We don’t know about you, but not only are we fed up of being grounded now, but we’re feeling done with dry land altogether. Thankfully, Princess Cruises has come to the rescue, with the company unveiling details of its exciting short breaks and week-long UK cruises departing in late summer.
The UK cruises will be aboard MedallionClass ships, Regal Princess and Sky Princess, and are scheduled to sail from Southampton around the UK coast from late summer. Even better the summer sea-cations are set to be all-inclusive – and will go on sale on Wednesday, March 24 at 8 a.m.
Regal Princess will offer 14 UK voyages running from July 31 through to September 23, 2021, while Sky Princess will offer eight UK cruises, running from August 30 through to September 28, 2021.
Crucially, these sailings on Regal Princess and Sky Princess will be for UK resident COVID-19 vaccinated guests only – which looks to be the future of safe cruising.
Both ships will offer scenic cruises and voyages with stops in UK ports-of-call including Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock, with itineraries ranging from three to seven nights – and they look like the ultimate way to travel the UK in style this summer.
Regal Princess boasts 1,400 balconies and a stunning SeaWalk glass-floor walkway 128 feet above the waves and the first of its kind at sea, while Sky Princess, the newest edition to the Princess fleet, houses exciting entertainment venues and award-winning chef partnerships. We’re particularly excited to dine at Sky Princess’ recent addition, Bistro Sur La Mer, which has been speciality created with Three Michelin star chef Emmanuel Renaut to showcase authentic French cuisine by the acclaimed chef, at sea.
So, even if the international travel situation this year is unclear, you can get the full high-end cruising experience and enjoy all the decadent features which come with it, without leaving the UK.
Both the Regal Princess and Sky Princess are MedallionClass ships, which means they’ll provide guests with the cruise line’s signature ‘Truly Touchless’ experiences through the cruise line’s OceanMedallion wearable device, filled with new features that both enhance the guest experience and also support new health protocols – nice. That includes using the nifty tech for streamlined check-in, simplified safety training, keyless stateroom entry, reductions in queueing and the ability to order food and drink to anywhere on the ship. And yes, we’ll be making full use of that last one.
“With Princess Cruises, the ship is also the destination. Guests can make the most of our multiple dining options, order food and drink poolside, using the MedallionClass app, the can be delivered to you, and enjoy fantastic entertainment both day and night.”Tony Roberts, vice president of Princess Cruises UK & Europe
Tony Roberts, vice president of Princess Cruises UK & Europe, said: “We share in our guests’ excitement today as we unveil the details for our new Summer Seacations. With Princess Cruises, the ship is also the destination. Guests can make the most of our multiple dining options, order food and drink poolside, using the MedallionClass app, that can be delivered to you, and enjoy fantastic entertainment both day and night.”
“These resort-style seacations offer the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy some time off. We believe that these cruises will appeal to both our loyal guests who are eager to get back onboard our beautiful MedallionClass ships and holidaymakers looking to experience Princess for the first time,” Roberts added.
And, as if booking a 2021 cruise wasn’t exciting enough, we have just two words: Unlimited Cocktails. That’s because Princess Cruises has also revealed that this year, guests will get even better value from its all-inclusive ‘Princess Plus’ fare. From today, guests can add on the package to a booking for just £30 per person per day.
Princess Plus is a simplified onboard savings package which includes premium drinks, unlimited MedallionNet Wi-Fi ideal for movie streaming and video chat anywhere on the ship, and onboard gratuities – which works out to more than £65 in value per day.
The premium drinks package includes cocktails, wine, beer, spirits, coffee and tea, while guests who prefer soft drinks or are under the drinking age can also take advantage of the likes of fruit juices, mocktails and smoothies.
All-inclusive fares for a balcony stateroom start from £539pp for a three-night scenic voyage; £599pp for a four-night cruise with up to one port; and £999pp for a seven-night cruise with up to three ports-of-call. Guests can book with a £50 deposit if booked before May 3, 2021.
In more good news for travellers, through Princess Cruises’ ‘Book with Confidence’ policy, for bookings made by April 30, 2021, guests can cancel up to 30 days prior to sailing for voyages departing through October 31 2021, and receive cancellation fees back as a Future Cruise Credit.