New Princess ship to be called Discovery Princess

Princess Cruises said its sixth Royal-class ship due in November 2021 will be named the Discovery Princess and will be the first new ship in Princess history to be homeported in Los Angeles.

Cruises open for sale Oct. 8, with itineraries set in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America before Discovery Princess arrives for its West Coast debut sailing to Mexico and the California Coast on March 1, 2022.

The 143,700-gross-ton, 3,660-passenger Discovery Princess is under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. 

Princess’ repeat guests are eligible for a special promotion when booking early. A reduced deposit of 10% is available through Feb. 29, 2020. Guests booking the 50-day South America Connoisseur voyage will receive onboard credit, complimentary gratuities and complimentary WiFi. 

Princess Cruises ship to feature in a TV documentary

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Princess Cruises’ 3,080-passenger ship Crown Princess will appear on a behind-the-scenes TV documentary next month.

The hour-long episode called Monster Ships follows the vessel as it sails a 10-day Caribbean voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Viewers will see the jobs carried out by 1,200 crew members working in the 17 restaurants and bars onboard, providing round-the-clock room service across more than 1,500 cabins and entertaining guests.

Monster Ships was commissioned by Discovery Networks International and made by WAG TV, an international producer of TV shows.

Tony Roberts, vice president Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “We’re delighted to see Princess Cruises once again feature on the small screen, this time providing viewers with a rare onboard glimpse behind-the-scenes.

“The Crown Princess episode of Monster Ships is recommended viewing for anyone with an interest in the incredible mechanics and logistics of a cruise ship, or who wants to see the premium guest experience we offer on one of our stunning Caribbean sailings.”

Viewers can also experience the ship for themselves when it sails out of the UK next year on a series of voyages to the Mediterranean and northern Europe.

The episode will air on UKTV’s Yesterday Channel on Thursday, October 3 at 8pm.

Carnival brands resume Bahamas calls

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Carnival Corp. said that its brands have resumed regular sailings to the Bahamas for the first time since Hurricane Dorian struck on Sept. 1.

The company’s private islands, Princess Cays and Half Moon Cay, have resumed taking ship calls and Carnival’s three largest North American brands — Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line — together are projected to make over 250 sailings to the Bahamas through the end of 2019.

Carnival Cruise Line alone will make an estimated 204 calls through the remainder of the year, visiting Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays on eight of its ships.

Princess will return to with the Crown Princess’ arrival on October 9, and Holland America resumes Bahamas calls beginning Oct. 21, when the Zuiderdam arrives at Half Moon Cay.

Two Carnival ships — Carnival Liberty and Carnival Pride — have made stops this week in Freeport to deliver relief supplies to assist residents, including dozens of pallets of water, generators, chain saws, prepared meals and medical supplies. 

Carnival Corp. chief communications officer Roger Frizzell said, “It is important to spread the word that much of the country had no or little impact and is open for business.”