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Princess Cruises is set to homeport in Central Florida—a first for the cruise line. Caribbean Princess will be repositioned in late November 2024 to sail eastern and western Caribbean itineraries out of Port Canaveral for its winter season.

Starting Nov. 27, 2024, the 3,140-passenger ship will sail 4- to 14-day cruises out of Port Canaveral. Itinerary highlights include: One departure of a 4-day Turks & Caicos Getaway over Thanksgiving holiday; five departures of the 8-day Eastern Caribbean with St. Thomas sailing to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan and Grand Turk; five departures of the 8-day Western Caribbean with Mexico sailing to Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize City and Roatan (Mahogany Bay); nine departures of the 6-day Eastern Caribbean with Turks & Caicos including Nassau, Grand Turk and either Amber Cove or San Juan. Your clients can combine any of the 8- and 6-day itineraries for a 14-day vacation.

“The combination of a vibrant Central Florida community, exceptional flight options into Orlando International Airport and great pre-cruise and post-cruise experience options makes Port Canaveral an easy choice,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises, in a press release statement. “Princess is unique in its ability to deliver incredible cruise ship amenities typical of the largest ships in the world, while delivering personalized service found on the industry’s smallest ships.”

Establishing Port Canaveral as a homeport is part of the expansion of Princess Cruises’ North America presence to offer new voyage options that guests can access from major drive markets like Central Florida.

“Our collaboration with Princess Cruises marks an exciting milestone for us,” stated Capt. John Murray, Port CEO, in a press release statement. “The fleet of ships homeported at Port Canaveral continues to grow with next year’s arrival of Caribbean Princess. We’re looking forward to providing a high-quality experience for our new cruise partners and their cruise guests.”

Caribbean Princess features 1,571 staterooms and a total capacity of 3,140 guests and 1,200 crew. It has 19 decks, including 15 passenger decks, and encompasses 112,894 gross tons. It launched in 2004.

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