Princess Cruises deploys three ships Down Under in 2025-26

Princess Cruises has scheduled the longest world cruise to sail  from Australia with 114-night voyage by Crown Princess.

Departures are offered from Sydney and Brisbane plus Auckland in New Zealand in 2026.

The itinerary covers 48 destinations in 31 countries across six continents covering an 35,000 nautical miles.

The voyage will also claim the mantle of the longest world cruise ever undertaken from Australia, with Crown Princess carrying up to 3,080 passengers on its record sailing around the globe.

Alexandria in Egypt and Patmos in Greece are new world cruise ports, in addition to overnight visits to New York, Lima and Quebec and late-night stays in a range of destinations including Reykjavik in Iceland and Papeete in Tahiti.

Crown Princess will be joined by 3,660-passenger Discovery Princess and 2,600-passenger Grand Princess for the 2025-26 Australian summer programme.

Discovery Princess, which entered service last year, will be the line’s biggest ship to ever sail in Australia waters and will offer 22 itineraries during a four-month deployment, including 11 departures from Sydney.

Grand Princess will be based in Brisbane to run 14 departures to destinations including Tasmania, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

Across the summer season the three vessels will operate 75 itineraries and 120 departures, with cruises ranging from two to 37 days with sailings available from seven ports – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand.

Senior vice president Asia Pacific, UK & Europe, Stuart Allison,  said Discovery Princess’ Sydney debut on December 6, 2025, would be almost 50 years after Princess Cruises first started cruising in the region. 

The original Pacific Princess sailed on its first cruise from Sydney in December 1975.

Allison added: “Cruising has come a long way in half a century, and we’re delighted to now be bringing a ship of the calibre of Discovery Princess to Australia as part of a fantastic line-up of summer cruising.”

The sailings go on general sale on November 30.


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