SINGAPORE, 20 June 2019: Princess Cruises has announced Sapphire Princess will be extending her season in Asia in 2020.

This follows her sixth homeporting season in Singapore from December 2019 to March 2020, of which the highlight is the Southeast Asia Grand Adventure with Solar Eclipse cruise over the Christmas season.

Sapphire Princess will offer a host of new
itineraries comprising eight, 16, 24, and 32-day voyages in Spring 2020 which
will give guests the opportunity to sail on two Grand Asia voyages from
Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore to various destinations in Japan, Taiwan,
Southeast Asia and South Korea.

In between the Grand Asia voyages, Sapphire
Princess will undergo a two-week dry dock in Singapore in April 2020. Sapphire
Princess will be based in Shanghai for summer sailings in North Asia from May
to October 2020 when she will sail on a 21-day voyage from Shanghai to
Melbourne via Singapore.

“The grand dame of our Singapore sailings,
Sapphire Princess is popular with our guests who want to cruise in the region
and experience luxurious facilities at the same time. By offering new
itineraries such as her first transatlantic cruise, Search for the Northern
Lights and the Solar Eclipse cruise this year, Sapphire Princess continues to
delight guests looking for new cruise experiences,” said, Princess Cruises
director Southeast Asia Farriek Tawfik.

Cruise Line International Association’s
(CLIA) latest report showed significant increases in the source markets in
Southeast Asia which saw year-on-year gains in 2018, including Singapore (39.9%
to 373,000), Indonesia (54.9% to 72,000), and Vietnam (53.7% to 10,000).

First homeporting season in Australia

Sapphire Princess will be based in
Melbourne for Australian/New Zealand sailings from October 2020 to April 2021,
marking her first homeporting season in Australia.

Over 40 itineraries will be offered
covering stops which are off the beaten track such as Kangaroo Island, Arlie
Beach, Yorkeys Knob and Philip Island. Other highlights include Fjordland
National Park in New Zealand and South Pacific covering Vanuatu, New Caledonia
and Papua New Guinea.

Sapphire Princess will join four other
Princess ships – Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, Sea Princess, and Sun
Princess – for the 2020-21 season Down Under, marking the cruise line’s biggest
ever Australian summer programme, offering 123 departures on more than 70
itineraries, ranging in length from two to 35 days.

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