Luxury super-ship Royal Princess to be Southampton-based for cruises

SOUTHAMPTON RETURN: Princess Cruises' Royal Princess.

SOUTHAMPTON RETURN: Princess Cruises' Royal Princess.

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ROYAL Princess, the luxury super-ship officially named in Southampton by the Duchess of Cambridge last year, is to return to the city.

Owners Princess Cruises are also to introduce “all inclusive” cruises on a total of ten voyages from Southampton to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe next year.

Other highlights include a reduced deposit of £99 per person on all Europe cruises and an increased number of sailings.

The cruise line has also revealed that Royal Princess, which was launched by the Duchess of Cambridge in June, 2013, will return to the UK for spring and summer 2015.

The ship will sail out of Southampton for a series of British Isles roundtrips, as well as an additional cruise to the Baltic on a 12-night tour in June of next year, including visits to Copenhagen, Stockholm and St Petersburg.

Paul Ludlow, Princess Cruises’ managing director UK and Europe, said: “Next year is all about choice, as our Europe-based ships will make 150 departures and visit more than 120 destinations.

“European cruises are booming in popularity and, as such, we’ve provided something for everyone, including destinations and packages to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets.

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“The return of Royal Princess will be a special moment, as it is the first time she will be deployed from these shores after being launched by the Duchess of Cambridge.

“It is particularly fitting that Royal Princess will sail roundtrips of the UK, as it will give people across the country the opportunity to welcome a ship that was so warmly received here last year.”

Caribbean Princess will spend April to September 2015 on ten sailings from Southampton to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, with a complimentary drinks package on bookings made between Tuesday March 11 and Monday June 30 this year.

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