Uncertainties in the Red Sea and Surrounding Region Prompts Rerouting of Global Voyages

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., April 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Given the ongoing situation in the Red Sea and surrounding area and following extensive consultation with global security experts and government authorities, Princess Cruises is revising the itineraries for its two 2025 World Cruises, which will no longer visit the Middle East or Asia, and now instead, will offer new port stops in Africa and Europe. 

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"A Princess World Cruise is truly the voyage of a lifetime and after careful consideration with guidance from global security experts and government authorities, we know our guests will understand and appreciate the change to our upcoming 2025 itineraries to avoid certain areas," said Terry Thornton, chief commercial officer of Princess Cruises. "These global events beyond our control have necessitated these reroutings but we are pleased to continue to ensure these world cruises retain destination-rich itineraries with incredible stops along the west Africa coast and the Mediterranean."

Island Princess World Cruise
Sailing from North America on Island Princess, the 116-day World Cruise offers two roundtrip options with departures from both Ft. Lauderdale, embarking January 5, 2025, and Los Angeles on January 20, 2025, and ends in Los Angeles on May 17, 2025. This destination dreamers delight will traverse over 36,700 nautical miles, visiting 46 destinations in 24 countries and six continents. The voyage includes visits to historic Bar, Montenegro and Taranto, Italy, along with inaugural World Cruise calls to the idyllic Greek Island of Patmos and to Volos – for the Monasteries of Meteora.

The revised World Cruise itinerary, from February 16-April 9, departs Sydney and will travel to Melbourne and Perth, then on to South Africa. From there, the cruise resumes the scheduled itinerary starting in Valletta, Malta on April 9.

Following is the amended portion of the voyage:

Date 

Destination 

Sunday, February 16 

Sydney, Australia (as scheduled) 

Monday, February 17 

At Sea 

Tuesday, February 18 

Melbourne, Australia 

Wednesday, February 19 

At Sea 

Thursday, February 20 

At Sea 

Friday, February 21 

At Sea 

Saturday, February 22 

At Sea 

Sunday, February 23 

Perth (Fremantle), Australia 

Monday, February 24 

At Sea 

Tuesday, February 25 

At Sea 

Wednesday, February 26 

At Sea 

Thursday, February 27 

At Sea 

Friday, February 28 

At Sea 

Saturday, March 1 

At Sea 

Sunday, March 2 

At Sea 

Monday, March 3 

Port Louis, Mauritius 

Tuesday, March 4 

At Sea 

Wednesday, March 5 

At Sea 

Thursday, March 6 

At Sea 

Friday, March 7 

At Sea 

Saturday, March 8 

At Sea 

Sunday, March 9 

Cape Town, South Africa (overnight) 

Monday, March 10 

Cape Town, South Africa 

Tuesday, March 11 

At Sea 

Wednesday, March 12 

Walvis Bay, Namibia 

Thursday, March 13 

At Sea 

Friday, March 14 

At Sea 

Saturday, March 15 

At Sea 

Sunday, March 16 

At Sea 

Monday, March 17 

At Sea 

Tuesday, March 18 

At Sea 

Wednesday, March 19 

At Sea 

Thursday, March 20 

Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands 

Friday, March 21 

At Sea 

Saturday, March 22 

At Sea 

Sunday, March 23 

Madeira (Funchal), Portugal 

Monday, March 24 

At Sea 

Tuesday, March 25 

Gibraltar 

Wednesday, March 26 

At Sea 

Thursday, March 27 

At Sea 

Friday, March 28 

Siracusa, Italy 

Saturday, March 29 

At Sea 

Sunday, March 30 

Athens (Piraeus), Greece 

Monday, March 31 

Volos, Greece 

Tuesday, April 1 

Patmos, Greece 

Wednesday, April 2 

Kuşadasi, Turkey (for Ephesus) 

Thursday, April 3 

Rhodes, Greece 

Friday, April 4 

Crete (Chania), Greece 

Saturday, April 5 

At Sea 

Sunday, April 6 

Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Monday, April 7 

Bar, Montenegro 

Tuesday, April 8 

Taranto, Italy 

Wednesday, April 9 

Valletta, Malta (as scheduled) 

Those guests scheduled to originally depart or join the cruise from Dubai on March 14, 2025, will now embark or disembark four days earlier on March 9, in Cape Town, South Africa. Booked guests disembarking in Cape Town will be refunded the amount equivalent to four days of the cruise fare and those joining earlier will not incur an added cost to their cruise fare. All these guests will also receive a $300 onboard credit as a gesture of good will.

Crown Princess World Cruise
Departing from Down Under, Crown Princess - the largest ship to ever host a World Cruise - is scheduled to depart Auckland May 31, 2025; and Sydney June 4, 2025; and sail on a 113-day adventure visiting 42 destinations in 22 countries, across five continents. This cruise will also bypass the Red Sea and surrounding region, including the transit of the Suez Canal. The ship will travel via Africa instead of the Red Sea and Asia itinerary. The fully revised itinerary is currently being finalized and will be communicated shortly. 

More information about World Cruise itineraries, plus shorter World Cruise segment options can be found at http://www.princess.com/worldcruise.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-Princess (1-800-774-6237) or by visiting www.princess.com.

About Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises is The Love Boat, the world's most iconic cruise brand that delivers dream vacations to millions of guests every year in the most sought-after destinations on the largest ships that offer elite service personalization and simplicity customary of small, yacht-class ships. Well-appointed staterooms, world class dining, grand performances, award-winning casinos and entertainment, luxurious spas, imaginative experiences and boundless activities blend with exclusive Princess MedallionClass service to create meaningful connections and unforgettable moments in the most incredible settings in the world - the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England, Antarctica, and World Cruises. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK). 

 

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