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Princess Cruises from Sydney in 2016

Australian cruise passengers have benefited greatly from competition between major cruise industry leaders. Sydney has become a significant embarkation port for holidaymakers journeying to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands, and is also a fabulous port of call on world tours. Cruising is more popular than ever, and we are favoured by premium operators such as Princess Cruises basing several vessels in Sydney year-round. Princess Cruises from Sydney in 2016 provide everything from short getaways to extended vacations to some of the world’s most attractive and pristine environments.

Sea Princess aerial

Sea Princess

 

The evolution of Princess Cruises has been remarkably fast. What began as a small American cruise operator in 1965 has grown to a fleet of state-of-the-art vessels visiting more than 300 ports around the globe. Princess is a company that strikes the right balance between traditional cruising style and modern innovation, catering to every passenger demographic. The name hints at a fairytale adventure, and although catering admirably to families and young children, Princess Cruises take the satisfaction of every passenger seriously.

Sydney is a fine starting point for a Princess cruise. Majestic Sydney Harbour provides a spectacular setting for an adventure on the high seas, and there are several Princess ships setting sail to exotic destinations during 2016. Visitors to Sydney typically extend their vacation for a day or two in order to include a stopover and exploration of this vibrant Australian hub. From a ride on a harbour ferry, climb up the Harbour Bridge, or visit to a classic Australian pub or restaurant, the holiday within a holiday will tick all the boxes.

Ocean Princess

Ocean Princess

 

Princess Cruises itineraries in 2016

Options abound, and there is every chance of finding a cruise that is just right for you and your family. Princess ensure that school holidays can be a voyage of discovery for everyone, with the cruise line developing a well deserved reputation as one of the best for kids. Here are just a few of the many great Princess cruises during 2016.

2 nights on Sea Princess

Sailing date: 28 August

Ports: Sydney; Brisbane

 

3 nights on Golden Princess

Sailing date: 11 November

Ports: Sydney; Melbourne

 

5 nights on Dawn Princess

Sailing date: 1 November

Ports: Sydney; Port Arthur; Hobart

 

6 nights on Dawn Princess

Sailing date: 20 November

Ports: Sydney; Burnie; Port Arthur; Hobart

 

7 nights on Diamond Princess

Sailing date: 23 March

Ports: Sydney; Melbourne; Adelaide; Fremantle

 

8 nights on Sun Princess

Sailing date: 4 September

Ports: Sydney; Airlie Beach; Port Douglas; Willis Island; Brisbane

 

10 nights on Sun Princess

Sailing date: 11 June

Ports: Sydney; Isle Of Pines; Lifou; Mare; Noumea (New Caledonia); Vila (Vanuatu)

 

13 nights on Dawn Princess

Sailing dates: 7 April; 26 November; 9 December

Ports: Sydney; Dunedin; Akaroa; Wellington; Napier; Tauranga; Auckland; Bay of Islands (New Zealand)

 

14 nights on Emerald Princess

Sailing date: 28 November

Ports: Sydney; Mare; Noumea (New Caledonia); Port Vila (Vanuatu); Port Denarau; Suva; Savusavu; Dravuni Island (Fiji)

 

15 nights on Dawn Princess

Sailing date: 20 April

Ports: Sydney; Brisbane; Alotau; Doini Island; Kiriwina Island; Trobriand Islands; Kitava; Rabaul (New Guinea); Guadalcanal (South Pacific)

 

17 nights on Dawn Princess

Sailing date: 9 March

Ports: Sydney; Brisbane; Airlie Beach; Port Douglas; Darwin; Lombok (Indonesia); Broome; Fremantle

 

 

19 nights on Diamond Princess

Sailing date: 23 March

Ports: Sydney; Melbourne; Adelaide; Fremantle; Benoa (Bali); Laem Chabang (Thailand); Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam); Singapore

 

20 nights on Sea Princess

Sailing date: 15 May

Ports: Sydney; Melbourne; Adelaide; Fremantle; Colombo (Sri Lanka); Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

 

21 nights on Golden Princess

Sailing date: 6 April

Ports: Sydney; Brisbane; Darwin; Benoa (Bali); Singapore; Ko Samui; Laem Chabang (Thailand); Ho Chi Minh City; Nha Trang (Vietnam); Hong Kong (China)

 

These are just a sample of Princess Cruises from Sydney in 2016. Longer voyages of up to 104 nights take in the entire world, including some of the greatest port cities of Europe, America, South America, Asia, and all the wonders of the South Pacific.

