Land/Sea Vacations Now Featured in Princess' Innovative Online Searchlight
SANTA CLARITA, Calif., March 13 /CNW/ -- The ultimate traveler's wish
list might include visits to such monuments as the mysterious Machu Picchu or
the long-hidden Angkor Wat, natural wonders such as the vast Australian
Outback or the dramatic Yangtze River, and such historic spots as colonial-era
Williamsburg in Virginia or China's Terra Cotta Warriors from the Qin Dynasty.
Locations such as these -- places that stir the imagination of travelers
-- await Princess passengers with its collection of cruisetours spanning five
continents. By combining a cruise with a specially developed land journey,
Princess creates a seamless land/sea adventure encompassing many world
treasures not easily accessible on a cruise alone. Princess passengers can
select from 14 global cruisetour itineraries in such diverse locations as
Asia, Australia, Canada/New England, Europe and South America. In addition,
the line features more than 20 cruisetour choices in Alaska.
Cruisetours are easier than ever to choose as they've now been added to
Princess' innovative Searchlight online tool. This quick, intuitive system
makes finding the perfect cruisetour a breeze by searching for the ultimate
vacation with just a few mouse clicks. The revolutionary function can search
simultaneously by a variety of criteria -- including destination, date, ship,
travel sequence and duration -- and instantly displays the results to help
pick out the best cruisetour option in seconds.
"Cruisetours add an exciting extra dimension to a cruise vacation,
turning it into an adventure of a lifetime," said Jan Swartz, Princess' senior
vice president of customer service and sales. "They enable travelers to
explore beyond their ship to visit some of the world's most amazing inland
Princess worldwide cruisetour choices include:
Australia -- Four different tour options await passengers headed "down
under." Combined with a 12-day Australia and New Zealand cruise or a 31-day
Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific Voyage, these land tours take passengers to
some of continent's undisputed wonders, starting with tours around
cosmopolitan Sydney, including its world-famous Opera House and Bondi Beach.
Those who want to explore the extensive Great Barrier Reef will enjoy a high-
speed catamaran tour of this living marvel. Other tour options include visits
to the famed Uluru (Ayers Rock), and a new tour to majestic Kakadu National
Park, featuring extensive wetlands, diverse wildlife and the largest number of
accessible Aboriginal sites in Australia.
Bangkok and Angkor Wat -- Dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, the
legendary Angkor Wat temple complex was abandoned by the Khmer civilization in
1431 and appeared lost to the world until it was rediscovered in 1860 when a
botanist stumbled upon it deep in the jungle. After years of civil war,
Angkor Wat -- one of the world's most important archaeological sites -- is
once again open to travelers and forms the highlight of Princess' new "Bangkok
and Angkor Wat" cruisetour. Passengers taking this unforgettable journey
have the opportunity to explore the best of this fascinating part of Southeast
Asia, with a six-night tour featuring stays in Bangkok, the northern city of
Chiang Mai, and Cambodia's Siem Reap. In addition to the stunning Angkor Wat
temples, visitors will enjoy sites such as Bangkok's Golden Buddha Temple, a
cruise on the Chao Phraya River, and an elephant camp near Chiang Mai. This
tour combines with a 16-day Bangkok/Beijing cruise for a full 23-day
China -- The splendor of the world's most populous country will impress
travelers on two custom-designed Princess cruisetour itineraries that combine
with a Beijing/Bangkok or Bangkok/Anchorage sailing. Both options feature the
opportunity to explore the capital city of Beijing, including such highlights
as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall and the Summer Palace.
Participants also travel to Xian to walk along the excavation pits housing
thousands of life-size Terra Cotta Warriors -- one of the most significant
archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Plus one cruisetour itinerary
also features a three-night cruise through dramatic gorges of the legendary
South America -- Two South America tour options offer passengers the
opportunity to visit the famous ruins of Machu Picchu or Rio and the dramatic
Iguazu Falls. Passengers on a Princess Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan cruise
or Antarctica and South America Adventure can choose to add one or even both
options to their vacation for an opportunity to fully explore some of the
continent's most talked about sites. Travelers headed to Peru's mystical
"Lost City of the Incas" at Machu Picchu will also explore Cusco, the cradle
of the Incan Empire, as well as the bustling capital city of Lima. On the Rio
and Iguazu Falls cruisetour, visitors will enjoy the city sites and beaches of
Brazil's legendary city, plus will contemplate the majesty of the more than
two miles of falls that cross the Brazil/Argentina border.
Europe -- Three European adventures take passengers beyond the
continent's seaports to explore Ireland, Tuscany or the Danube region.
Connecting with British Isles or Northern Europe cruises, the Ring of Kerry
tour includes travel through some of the Emerald Isle's most inspiring
landscape with visits to Shannon, Killarney and Cork. Expanding on Princess'
Scandinavia and Russia sailings, the Cathedrals and Castles of Imperial Europe
tour features four capitals that have figured prominently in history --
Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Berlin. Meanwhile, for travelers in the
Mediterranean, the "Under the Tuscan Sun" tour highlights the charms of Italy
with visits to Florence, Siena and Milan.
Canada/New England -- Passengers exploring the tradition and natural
beauty of fall foliage season in New England and Canada can also travel back
through historic America with a tour through Washington, D.C., Williamsburg,
Richmond and Charlottesville, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia and New
York. Or they may choose to see more of Canada with travel to Montreal,
Ottawa, and Toronto.
Alaska Cruisetours -- Princess' most extensive cruisetour lineup features
10- to 16-night land/sea vacations in the heart of "The Great Land." All
Princess Alaska tours offer at least two nights at either of the two Denali-
area Princess wilderness lodges, ensuring that travelers enjoy more time among
the wilderness and wildlife they came to see. Passengers can travel directly
to their Princess lodge from the ship with Princess' exclusive Direct to the
Wilderness rail service. Princess' Alaska cruisetours include accommodation
at the line's five exclusive wilderness lodges, with scenic riverside settings
in some of the state's most desirable locations.
Additional information about Princess cruisetours is available through a
professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the
company's website at http://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
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