Princess Cruises To Homeport Ship Year – Round In San Francisco

Princess Cruises has announced that it will base one of its 16 cruise ships year-round in San Francisco for the first time. The recently-renovated Grand Princess will homeport in the city from May 2013 to offer a series of Alaska cruises, followed by sailings to the Hawaiian islands, Mexico and the Californian coast.



Kicking off Grand Princess’ deployment to the City by the Bay are 10-day Inside Passage sailings featuring stunning panoramas between 10 May and 7 September 2013. The ship will operate 13 voyages visiting Glacier Bay National Park or the Tracy Arm Fjord, with calls at Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway and Victoria.



A new 10-day itinerary to Mexico will be offered by the line, departing San Francisco on 17 September 2013 and 5 March 2014. Port calls for cruisers include traditional favorites Cabo San Lucas, Isla Catalina, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and San Diego, as well as new explorations in La Paz and Loreto.


Californian Coast

Grand Princess will operate 4 sailings along the Californian coast, departing on 27 September 2013, 19 October 2013, 15 March 2014 and 6 April 2014. Cruisers on this increasingly popular itinerary will visit Ensenada, Long Beach, San Diego and Santa Barbara during a 7-day roundtrip from San Francisco.



Between 4 October 2013 and 28 April 2014, the ship will offer 12 roundtrip departures to the Hawaiian islands. The 15-day voyage will see her call at Hilo, Honolulu, Nawiliwili and Lahaina before returning to San Francisco via Ensenada.


Launched in 1998, Grand Princess continues to offer cruisers top-class amenities and signature service that Princess Cruises is renowned for. Guests will be spoilt for choice with the new accommodation, dining and entertainment available onboard with last year’s drydock, including Alfredo’s Pizzeria, Crown Grill, Leaves, a remodeled casino, boutiques, an art gallery and a new nightclub, The One5.


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