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Princess’ new deployment plans include San Diego, Galveston and Australia

SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises has announced new deployment plans through April 2023, featuring the addition of two U.S. homeports and the line’s highly anticipated return to Australia.

Princess will return to homeport cruising in Galveston, Texas starting in December 2022, and San Diego starting in September 2022. It also plans to return to service in Australia with Coral Princess starting in June 2022, following indications authorities are becoming more comfortable with a return to service in the region.

“Deploying these three ships to service over the next two months will mark the return of the entire Princess fleet, once our highly anticipated return to Australia is approved by local authorities,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “Returning a ship to San Diego gives more options for our west coast guests and Galveston makes a Princess cruise easily accessible to millions of Texans.”

As a result of the below changes, previously published itineraries through April 2023 on Diamond Princess and Royal Princess to Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, as well as two Ruby Princess Panama Canal sailings in February 2023 and select voyages on Majestic Princess in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, from February 2023 to May 2023, will be cancelled. Guests affected by these cancellations will be notified.


After six years, Princess will return to Texas with the Ruby Princess sailing from December 2022 to April 2023, on a series of cruises from Galveston ranging from 5-11 days, calling mainly to destinations in the Western Caribbean. The ship will also sail through the Panama Canal on two 16-day, ocean-to-ocean transits between Galveston and San Francisco. Cruises go on sale April 7, 2022.


From September 2022 through February 2023, cruising in California will expand with a return to San Diego. Diamond Princess will join the fleet of West Coast-based ships with a series of brand new cruise itineraries ranging from 5-16 days and calling at ports along the Mexican Riviera, California Coast and the Hawaiian Islands. In addition, the ship will sail a unique 20-day cruise to Central America, roundtrip from San Diego in November 2022. These cruises go on sale March 24, 2022.


Royal Princess will move to San Francisco for the West Coast 2022/2023 season, with roundtrip cruises to Hawaii, Mexico and the California Coast. Arriving in September 2022, following the Alaska season, Royal Princess will initially sail from San Francisco along with Ruby Princess. In December 2022, Ruby Princess will relocate to Galveston and Royal Princess will become the official hometown ship of San Francisco for the remainder of the 2022/2023 season. These cruises go on sale April 7, 2022.


In anticipation of the Australian Federal and State Governments welcoming the returning of cruising, Princess has announced plans for Coral Princess to return to service in June 2022, with roundtrip Brisbane itineraries ranging from 3-12 days and calling in Queensland and New South Wales. In August 2022, the ship will position to Sydney and depart on a new 12-day voyage calling in Queensland and the Conflict Islands in Papua New Guinea, before resuming the previously announced Australia & New Zealand program for the 2022/2023 season.

In addition, Majestic Princess will sail roundtrip from Sydney on a new Queensland voyage in February 2023 at the end of its already published season. Full details will be announced on March 17. Australia cruises go on sale March 23, 2022.

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