Princess to reduce European cruise ships by two, and add summer Caribbean cruises
Caribbean Princess still has Skywalker's nightclub
If you are looking for a trend in cruises, it appears the cruise lines have finally caught one to the fact that cruising in Europe has been something of a bust ever since 2008. Both Princess and Royal Caribbean cruise lines plan to reduce the number of ships they dedicate to cruising in Europe, more specifically the Mediterranean, by two ships in 2014.
Here at CruiseMates, we have been telling you for years that Europe is the place to get a great cruise value - because a region with too much cruise ship capacity will see cruise prices go down. 2013 will be the same, a relative bargain for European cruises, but it appears 2013 will be the last such year of bargains.
The same thing happened in Alaska up through 2008, until the cruise lines finally realized there were too many ships going to the 49th state every summer, so they finally reduced that number and have been doing better in Alaska ever since.
Princess Caribbean Cruise Choices
Just last week Princess put summer Caribbean cruises back on sale, for the first time in four years, with cruises from Fort Lauderdale aboard the Caribbean Princess starting in May, 2014. The cruise options include a total of 13 shorter three, four and five-day getaways as well as 12 full week eastern and western Caribbean itineraries, all of which can be combined for a 14-day "Caribbean Adventure" sailing.
All cruises sail roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. Itineraries feature the ports of San Juan, St. Thomas, Costa Maya, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman, plus most voyages visit the line's exclusive Bahaman paradise on Princess Cays.
Here are the 2014 Princess Caribbean cruise offerings:
Eastern Caribbean (7 days) - Passengers can enjoy a relaxing week in the Caribbean, including calls at the ports of Princess Cays, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Sailings depart May 31; June 14, 21; July 5, 12, 26; August 2 and 16.
Western Caribbean (7 days) - Alternating with the Eastern Caribbean voyages, this itinerary features calls at Princess Cays, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Caribbean Princess sets sail on this route on June 7, 28; July 19; and August 9.
Eastern Caribbean Getaway (5 days) - Both Princess Cays and Grand Turk are the featured ports on this getaway sailing, perfect for beach lovers. The ship departs on September 6 and 15.
Western Caribbean Getaway (5 days) - Passengers can enjoy days in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and the island of Cozumel. Caribbean Princess sails on May 26; August 23; September 1, 20, and 29.
Eastern Caribbean Getaway (4 days) - Featuring a call at Grand Turk or Princess Cays, Caribbean Princess will offer these getaway sailings on May 15; August 28, and September 25.
Western Caribbean Getaway (4 days) - On this getaway voyage, Caribbean Princess will visit Mexico's island of Cozumel, perfect for a beach day or a chance to see the country's spectacular Mayan ruins. Cruises depart on May 19 and September 11.
Eastern Caribbean Getaway (3 days) - This special sailing offers a quick getaway especially for the Memorial Day weekend. Passengers will enjoy a day at Princess Cays, the line's private beach in the Bahamas. Caribbean Princess will depart on May 23, 2014.
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.