The many ships of the Princess Cruises fleet will find themselves in different waters for the coming season and beyond. In late JUN, the company announced the 2021/2022 positioning of five ships off the west coast and today, bookings officially began for SEP 2021 through APR 2022.
It was already anticipated that Discovery Princess, scheduled to appear later in 2021, would sail on the West Coast, and she will, starting in spring of 2022. The big news was the decision to have the Majestic Princess sail a seven-night Mexican Riviera itinerary starting in fall of 2021. Could this be an indication that Princess is leaving China, in favour of North America?
There’s no doubt the West Coast will play a huge role in the Princess Cruises comeback, with this morning’s announcement that Majestic Princess will sail from Seattle for an inaugural Alaska season. Five other ships will sail from California in 2021/2022 not only bound for Mexico, but also for Hawaii, with Grand Princess and Sapphire Princess sailing roundtrips from Los Angeles, and Ruby Princess offering roundtrips from San Francisco. There will also be various Princess ships offering Coastal Cruises on the west coast but we’re still waiting to hear the plans for the East Coast. It may be that we’ll see five ships on the west and five ships on the east.
All of Regal‘s published Seattle Inside Passage departures from MAY to SEP of 2021 will be sailed by Majestic, with the single exception of a cancelled five-day Alaska sampler. Regal will be busy in her own right, sailing from Southampton as the summer 2021 replacement for Grand Princess, but her South Pacific Crossing will be cancelled, as will two of Grand Princess’ seven-day Europe cruises. Instead, Grand Princess will sail the West Coast for a 2021 summer exploring Mexico and the California Coast, departing from Los Angeles. More details to follow soon, so stay tuned!