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June 21, 2005

Princess Debuts Unprecedented 73 New European Adventures Ashore® This Summer

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Princess Debuts Unprecedented 73 New European Adventures Ashore® This Summer
From Hiking Volcanoes to Touring Haunted Homes, 2005 Season Offers Enticing New Excursion Options

SANTA CLARITA, CA (June 7, 2005) -- By train, by foot -- even by kayak. Exploring an undersea shipwreck or hiking an ancient volcano. Stepping back in time into the houses of the ancient elite in Ephesus, or sharing stories in the home of modern Norwegians. Sampling Guinness in Dublin or Cognac in ... Cognac. This summer, Princess passengers have more ways to explore Europe than ever before as the line adds an unprecedented 73 new tours to its Europe lineup.
In total, Princess will offer more than 430 tours throughout Europe including a new Elite Collection of more intimate tours. In addition, Princess passengers have the option of arranging private car or van service in 16 ports.

"As this is Princess' largest Europe season ever with three Grand class ships deployed there for the first time, it's the perfect opportunity to introduce our passengers to some of the region's unusual and delightful excursion options," noted Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. "This summer we set out to offer our passengers the broadest possible range of touring experiences. From a private concert in St. Petersburg's Hermitage to a haunted estate in Scotland, there's a tour for just about any interest."

Highlights of these new adventure options include:

Unique Experiences:

-- Enjoy a Musical Evening at the Famed Hermitage Museum -- An unusual opportunity to visit St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum at night when passengers can enjoy the beautiful collections in private, followed by a champagne reception and a classical concert. (St. Petersburg, Russia)

-- Explore Shipwrecks off Scotland's Orkney Islands via ROV-- Passengers explore under the sea to view the remains of the largest scuttling of navy ships ever to take place, viewing the many of the 74 sunken navel ships of WWI's German High Seas fleet via transmission from a ROV (remote equipped vehicle) that is sent down to the bottom of Orkney's Scapa Flow area. (Kirkwall, Orkney Islands)

-- Take the Train to Rome/Visit Nero's Golden House -- Passengers can get a feel for local life by taking a train to Rome for their tour which includes St. Peter's Basilica, the Colesseum and a unique opportunity to visit Nero's Golden House (Domus Aurea), a series of once gold-covered buildings the emperor built following the fire of 64 AD. (Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy)

A Taste of Local Culture:

-- Learn The Guinness Story -- Synonymous with Ireland, Guinness was born at Dublin's St. James Gate Brewery more than 230 years ago. Passengers on this tour will see, hear and smell the ingredients as they make their way through the process of becoming Guinness' famous stout, and can sample the "black stuff" just yards from where it originates. (Dublin, Ireland)

-- Visit a Norwegian family -- Passengers can explore everyday life in Stavanger as they tour the home of local residents and exchange stories over a plate of Norwegian waffles. (Stavanger, Norway)

-- Learn the Art of Brandy Making in Cognac -- The famed home of cognac, the Hennessy Cellars opens its doors to passengers to explain the art of brandy making. (La Rochelle, France)

Get Active:

-- Hike Santorini's Volcano -- Just off the coast of Santorini lies a volcano credited with the largest eruption in history -- which is said to have destroyed the Minoan civilization in Crete around 1650 BC, and perhaps gave rise to the story of Atlantis. Today's passengers will sail out to the volcano and hike to the crater to view the black lava blocks, domes of magma and the dramatic vistas of Santorini. (Santorini, Greece)

-- Paddle through Norway -- Several new excursions offer the opportunity to explore Norway's stunning fjords from sea level. Options include floating through the Valldal Wilderness Adventure or kayaking the Geirangerfjord, where passengers can paddle through one of nature's masterpieces to glide up close to steep mountain walls in the "world's most beautiful fjord." (Flåm and Geiranger, Norway)

-- Search for Feathered Friends -- A number of new excursions offer passengers the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors as they explore some of Europe's prime bird-watching areas. Whether in the many reserves of Scotland's Orkney Islands or off the coast of Norway's North Cape, bird lovers and can keep watch for a variety of feathered friends. (Kirkwall, Orkney Islands; Honningsvag, Norway)

Follow the Footsteps of Royalty:

-- Tour St. Petersburg's Suburban Royal Residences -- A unique glimpse of the everyday family life and traditions of Russian monarchs. Passengers will visit the sumptuous Catherine Palace, the unique newly opened Alexander Palace -- the last tsar's home -- and the Palace of Emperor Paul I. (St. Petersburg, Russia)

-- Visit Britain's Most-Haunted Stately Home -- With a reputation as the most-haunted stately home in Britain, Glamis Castle has been a royal residence since 1372 and was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. (South Queensferry, Scotland)

The Elite Collection/EZ Tours; This year Princess introduces new tour designations to help passengers find the perfect tour. The Elite Collection tours offer a more intimate group that usually travels by mini bus and includes exclusive visits to local attractions that cannot accommodate a larger group. A total of 11 Elite Collection tours will introduce passengers to special experiences in Athens, Corfu, Livorno (Florence), Kusadasi, Marseille, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Istanbul, Copenhagen, Berlin and Flåm. Among the new tours this year:

