Princess Details Its Most Expansive Europe Season Ever for 2008



    
    A Record Six Ships Cruise to More Ports Than Ever Before, With Eight New
    Destinations, 32 Unique Itineraries, and New Classical Europe Route
    

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif., March 29 /CNW/ -- An unprecedented selection of
European cruises awaits Princess passengers in 2008, presenting travelers with
a delightful dilemma.  Should they luxuriate among the sun-drenched shores of
the Greek Islands, or lose themselves in the splendor of a czar's palace?  Do
they want to walk where gladiators once marched or hike through rugged
highlands?  Marvel at the pyramids of Egypt or kiss the Blarney Stone? Explore
the Holy Land, Black Sea or Arctic Circle?
    Princess' 2008 season offers something for every European explorer's wish
list, with six ships callings at over 115 ports throughout the continent --
more than ever before.  Eight new ports debut -- including such untouched
locales as Albania -- as well as five new itineraries, including a new
Classical Europe option that combines the best of Scandinavia/Russia with the
Mediterranean in a single cruise -- so that for the first time travelers won't
have to choose between visiting St. Petersburg or Florence.
    Next year Princess features its largest fleet in the region, with six
vessels -- from 670 to 3,070 passengers -- sailing on 87 departures of 32
unique itineraries, ranging from seven to 23 days in length.  The Europe
season begins April 12 and runs through November 28, 2008.
    Two ships make their European debuts -- Crown Princess, which brings
extra capacity to favorite Scandinavia/Russia itineraries, and Pacific
Princess, which offers an intimate cruise experience throughout the
Mediterranean, including a significant increase in Holy Land sailings.  In
addition, Royal Princess returns with an all-new schedule and Emerald
Princess' sails once again throughout the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, Grand
Princess showcases both Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and Sea
Princess sails on a selection of one- and two-week Mediterranean and Northern
Europe itineraries from Southampton.
    "Exploring Europe with Princess is the perfect way to see these dream
destinations, with visits to both the marquee 'must see' treasures of the
continent as well as a number of unique, out-of-the-way places," said Jan
Swartz, Princess' senior vice president.  "Whether our passengers are excited
to experience the glory of Rome or be the only person on their block to have
visited Albania, our program offers more choices than ever for the perfect
European escape."
    Eight new ports will tempt those with a yearning for adventure, including
Sarande, Albania featuring the remains of the ancient Greek and Roman city of
Butrint and the Ottoman town of Gjirokastra, the nation's two UNESCO World
Heritage Sites; Dartmouth, a charming seaside town at the heart of Devon in
the UK; Harwich, a convenient alternative port for visits to London; Bornholm
(Ronne), a scenic Danish island; and Scrabster in the very north of Scotland,
a convenient jumping off point for visits to the Scottish Highlands and the
charming Castle of Mey.  Passengers on transatlantic sailings will also be
able to explore new ports on the way to or from Europe with visits to Banjul,
capital of The Gambia offering wildlife sightings, colorful markets and
intriguing local villages; Horta, a small village in the Portuguese Azores
Islands; and St. Anthony, Newfoundland, offering an opportunity to go whale
watching or visit Viking ruins at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site,
another UNESCO site thought to be one of the earliest European settlements in
North America.

    Princess' 2008 Europe season includes:

    Royal Princess Classical Europe -- Royal Princess combines an intimate
710-passenger cruising experience with a schedule of three all-new
itineraries, including a sailing to the best of classical Europe between
Stockholm and Rome and two extended transatlantic sailings.

    Pacific Princess' Elite Mediterranean and Holy Land -- The 680-passenger
Pacific Princess makes its Mediterranean debut by taking over many of Royal
Princess' itineraries to unique places such as Albania, Croatia, Montenegro
and Bulgaria, and featuring the line's most sailings ever to the Holy Land.

    Emerald Princess in the Mediterranean -- Emerald Princess returns for a
second season offering her 3,070 passengers the opportunity to enjoy Princess'
favorite Mediterranean and Greek Isles itineraries, including its signature
Grand Mediterranean route and two different choices for luxuriating in the
sunny islands of the Aegean.

    Grand Princess in Northern Europe, Mediterranean and Egypt -- Offering
one of the most diverse schedules, the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess not only
offers cruises through the dramatic Norwegian Fjords, the remote beauty of
Iceland and the charming British Isles, but it also heads for the wonders of
Egypt, the lovely Greek Isles and some of the most sought-after ports in the
Mediterranean.

    Crown Princess in Scandinavia & Russia -- The 3,070-passenger Crown
Princess makes her European debut with sailings to these favorite
destinations.  With two itinerary options, passengers can choose to visit Oslo
or Berlin in addition to the highlights of Scandinavia and two full days in
St. Petersburg.

    Sea Princess from Southampton -- Sea Princess again offers her 1,950
passengers a series of different one- and two-week voyages with convenient
roundtrip departures from Southampton.  Travelers will visit the
Mediterranean, Iberian Peninsula and Scandinavia with these popular
itineraries.

    Passengers can add to their European adventure with a choice of
cruisetour options offered in conjunction with Grand Princess, Emerald
Princess, Crown Princess and Pacific Princess sailings.  These fully escorted
tours include "Under the Tuscan Sun," highlighting Florence, Siena and Milan;
"Cathedrals and Castles of Imperial Europe," featuring four capitals --
Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin; and the "Ring of Kerry," with visits to
Shannon, Killarney and Cork.  All tours are designed to mesh seamlessly with
Princess' cruise itineraries for a complete land/sea vacation.
    Early booking fares for Europe cruises start at $1,640 per person, based
on double occupancy.
    For full itinerary information on Princess' 2008 Europe season, visit
http://www.princess.com/news/article.jsp?newsArticleId=na868
    Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a
professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the
company's website at www.princess.com.

    
    About Princess Cruises:
    
    One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global
cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 15 modern ships renowned for
their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.  A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the
opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings
to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 102 days.  The
company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE:   CCL; LSE; NYSE:   CUK).

    Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America,
Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.
Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value,
our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together
we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.

    News, background information and photography are available 24/7 at
www.princess.com/news.





For further information:

For further information: Julie Benson, +1-661-753-1530, 
jbenson@princesscruises.com, or Karen Tetherow Candy, +1-661-753-1540, 
kcandy@princesscruises.com, both of Princess Cruises Web Site:
http://www.princess.com

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