Princess Increases Strength in Caribbean

Backing up its commitment to become a major cruise operator in the Caribbean, Princess will launch its most extensive season there ever in Autumn 2004, with six of its largest and newest vessels sailing throughout the region.
The new 2004-05 schedule represents a dramatic 75 percent increase in Caribbean capacity from the season before, and features the youngest fleet sailing in the region.
Featuring 152 departures on 16 unique itineraries with 26 different ports of call, Princess will offer four seven-day and two 10-day ships sailing the Caribbean between October 2, 2004 and April 24, 2005. Highlights of the season include the new Caribbean Princess, a host of new itineraries, a new port of call in Belize, and a new home port of Galveston.
“This is an unprecedented expansion in the Caribbean for us,” said Dean Brown, Princess` executive vice president of customer service and sales. “We will offer a unique Caribbean experience, with our emphasis on ‘big ship choice with small ship feel,` the highest percentage of balcony staterooms and the youngest fleet in the destination. We like to call it the only truly royal experience in the Caribbean.”
Four ships - Caribbean Princess, Grand Princess, Golden Princess and Star Princess - will offer seven-day itineraries, including two different routes in each of the Caribbean`s main regions—Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Plus, the popularity of Princess` 10-day itineraries has prompted the company to nearly double the number of departures on these extended vacations, and offer two new itineraries. Both Dawn Princess and Sun Princess will sail on alternating 10-day cruises.
The newest vessel in the fleet, Caribbean Princess, sports such features as a poolside movie screen, a new Caribbean-themed alternative restaurant, and nearly 900 cabins with balconies—more than on any other cruise ship sailing year-round in the Caribbean.
Early booking fares for Princess` 2004-05 Caribbean season begin at US$549 for seven-day sailings and US$899 for 10-day cruises.