-- Explore the Terrace Houses of Ephesus -- This special Elite Collection tour offers visitors to the ancient city of Ephesus the opportunity to explore a newly excavated area of homes accessible only by special permission. These terrace houses belonged to the city's wealthy and are decorated with fine mosaics and frescos. (Kusadasi, Turkey)

-- Revel in Provencal Delights -- An opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful natural sites in Provence, the Lubéron range. Passengers on this Elite Collection excursion will enjoy a landscape filled with orchards and vineyards punctuated by farmhouses and charming villages. The tour will visit two such towns, Lourmarin and L' Isle-sur-Sorgue. (Marseille, France)

Also new this year, the EZ Tours designation indicates excursions designed for passengers with limited mobility. These leisurely tours primarily feature driving with stops for photo opportunities and shopping. In total 21 such EZ Tours are offered in a wide range of cities, including Athens, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Kusadasi, Livorno (Florence), Monte Carlo, Naples, Rhodes, Venice, Barcelona, Cannes, Civitavecchia (Rome), Lisbon, Propriano, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Gdynia, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Honnigsvag. Among the new options are:

-- Visit the World's Northernmost Fishing Village -- Part of Princess' new EZ tour program, this excursion offers a relaxing drive around Norway's Mageroey Island and a visit to the North Cape Christmas and Winterhouse. Passengers will visit the northernmost fishing village in world and may spot some of the island's 4,000 reindeer. (Honningsvag, Norway)

-- Drive Along Marseille's Corniche -- This EZ tour features a leisurely drive to take passengers along one of the most beautiful areas of Marseille, including the city's 35 miles of seafront, where visitors can enjoy views of the city's cathedral, old harbor and the highest point of the city, the enormous Roman-Byzantine Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde. (Marseille, France)

All three of Princess' celebrated Grand-class ships will ply the waters of Europe in 2005, offering more destination choices than ever before for passengers who want to explore the continent in style. The amenity-laden Grand Princess, Golden Princess and Star Princess headline a season that features a 63 percent capacity increase in the region for Princess, several new and enhanced itineraries, and the most balconies of any fleet in Europe. The 2005 European season also includes the return of Sea Princess. Together, Princess vessels offer 57 departures between April 16 and November 10, 2005, sailing on 20 itineraries which feature more than 74 different ports of call or destinations.

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Posted by Denise at June 21, 2005 08:29 PM

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June 21, 2005

Princess Debuts Unprecedented 73 New European Adventures Ashore® This Summer

diamondprincess.jpg

Princess Debuts Unprecedented 73 New European Adventures Ashore® This Summer
From Hiking Volcanoes to Touring Haunted Homes, 2005 Season Offers Enticing New Excursion Options

SANTA CLARITA, CA (June 7, 2005) -- By train, by foot -- even by kayak. Exploring an undersea shipwreck or hiking an ancient volcano. Stepping back in time into the houses of the ancient elite in Ephesus, or sharing stories in the home of modern Norwegians. Sampling Guinness in Dublin or Cognac in ... Cognac. This summer, Princess passengers have more ways to explore Europe than ever before as the line adds an unprecedented 73 new tours to its Europe lineup.
In total, Princess will offer more than 430 tours throughout Europe including a new Elite Collection of more intimate tours. In addition, Princess passengers have the option of arranging private car or van service in 16 ports.

"As this is Princess' largest Europe season ever with three Grand class ships deployed there for the first time, it's the perfect opportunity to introduce our passengers to some of the region's unusual and delightful excursion options," noted Jan Swartz, senior vice president of customer service and sales for Princess. "This summer we set out to offer our passengers the broadest possible range of touring experiences. From a private concert in St. Petersburg's Hermitage to a haunted estate in Scotland, there's a tour for just about any interest."

Highlights of these new adventure options include:

Unique Experiences:

-- Enjoy a Musical Evening at the Famed Hermitage Museum -- An unusual opportunity to visit St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum at night when passengers can enjoy the beautiful collections in private, followed by a champagne reception and a classical concert. (St. Petersburg, Russia)

-- Explore Shipwrecks off Scotland's Orkney Islands via ROV-- Passengers explore under the sea to view the remains of the largest scuttling of navy ships ever to take place, viewing the many of the 74 sunken navel ships of WWI's German High Seas fleet via transmission from a ROV (remote equipped vehicle) that is sent down to the bottom of Orkney's Scapa Flow area. (Kirkwall, Orkney Islands)

-- Take the Train to Rome/Visit Nero's Golden House -- Passengers can get a feel for local life by taking a train to Rome for their tour which includes St. Peter's Basilica, the Colesseum and a unique opportunity to visit Nero's Golden House (Domus Aurea), a series of once gold-covered buildings the emperor built following the fire of 64 AD. (Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy)

A Taste of Local Culture:

-- Learn The Guinness Story -- Synonymous with Ireland, Guinness was born at Dublin's St. James Gate Brewery more than 230 years ago. Passengers on this tour will see, hear and smell the ingredients as they make their way through the process of becoming Guinness' famous stout, and can sample the "black stuff" just yards from where it originates. (Dublin, Ireland)

