Princess Cruises has announced that the Sapphire Princess will begin offering cruises to Asia from China in 2014.
The Sapphire Princess will begin the line’s first season of Asia cruises in May 2014, where she will offer guests itineraries throughout the Asia region. 4 itineraries will be offered, each ranging 3 and 7 nights, departing roundtrip from Sapphire Princess’ new homeport of Shanghai, China.
The Sapphire Princess’ 7 night itinerary will call in Seoul, Busan, and Jeju. A 5 night itinerary will bring guests to Jeju and Inchon. A 4 night itinerary will call in Busan and Jeju and the 3 night will call in Jeju.
“We’re excited to bring a new premium cruise travel experience to China’s shores,” said Alan Buckelew, Princess Cruises president and CEO. “Though we have carried thousands of Chinese travelers on our ships over many years, we think the time is right for a premium cruise experience that offers a new type of vacation experience for the Chinese consumer, sailing from China.”
The 116,000-ton Sapphire Princess carries 2,670 passengers and, at 952 feet long, has 18 decks and 28 premium suites with private balconies. The 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.
The new cruises from Shanghai aboard the Sapphire Princess will go on sale on November 1st.