Princess Cruises Unveil Short Itineraries For 2010/2011

California-based Princess Cruises has announced a series of short West Coast sailings for the 2010/2011 spring and fall cruise seasons. These itineraries range from an overnight cruise to weeklong voyages, allowing guests the chance to experience the line’s ships and their onboard facilities. 18 sailings will be offered, including special cruises to coastal wine regions, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.


7-day Wine Country Coastal

Targeted at wine lovers, this cruise offers guests the opportunity to explore the California wine regions of Santa Barbara and the San Francisco area, as well as the microbreweries of Astoria, Oregon, onboard the 116,000-GRT Sapphire Princess. To enhance the local wine focus, activities will include themed shore excursions at the ports of call, as well as presentations by special guest food and wine experts with demonstrations and tastings.


The Sapphire Princess departs from Los Angeles on 7 May 2011, calling at Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Astoria, Seattle and Victoria on its journey to Vancouver, Canada.


5-day California Coastal

Departing Vancouver on 20 September 2010, the Sapphire Princess will call at Victoria and San Francisco en route to Los Angeles.


5-day Alaska Sampler

Giving guests a taste of Alaska, the Coral Princess will depart from Vancouver on 10 May 2010. The vessel will visit Juneau and Ketchikan on the 5-day cruise before returning to Vancouver.


4-day Northwest Sampler

Sailing roundtrip from Seattle, the 30,277-GRT Royal Princess takes 710 guests on a journey through the Inside Passage, calling at the Canadian ports of Vancouver and Victoria.


Pacific Coastal

Princess Cruises has planned a series of Pacific Coastal cruises with 6 vessels sailing between 3 city pairings.


Between Vancouver and Seattle, 4 ships will embark on overnight cruises, offering first-time guests an opportunity to travel between both cities and enjoy the Princess hospitality. Sapphire Princess departs on 15 May and 19 September in 2010, while Golden Princess sails on 25 September 2010 and 14 May 2011. Royal Princess will embark the voyage on 13 September 2010 and 18 May 2011, while Star Princess will sail on 13 May 2011.


With 2 full days at sea, guests have ample time to relax and enjoy the services onboard while cruising between Vancouver and Los Angeles. For the 3-day journeys, Golden Princess will sail on 26 September 2010 and 11 May 2011, while Coral Princess departs on 18 September 2010.


On 19 May 2011, Coral Princess will sail a 4-day voyage between Vancouver and San Francisco, calling at Astoria and Victoria. Shorter 2-day options are offered by Island Princess on 4 October 2010 and 14 May 2011, with Star Princess sailing on 11 May 2011.


Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the cruise line operates a fleet of 17 modern vessels, carrying approximately 1.3 million guests each year to over 350 ports and destinations around the world.


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