Celebrity, Princess Cruises Unveil Europe Deployments For 2012

Travellers looking to cruise Europe in 2012 will benefit from a greater choice of itineraries and ships following deployment announcements by 2 major USA-based cruise lines. Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises have unveiled their largest sailing programmes in Europe, with a combined total of 12 vessels operating in the continent.


Celebrity Cruises

Miami-based Celebrity Cruises is sending 4 of its newest vessels (Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Silhouette and Celebrity Solstice), as well as the Solsticized-Celebrity Constellation to cruise Europe in 2012. Together, the ships will sail 19 distinct itineraries from 6 departure ports and call at over 70 different destinations, including 8 ports (Akureyri, Bari, Catania, Fuertoventura, Klaksvik, Koper, Ravenna and Skijolden) that are new to the line.


Based in Southampton, Celebrity Eclipse will offer 4 unique 14-night summer itineraries to the Canaries and Azores, Iceland and the Norwegian fjords, the Mediterranean, as well as Russia and Scandinavia. Sister ship Celebrity Equinox will homeport in Civitavecchia, sailing 10- and 11-night Eastern Mediterranean cruises with port calls in Greece and Turkey. From May to mid-August 2012, Celebrity Silhouette will cruise the Mediterranean, operating a series of port intensive roundtrips from Venice, as well as open-jaw cruises between the city and Rome, before offering 8 Holy Land sailings ranging from 11 to 14 nights from Civitavecchia.


The 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice, cruising out of Barcelona, will sail 12-night Mediterranean roundtrips from the Spanish city, while the smaller Celebrity Constellation operates a combination of itineraries north to the Arctic Circle, Norwegian fjords, Russia and Scandinavia from Amsterdam. The ship will also operate 3 port-intensive, 12-night Greek Isles and Turkey cruises and a trio of 12-night Holy Land sailings that each feature 3 days in Israel.


For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com.


Princess Cruises

With nearly half its fleet of 17 ships cruising Europe in 2012, Princess Cruises is set to offer one of the most comprehensive programmes for the continent. The line is deploying 7 vessels (Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Emerald Princess, Grand Princess, Ocean Princess, Pacific Princess and Ruby Princess) to sail 57 distinct itineraries calling at 116 different ports.


The 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess will homeport in Southampton, sailing a variety of 7- and 12-day itineraries exploring the British Isles, Iceland and Scandinavia, while the Grand Princess’ voyages from the British port range from the short 3-day Western Europe Sampler roundtrip to 17-day Mediterranean & Adriatic roundtrips. The Copenhagen-based Emerald Princess takes guests on 11-day Scandinavia & Russia roundtrips from the Danish capital, with open-jaw 12-day sailings operated by sister ships Crown Princess (Greek Isles & Mediterranean between Civitavecchia and Venice) and Ruby Princess (Grand Mediterranean voyages between Barcelona and Venice).


Princess Cruises will also have 2 smaller ships, the 680-passenger Ocean Princess and Pacific Princess, sail in Europe. The former will operate a range of Northern European sailings from Dover before moving to Civitavecchia and Athens for her Mediterranean cruises, while the latter will remain in Southern Europe throughout the season to provide Holy Land and Mediterranean sailings, with debut calls at Korcula and Nessebar.


For more information, visit www.princess.com.

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