Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cruise from Shanghai in 2014 by Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess of Princess Cruises will home port in Shanghai in 2014, announced by Carnival Corporation. Beginning in May 2014, Sapphire Princess will start round trip cruises from Shanghai in 3 to 7 days which - according to Princess research - shows is the ideal number of vacation days for the Chinese market.

The 7-day cruises from Shanghai will head to Korean capital of Seoul, on to the culturally rich beach resort of Busan and finishing at the magical Island of Jeju, before returning to Shanghai. The four-day cruise will call at Busan and Jeju, the five-day cruise will call at Jeju and Inchon, while the three-day cruise calls at Jeju.

Quickly expanding throughout the Asia region, Princess Cruises has placed China foremost in the company’s deployment plans. Carnival Corporation, parent group of Princess Cruises, has already opened offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu.

Passengers on the new China-based cruises will be treated to numerous programs including world leader dinners, sommelier wine excursions, daily English high tea, a 24-hour buffet, Tai Chi and Zumba, a “Princess Night” bedtime experience, and a complete shopping experience. Personal enrichment courses will also be offered for adults and children.

Alan Buckelew, President and CEO of Princess Cruises said, “We’re excited to bring a new premium cruise travel experience to China’s shores. Though we have carried thousands of Chinese travelers on our ships over many years, we think the time is right for a new premium cruise experience that offers a new type of vacation experience for the Chinese consumer, sailing from China.”

Sapphire Princess
Sapphire Princess cruise ship, which has 18 decks and 28 premium suites with private balconies, can carry 2,670 passengers. The cruise ship also includes a casino, duty-free shops, fitness center and spa, sports deck, children’s and teen’s centers, library, internet café, wedding chapel, art gallery and a golf putting course, among other features.

Beginning November 2014 through February 2015, Sapphire Princess will sail roundtrip Asia cruises out of Singapore

Princess’ new 2014 season of cruises will go on sale to the public on 1 November 2013. The line is currently inviting charter opportunities through 1 October 2013.

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