Seven Princess Cruises ships will operate in the UK and Europe in 2021 – the line’s largest deployment in the region.

Smallest ship Pacific Princess is to join six other vessels and will run Mediterranean cruises departing from Rome and Venice.

The 670-passenger ship will sail in the Med from June to October.

Almost 500 nights of cruising from Southampton will be available across Grand Princess, Island Princess and Crown Princess.

The line’s three newest vessels – 3,660-passenger Sky Princess, Enchanted Princess and Discovery Princess – will be based in northern and southern Europe on a series of cruises departing from Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rome and Athens.

UK and Europe vice president Tony Roberts said: “Europe remains the most popular destination for UK guests and we are thrilled that the longest season in our history has just been enhanced with a wider variety of destinations on more ships than ever before.

“Having seven ships in the region – six of which are OceanMedallion-activated – is testament to the growing popularity of Princess Cruises in the UK and shows our continued commitment to offering unique onboard experiences, enhanced services and a wealth of holiday options to suit everyone.”