Princess Cruises has today announced that the 3,560-guest Royal Princess will visit Belfast throughout spring and summer 2018.
At 330m long, 38m wide and 19 decks high, Royal Princess is Princess Cruises’ joint largest ship. She will call at Belfast 11 times as part of a season touring the British Isles from May-September, 2018. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton, it is estimated that Royal Princess will bring around 40,000 visitors in total to Belfast.
The announcement forms part of Princess Cruises’ 2018 Europe programme.
Royal Princess was launched by HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge, in Southampton in 2013. The ship last called at Belfast in 2015 during a previous season sailing the British Isles. Evening departures from Belfast will be added to the 2018 programme, meaning guests will have more time to spend in the city than previous years. Belfast is the only port to have this on the round-Britain itinerary.
Royal Princess will feature on an ITV documentary early next year, called ‘The Cruise’. Now in its second series, the documentary gives a unique access into the day-to-day lives of the ship’s guests and its 1,400-strong crew.
Tony Roberts, vice president of Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Royal Princess will be returning to Belfast as part of our British Isles itinerary. 2018 will be the fifth year anniversary since Royal Princess was launched, so welcoming this magnificent ship back to where she was christened feels very fitting.”
The 2018 cruises will go on sale on Thursday 1 December at 4pm. Prices for the 12-night British Isles sailing start from £1,539 per person.
For more information visit www.princess.com/holiday or call 0843 374 2402
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