-- Visit a Norwegian family -- Passengers can explore everyday life in Stavanger as they tour the home of local residents and exchange stories over a plate of Norwegian waffles. (Stavanger, Norway)

-- Learn the Art of Brandy Making in Cognac -- The famed home of cognac, the Hennessy Cellars opens its doors to passengers to explain the art of brandy making. (La Rochelle, France)

Get Active:

-- Hike Santorini's Volcano -- Just off the coast of Santorini lies a volcano credited with the largest eruption in history -- which is said to have destroyed the Minoan civilization in Crete around 1650 BC, and perhaps gave rise to the story of Atlantis. Today's passengers will sail out to the volcano and hike to the crater to view the black lava blocks, domes of magma and the dramatic vistas of Santorini. (Santorini, Greece)

-- Paddle through Norway -- Several new excursions offer the opportunity to explore Norway's stunning fjords from sea level. Options include floating through the Valldal Wilderness Adventure or kayaking the Geirangerfjord, where passengers can paddle through one of nature's masterpieces to glide up close to steep mountain walls in the "world's most beautiful fjord." (Flåm and Geiranger, Norway)

-- Search for Feathered Friends -- A number of new excursions offer passengers the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors as they explore some of Europe's prime bird-watching areas. Whether in the many reserves of Scotland's Orkney Islands or off the coast of Norway's North Cape, bird lovers and can keep watch for a variety of feathered friends. (Kirkwall, Orkney Islands; Honningsvag, Norway)

Follow the Footsteps of Royalty:

-- Tour St. Petersburg's Suburban Royal Residences -- A unique glimpse of the everyday family life and traditions of Russian monarchs. Passengers will visit the sumptuous Catherine Palace, the unique newly opened Alexander Palace -- the last tsar's home -- and the Palace of Emperor Paul I. (St. Petersburg, Russia)

-- Visit Britain's Most-Haunted Stately Home -- With a reputation as the most-haunted stately home in Britain, Glamis Castle has been a royal residence since 1372 and was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. (South Queensferry, Scotland)

The Elite Collection/EZ Tours; This year Princess introduces new tour designations to help passengers find the perfect tour. The Elite Collection tours offer a more intimate group that usually travels by mini bus and includes exclusive visits to local attractions that cannot accommodate a larger group. A total of 11 Elite Collection tours will introduce passengers to special experiences in Athens, Corfu, Livorno (Florence), Kusadasi, Marseille, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Istanbul, Copenhagen, Berlin and Flåm. Among the new tours this year:

-- Explore the Terrace Houses of Ephesus -- This special Elite Collection tour offers visitors to the ancient city of Ephesus the opportunity to explore a newly excavated area of homes accessible only by special permission. These terrace houses belonged to the city's wealthy and are decorated with fine mosaics and frescos. (Kusadasi, Turkey)

-- Revel in Provencal Delights -- An opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful natural sites in Provence, the Lubéron range. Passengers on this Elite Collection excursion will enjoy a landscape filled with orchards and vineyards punctuated by farmhouses and charming villages. The tour will visit two such towns, Lourmarin and L' Isle-sur-Sorgue. (Marseille, France)

Also new this year, the EZ Tours designation indicates excursions designed for passengers with limited mobility. These leisurely tours primarily feature driving with stops for photo opportunities and shopping. In total 21 such EZ Tours are offered in a wide range of cities, including Athens, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Kusadasi, Livorno (Florence), Monte Carlo, Naples, Rhodes, Venice, Barcelona, Cannes, Civitavecchia (Rome), Lisbon, Propriano, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Gdynia, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Honnigsvag. Among the new options are:

-- Visit the World's Northernmost Fishing Village -- Part of Princess' new EZ tour program, this excursion offers a relaxing drive around Norway's Mageroey Island and a visit to the North Cape Christmas and Winterhouse. Passengers will visit the northernmost fishing village in world and may spot some of the island's 4,000 reindeer. (Honningsvag, Norway)

-- Drive Along Marseille's Corniche -- This EZ tour features a leisurely drive to take passengers along one of the most beautiful areas of Marseille, including the city's 35 miles of seafront, where visitors can enjoy views of the city's cathedral, old harbor and the highest point of the city, the enormous Roman-Byzantine Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde. (Marseille, France)

All three of Princess' celebrated Grand-class ships will ply the waters of Europe in 2005, offering more destination choices than ever before for passengers who want to explore the continent in style. The amenity-laden Grand Princess, Golden Princess and Star Princess headline a season that features a 63 percent capacity increase in the region for Princess, several new and enhanced itineraries, and the most balconies of any fleet in Europe. The 2005 European season also includes the return of Sea Princess. Together, Princess vessels offer 57 departures between April 16 and November 10, 2005, sailing on 20 itineraries which feature more than 74 different ports of call or destinations.

Press Release by Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises Alaska Cruise Information
Princess Cruises Alaska Cruisetour Information
Princess Cruises Tahiti Cruise Information
Princess Cruises Mexico Cruise Information
Princess Cruises Europe Cruise Information

Posted by Denise at June 21, 2005 08:29 PM

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