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Princess Cruises first major line to chart historic Yorktown, Virginia

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Colonial Williamsburg's Governor's Palace Museum
Princess Cruises will call at Yorktown, Virginia for the first time, with opportunities to visit Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.

This makes Princess the first major line to offer access to Virginia's Historic Triangle.

Yorktown traditionally has been visited only by small ships, including those of American Cruise Lines on its 'American Revolution' and 'Chesapeake Bay' itineraries.

Five calls in 2024

Princess Cruises is planning five day-long calls in 2024 —  three on the 2,200-berth Island Princess and two on the 3,080-berth Emerald Princess. Additional details, including specific sailing dates, itineraries and shore excursions, are to come.

'Princess is already well known for our unique itineraries that appeal to our guests who gravitate toward interesting historical and cultural opportunities and Yorktown is perfectly in tune with that philosophy, offering not only a glimpse at the Revolutionary War but also dining, shopping and activity options with wide-ranging appeal,' Princess Cruises President John Padgett said.

Padgett added the new itineraries are even more significant as interest builds ahead of events and festivities across Virginia to commemorate the 250th anniversaries of the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence.

'Our community is rooted in history and it is an important part of our visitor mix. We are honored that Princess Cruises sees the value in bringing their customers to Yorktown,' said Kristi Olsen-Hayes, director, York County Economic & Tourism Development. 'Additional visitors coming to our area via the cruise line would contribute to the region's economy, benefiting retail, restaurants and regional attractions, as well as generating revenue for both the Commonwealth and multiple local governments.'

As the first major cruise line to call, Princess said it will work with local tour operators to showcase regional attributes while benefiting local residents.

Native Virginian

'As a native Virginian myself, I can attest that an itinerary that offers the chance to visit Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown promises to be a most welcome addition for our guests, providing them memorable vacation experiences that they can't find anywhere else,' Padgett said.

Yorktown offers 300 years of history, from revolutionary battlefields to 18th-century homes. Picturesque streets provide the backdrop for art galleries, antique and specialty shops, while attractions like the Watermen's Museum present hands-on programs and exhibits for all ages. Entertainment abounds, including fife and drum performances, and visitors can stroll along the scenic riverwalk lined with restaurants and shops.

Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown

A visit to Colonial Williamsburg by shore excursion will allow participants to discover why this was the capital of Virginia and the largest, most prosperous American colony. Visitors can explore dozens of original buildings, homes and shops reconstructed on 301 acres, most on their original foundations. Rare animal breeds, historic trades and restored gardens add layers of authenticity.

And Jamestown, a 30-minute motor coach ride from the port, is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America.