One of the largest cruise lines in the world, Princess Cruises
, has recently announced the new schedule for its 2013 European cruises, which includes 60 different itineraries and 130 ports-of-call on seven beautiful ships. In addition to some of the already existing voyages there will be an exciting array of new options including new itineraries, 2-day stopovers, as well as the introduction of its newest ship, the Royal Princess
. Whether you are interested in exploring some of the most famous historical sites in the world, or your idea of a great cruise is taking in the scenery of breathtaking landscapes and intriguing architecture, Princess Cruises has just the right European cruise for you.
Princess' Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Holy Land tours run from April to December, and offer everything from 7- to 19-day trips, which can be combined for longer voyages. Already well known for its signature 12-day Grand Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises, there will also be three new 7-day Mediterranean cruises setting sail from Athens, Rome or Greece. These routes can be combined with others to make 14- or 21-day trips. New ports on some of these routes include Toulon, France; Bourdeaux France; Heraklion, Greece; and Trapani, Italy. Princess' newest ship, Royal Princess
, as well as Ruby Princess
will sail for Mediterranean and Iberian voyages, while the smaller more intimate ship, Pacific Princess
, will offer 13 cruises with opportunities to explore Israel and Egypt. In addition there will be three Black Sea cruise options with a 2-day experience in Istanbul included.
For cruises in the British Isles, Northern Europe, and the Baltic Sea, Princess Cruises has a wide range of enthralling voyages available. For the ultimate experience in the British Isles, Ocean Princess
offers an 8-day route from Dover, and Caribbean Princess
a 12-day route from South Hampton. A number of these itineraries include an optional shore excursion to the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo and a new stop in Milford Haven, Wales. Three Baltic Sea itineraries offer visits to Russia and Scandinavia aboard the Emerald Princess, Ocean Princess
or the Crown Princess
for 11- or 14-day cruises.
In addition, a 2-day experience in the richly historical Russian city of St. Petersburg is included in all three of these cruises, adding to the appeal. Caribbean Princess
and Crown Princess
offer opportunities to explore the northernmost parts of Europe, which include Norwegian fjords and off-the-beaten-path locations in Iceland. Voyages to Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands; Kirkeness and Skjoden Norway are new ports never before offered by Princess Cruises. These exciting cruises run from April to October.In addition, Princess Line's "Cruisetours" are fully-escorted multiple-day land tours combined with cruises that are available on select European voyages. UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as other amazing destinations are on the agendas of these special tours. Some of the new Cruisetours include such places as the Swiss Alps; Bärengraben bear park in the medieval town of Old Berne, Switzerland; and Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Cologne and other captivating cities on the River Rhine. Returning popular Cruisetours include ancient Petra and the Dead Sea; Budapest, Vienna and Prague; and the best of Italian cities.
With all these exciting Princess European Cruise itineraries, shore excursions, and Cruisetour Vacations, as well as a brand new ship and new ports, there is much to look forward to in 2013. Voted "Best Cruise Itineraries" for seven years in a row by Recommend magazine (2004 - 2010), and a leader when it comes to Holy Land cruises, Princess is clearly an excellent way to experience all the splendors of an enchanting European vacation.