Sapphire Princess redeploying to Australia
Princess Cruises has announced plans to add 44 new cruises from five major Australian cities. The award-winning 2,670-guest ship will arrive six months earlier than planned in Australia to commence an extended year-long season from 1 May 2020.
Sapphire Princess’ Greatest Hits progamme will offer a range of itineraries highlighting some of the country’s favourite cruise ports.
Princess said port closures in Asia "impacting our cruise operations in China and Southeast Asia, we have made the decision to cancel and modify additional voyages on Sapphire Princess in 2020."
“With the ongoing uncertainty of travel restrictions and port closures in Asia impacting our cruise operations in the region, we hope that this extended deployment in Australia will benefit local tourism, particularly in regional areas with 102 visits to regional ports around the country during her year-long deployment,” Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific said.
Sapphire Princess will arrive into Perth (Fremantle) following a multi-million dollar refurbishment and will receive the new MedallionNet feature from 4 June, offering guests the best Wi-Fi at sea.