Princess Cruises has announced 12 maiden ports of call for 2019, complementing the 380 destinations the line currently sails to across the world.
For British guests there is the opportunity to make an inaugural visit to Rockland, Maine. The 24-night Canada & New England voyage sailing roundtrip from Southampton will depart September on Sapphire Princess.
The 12 maiden ports of call
Rockland, Maine, USA – Originally a ship-building village, the town is now known for its lobster festival and the most photographed lighthouse in America.
Portland – Situated along the southernmost part of the Dorset coast. This natural harbour will offer excursions to Stonehenge and Salisbury. Cruisers can also visit the nearby attractions of Abbotsbury Swannery, a sanctuary for 600 swans and the 1,000-year-old ruins of Corfe Castle. The traditional seaside resort of Weymouth is nearby, which offers ice creams, fish and chips and Punch and Judy shows on the seafront!
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Known for its rugged landscapes and picturesque fishing villages, shore excursions will include eagle watching at Ben Tianavaig, exploring the contours of Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls and medieval Munvegan Castle.
Situated between Antigua and Dominica, this butterfly-shaped island is known for botanical gardens on Basse-Terre and the dramatic rock formations at Castle Point. Shore-based activities include kayaking through the mangroves and discovering the natural sanctuary of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Nature Reserve.
Mayreau (Saline Bay), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – The smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines, Mayreau is relatively untouched and includes white beaches and crystal blue seas. Cruisers can swim and snorkel in the clearest water imaginable at a coral reef formation location between Mayreau and nearby Tobago Cays.
St Helena Island
A volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean (off the coast of Africa). Cruisers can explore the picturesque capital, which includes the oldest Anglican church in the southern hemisphere, St James Church, as well the historic High Knoll Fort and Napoleon’s original tomb.
Gamagori is a city on Mikawa Bay in central Japan. Cruise passengers can explore the nearby tiny uninhabited island known as Takeshima, Okazaki Castle and Miso Brewery, as well as the Flower Lagoon at Laguna Ten Bosch.
Himeji Castle is a UNESCO world heritage site widely considered to be Japan’s most beautiful surviving castle. Other nearby attractions include Mount Shosha, the site of Engyoji, an atmospheric temple with a history of over 1,000 years.
Miyako, Japan – Known for its beautiful coastline and the popular Jodogahama Beach. Miyako Fish Market will also appeal as it sells a wide variety of local fish and seafood. Further afield guests can explore the brilliant blue underground lakes at Ryusen-do Cave, one of Japan’s three greatest limestone caves.
Niigata is the largest port on the Japan Sea coast. It’s known as the number one rice-producing region in Japan. Tours include the Sasaiwai brewery which has been producing sake in this area over 100 years, the 17th-century Shimizu Garden and the Yahiko Shrine at the foot of the sacred Mt. Yahiko.
Wakayama is home to Wakayama Castle, nestled on top of the small hill of Torafusu. The city is known throughout Japan for the region’s ramen noodles.
Takamatsu is the largest city on the island of Shikoku. It’s the gateway to the islands around the Seto Inland Sea and is known for Ritsurin Koen Park, one of Japan’s finest landscape gardens and regional culinary specialities include Sanuki-udon.
A 9-day Japan Explorer Spring Flowers voyage, sailing roundtrip from Tokyo on Diamond Princess. Departing April 2, 2020, ports of call include Gamagori, Osaka, Kochi, Hiroshima, Busan (South Korea) and Sasebo. Prices start at £1399 per person.
For more information or to book visit www.princess.com, speak to your local travel agent or call 0344 338 8663.