Unusual Experiences Include Visits to an Ice Bar, Race Car Factory, Film
Studio or Historic Winery
SANTA CLARITA, Calif., April 18 /CNW/ -- Whether travelers want to follow
in the steps of "The Godfather" in Sicily, feel like a Nobel Prize winner for
a day in Stockholm, or learn how wine was made in ancient Pompeii, Princess
offers nearly 200 new shore excursion options to add unforgettable experiences
to their European vacation.
The new additions to the line's comprehensive Adventures Ashore(R)
program offer distinctive options for food enthusiasts, wine and spirit
lovers, historians, art aficionados, pilgrimage seekers, race car fans, movie
lovers, families and explorers of all kinds. In total, Princess offers a
comprehensive lineup of more than 800 intriguing tour choices throughout
"Whether they want to relax on a dazzling beach in Greece, 'chill out' in
Stockholm's Ice Bar or nourish their inner speed demon at the Ferrari and
Lamborghini factories in Italy, our passengers may have trouble choosing
between all of the wonderful tours debuting this season," said Bruce Krumrine,
Princess' vice president of shore operations. "Our Europe cruises just keep
getting richer with experiences and exploration for our passengers, and this
year we're unveiling a truly remarkable program of excursion options for our
In addition to the many new tours, this year Princess also debuts a new
tool in its shore excursion booklets -- a handy "Excursions at a Glance"
section. This feature categorizes each port's tours into one of four types --
Explorer (full-day tours), Traveler (half-day excursions), Adventurer (for
active travelers) and Elite & Overland (Elite Collection tours offer an
intimate group setting, while Overland tours offer unique, multi-day
experiences). Found in the front of each Europe shore excursion booklet, this
chart offers an easy way for passengers to choose which tours best fit their
plans for each port day.
Among the many new tours debuting this season are:
Unique Experiences -- Several tours offer unusual opportunities to
experience something different:
Be a Nobel Prize Winner for a Day in Stockholm -- For those enchanted by
the idea of winning an illustrious Nobel Prize, this private tour includes a
visit to the Nobel Museum in Stockholm's original Stock Exchange building,
following the path of history for Nobel Laureates. An exclusive lunch is
served in the intimate City Hall Cellar Restaurant, recreating the most recent
menu presented to the Nobel prizewinners, right down to the same table
Commune with Italian Racing Legends Ferrari & Lamborghini (Ravenna) --
Fans of fast cars have a unique opportunity to visit the sacred ground of
motor sports: the factory museums at Ferrari and Lamborghini. Visitors will
explore the history of both premier automakers as well as view historic and
exotic cars. In addition, lunch is served in the famous Ferrari Restaurant
near the factory grounds.
Choose Your Sport in Finland (Helsinki) -- Active travelers can choose
their perfect sport on the triple-option Haikko Manor Sport Activity
Adventure, offering a choice of hiking, Nordic walking and bicycling. No
matter which they pick, passengers will set off from a dramatic 14th century
monastery that has been converted to a luxurious hotel and spa.
Raise a Glass: Passengers can toast their vacation in a number of
unusual settings with a variety of beverage options:
Absolut Ice Bar and the Old Town (Stockholm) -- Travelers can get in the
"spirit" of Sweden with a visit to the world's first permanent ice bar, where
they don fur ponchos and mittens to taste vodka served in ice glasses amidst a
23 degree F lounge. The 2 1/2 hour tour also includes a narrated stroll
through Gamla Stan, the birthplace of Stockholm more than eight centuries ago.
Cider Museum & Historic Locronan (Brest) -- Sample Brittany's most
celebrated product with a visit to the Cider Museum in Argol. Passengers will
become familiar with all the stages of traditional cider production and be
able to taste Breton cider and liqueurs accompanied by pancakes. Travelers
will also visit Locronan with its 17th century buildings that have provided a
backdrop for several films including Roman Polanski's "Tess."
Uncover Pompeii's Wine Secrets (Naples/Capri) -- Travelers can go back in
time not only with a special visit to areas of Pompeii not often seen by
visitors, but also with a taste of truly "vintage" wine. Passengers on the
Unexplored Pompeii and its Wine Secrets tour will enjoy the unique opportunity
to visit the Mastroberardino winery, which has a special permit to plant
grapes inside the excavations of Pompeii using the same methods of 2,000 years
ago. Each year they produce only 1,800 bottles of "Villa dei Misteri" wine --
making it not only one of the most refined worldwide wines, but also a piece
For Movie Lovers -- Several new options will appeal to fans of the
Nordisk Film Studio and Carlsberg Brewery (Copenhagen) -- Film buffs will
love the opportunity to visit the world's oldest movie studio, which was
founded in 1906 and continues to produce films and television shows today.
Passengers will also explore another local product with a visit to the nearby
Carlsberg Brewery, where they can learn about the fine art of brewing and
sample the results.
