Princess Cruises has unveiled its “most extensive UK and Europe programme ever” – with two ships homeporting in Southampton.

The cruise company will sail 222 European voyages between March and November 2026.

This is 20 per cent more cruises than in 2025.

On general sale from May 23, this extensive European season features 59 itineraries, visiting 101 destinations across 29 countries, ranging from five to 42 nights.

Sky Princess – which can host 3,600 passengers – will homeport in Southampton for a sixth season and operate sailings to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, and the Canary Islands.

These trips will be seven to 28 nights in length.

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According to Princess Cruises, particular highlights include a sailing on August 12, 2026, where guests can embark on a special 14-night Solar Eclipse Cruise on Sky Princess.

The cruise will leave from Southampton on August 8, 2026.

And in a Princess Cruises first, the 3,560-passenger Majestic Princess will sail round-trip from Southampton, offering British Isles and northern Europe itineraries for 11, 12 and 14 nights.

New for 2026 is a 28-night Northern Europe and Mediterranean itinerary sailing roundtrip Southampton and calling to Skagen, Copenhagen, Warnemunde (for Berlin), Stockholm (overnight), Helsinki, Tallinn, Visby, Zeebrugge (for Brussels/Bruges), Southampton, Vigo, Cadiz (for Seville), Malaga, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Bilbao, and Le Verdon (for Bordeaux).

This ship will depart on September 12, 2026.

"There's incredible demand for European vacations and we don't see that slowing down anytime soon," said Terry Thornton, chief commercial officer for Princess Cruises.

“Our 2026 season delivers the best of Europe with incredible voyages visiting a mix of marquee ports, as well as smaller, off-the-beaten-path spots offering guests their very own personalized journey."

Princess Captain's Circle members can take advantage of an early booking window starting May 16, 2024, and are eligible for a special discount if booking before August 31, 2024.