Princess swings to smaller ships in S. America, adds Antarctica

Coral Princess will operate the three cruises that sail to the Antarctic Peninsula

For its late 2019 through early 2020 South America season, Princess Cruises will swing back to a pair of smaller ships than those in its upcoming 2018/19 season and offer three voyages featuring scenic cruising in Antarctica.

The 2003-built sisters Island Princess and Coral Princess, each roughly 92,000gt with 2,000 lower berths, are regulars in the Panama Canal trade. They compare to 2013’s Royal Princess, 141,000gt with 3,560 lower berths, and 2002’s Star Princess, 108,977gt with 2,600 lower berths, that will operate the 2018/19 South America season.

Fourteen departures, from Fort Lauderdale, San Antonio (Santiago) and Buenos Aires, are offered from December 2019 through March 2020. Itineraries range from 14 to 58 days.

58-day circumnavigation

The 58-day South America voyage circumnavigates the continent and offers the opportunity to visit regional icons like Easter Island, Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, Machu Picchu, Iguazú Falls and Patagonia.

Coral Princess will operate the voyages between Buenos Aires and Santiago that feature scenic sailing to the Antarctic Peninsula. Departures are Dec. 20, 2019, and Jan. 5 and 21, 2020.

Access to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Overnight stays will be available at Callao (for Lima), Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. The program provides opportunities to visit seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Pre- and post-cruise land tours highlight UNESCO World Heritage Sites Iguazú National Park in both Brazil and Argentina or Peru’s Machu Picchu.

Posted 18 May 2018

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