In the Steps of the "The Godfather" (Messina) -- An opportunity to go
behind-the-scenes in two locations used by Francis Ford Coppola in filming
"The Godfather" -- Savoca, which appeared in "The Godfather, Part II" and
Forza d'Agro, which was used in both the original movie and "Part III."
Passengers will also enjoy typical Sicilian refreshment at Bar Vitelli in
Savoca, which also houses a small collection of photographs from the film
London & The Da Vinci Code (Dover) -- Travelers can follow in the
footsteps of Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu on a guided walking tour of
London inspired by the book and movie "The Da Vinci Code." Guides help fans
separate fact from fiction as they explore Temple Church, Westminster Abbey
and the National Gallery.
Grand Personalities -- Explore the lives -- and houses -- of many of
history's most colorful figures:
In the Steps of St. Patrick (Belfast) -- Walk in the footsteps of the
world's most celebrated saint. Participants will learn more about the epic
story of Ireland's patron saint with a visit to the St. Patrick Centre, and
they can pay tribute with a visit to the saint's grave. They can also explore
the oldest ecclesiastical site in Ireland, where legend has it that Patrick
preached his first sermon.
Charles Dickens and Victorian London (Dover) -- London was as much a
character in Dickens' novels as Nicholas Nickleby. Passengers can explore
major sites from Dickens' works as well as important places in his life with a
guided walking tour that includes visits to the Dickens House Museum and lunch
at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese -- believed to be the tavern described by Dickens
in "A Tale of Two Cities."
Chekhov's House and Concert (Yalta) -- Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov
wrote two of his greatest plays -- "The Cherry Orchard" and "Three Sisters" --
while living in Yalta. This tour will take passengers inside the writer's
life with visits to sites mentioned in his works as well an opportunity to
tour his house, known as the White Dacha, which still holds the original
furnishings and many of his personal effects.
Grand Overland Adventures -- For a more in-depth experience in select
locations Princess offers multi-day Grand Overland Adventures which includes
at least two full days of travel, hotel accommodations and meals. Passengers
disembark the ship in one port and rejoin it in another, giving them extra
time to really acquaint themselves with a destination. Two new overland tours
debut this season:
The Holy Land Experience -- Traveling between the ports of Asdod and
Haifa, these new extended excursions give passengers an in-depth look at the
major holy sites and attractions of Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem plus a
visit to a kibbutz. The tour includes an overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Grand Brussels Overland -- Passengers can more fully explore Belgium's
cultural and historic treasures with this two-day journey between Rotterdam
and Zeebrugge. Highlights include the romantic canals of Bruges, the famous
three towers of Ghent, the capital of the European Union and the battlefield
where Napoleon met his Waterloo. Guests will enjoy an overnight visit to
Family Fun -- Princess adds a several new tours designed with families in
Family Adventure with Boat Trip (Istanbul) -- Family members will revel
in this opportunity to sail along the Bosporus in a private yacht for stunning
views of Istanbul, including the grand Ottoman palaces. They'll also travel
to the old city to visit the Blue Mosque and the Underground Cistern, plus
enjoy refreshments at an authentic Turkish tea house and shopping in the Grand
Family Adventure Ephesus and Beach Club (Kusadasi) -- Families can
explore the remarkable ruins of ancient Ephesus together, followed by an
afternoon at a private beach club. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the
opportunity to sunbathe, comb the beach, or swim in the crystalline waters.
Swimming in Greece -- Special family swimming outings are now available
in many of Greece's most scenic ports. All ages will enjoy the opportunity to
take a dip in the blue Aegean waters and relax on some of the country's best
beaches and seaside resorts. Tour options include Swimming at Kourouta Beach
(Katakolon), Swimming at Platis Yialos (Mykonos), Corfu Beach Tour, and
Swimming at Tsambika Beach (Rhodes). Families can also enjoy a beach break in
Italy with the Sorrento and the Lido (Naples/Capri) tour.
Princess shore excursions can be reserved in advance through the line's
innovative Cruise Personalizer on www.princess.com or by phone, providing
passengers with the comfort of knowing they're confirmed on their preferred
tours before they sail, with the added convenience of having tickets ready and
waiting in their stateroom on arrival.
Princess' 2007 Europe season offers the widest variety of itineraries and
ships in the industry, with 81 departures on 31 unique itineraries, calling at
110 ports. Five ships sail in Europe this season, ranging from 710 to 3,070
passengers, to destinations as varied as Iceland and Egypt. Two vessels,
Royal Princess and Emerald Princess, make their Princess debuts, as do five
new boutique itineraries, featuring four new European ports and Princess'
return to the Holy Land. Passengers can choose from Royal Princess' new Elite
Mediterranean itineraries, Emerald Princess' debut in the idyllic
Mediterranean, Grand Princess in northern Europe, Star Princess in the Baltic
region and Sea Princess sailing a variety of one- and two-week itineraries
from Southampton. The extended Europe season runs through December 3, 2007.
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 17 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).
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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.
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