Diamond Princess Calypso Reef and Pool

Calypso Reef & Pool photo by David Greenwell

 

The Princess Cruises Ships

There are quite a few Princess Cruises vessels departing from Sydney during 2016. They range in size from small to medium by today’s cruise standards, however, even the smallest Princess Cruises vessels are modern, luxurious, and built to cruise the great oceans of the world in comfort.

 

Pacific Princess

  • Passengers: 680
  • Crew: 350
  • Decks: 7

 

Dawn Princess

  • Passengers: 1,950
  • Crew: 900
  • Decks: 14

 

Sea Princess

  • Passengers: 1,998
  • Crew: 900
  • Decks: 15

 

Sun Princess

  • Passengers: 2,010
  • Crew: 924
  • Decks: 15

 

Golden Princess

  • Passengers: 2,590
  • Crew: 1,116
  • Decks: 17

 

Diamond Princess

  • Passengers: 2,670
  • Crew: 1,000
  • Decks: 18

 

Emerald Princess

  • Passengers: 3,100
  • Crew: 1,200
  • Decks: 19

 

Ocean Princess in Tahaa

Ocean Princess in Tahaa

 

The Princess style

Princess Cruises are a relatively new and growing company. This rapid growth means that Princess vessels are built with innovative features that include the option to dine anytime, enjoy big-screen movies under the stars on the pool deck, or celebrate a special event with family and friends. Multi-generational groups are accommodated in several suite and cabin styles, while gathering places onboard Princess ships are classily and regally decorated with modern styling, with features often extending over three decks.

Dawn Princess Vista Lounge

Dawn Princess Vista Lounge

 

Princess Cruises offer entertainment and onboard options around the clock, in keeping with cruising expectations of today’s passengers. Everyone also likes a little pampering and the opportunity to exercise, and Princess Cruises vessels feature well outfitted and diverse spa and fitness services that will have you toned and terrific during your vacation. In keeping with a friendly family atmosphere, Princess ships also allow friends or relatives to visit onboard for lunch and a short tour prior to departure in approved ports.

Sun Princess Atrium

Sun Princess Atrium

 

The Princess fleet has found a real interest in cruising by Australians, and Sydney is a cruise destination for travellers from around the world. It’s a perfect partnership between cruising and a beautiful harbour that provides views even the locals never tire of. The Princess Cruises ships departing Sydney are all ocean-going vessels. Cruises from Sydney in 2016 sail the Australian coast and indeed all around the world. As a company that values families and groups, Princess schedules many cruises during school holidays and the summer sailing season.

Sea Princess Sabatinis Italian Restaurant

Sea Princess Sabatinis Italian Restaurant

 

Longer cruises from Sydney on vessels such as Pacific Princess last for several months, and are enjoyed by a more mature demographic. Exploring Asia, The Pacific and Europe couldn’t be any more tempting than while visiting in style on a Princess cruise. Due to the smaller vessel, special itineraries to exotic locations larger ships can’t access are the real attraction and the icing on the cake.

Diamond Princess and Sydney Opera House

Diamond Princess photo by Jerry Dohnal

 

Princess Cruises have been warmly welcomed in Sydney as part of our festive culture. The vessels are an appealing and attractive addition in Sydney as they enter majestically and dock alongside the ferries and other boats. Cruising remains extremely competitive in price compared to other vacation styles. It’s no secret that now is a great time to take a cruise, so why search for alternative transport and accommodation when you can take it all with you on a Princess cruise? Seeing the world in luxury has never been easier, and the number of repeat passengers on Princess Cruises proves the experience is well worth it.

Robert Grant

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