands with a return to San Diego. Diamond Princesswill be joining the fleet of west coast-based ships with a series of brand-new cruise itineraries ranging from five to 16 nights and calling at ports along the Mexican Riviera, California Coast, and Hawaiian Islands. In addition, the ship will sail a unique 20-night cruise to Central America, roundtrip from San Diego in November 2022.
New San Francisco Hometown Ship – Royal Princess
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, Royal Princess 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.
Princess Returns to Galveston – Ruby Princess
After six years, Princess returns to homeport cruising from Texas. Ruby Princess will sail from December 2022 to April 2023 on a series of cruises from Galveston ranging from five to 11 nights, calling mainly to 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.
Return to cruising in Australia – Coral Princess
In anticipation that Australian Federal and State Governments will soon welcome the return of cruising, Princess is announcing plans for Coral Princess return to service in June 2022, with roundtrip Brisbane itineraries ranging from three- to 12-nights in length and calling to destinations in Queensland and New South Wales. In August, Coral Princess will position to Sydney and depart on a new 12-night voyage calling to Queensland and the Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea, before resuming the previously announced Australia & New Zealand programme for the 2022/2023 season. Additionally, Majestic Princess will sail roundtrip from Sydney on a new Queensland voyage in February 2023 at the end of the already published season.
As a result of these changes, previously published itineraries through April 2023 on Diamond Princess and Royal Princess to Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific, as well as two Ruby Princess Panama Canal sailings in February 2023 and select voyages on Majestic Princess in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific from February 2023 to May 2023 will be cancelled. For more details visit Princess Cruises.