Princess expands European realm for 2010

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Six Princess Cruises ships will make 96 European departures next year as the premium line looks to add more variety. A total 130 ports will be visited, including seven new ones, for those of you who are collecting. These include: Iteá, which leads to Delphi’s archeological site in Greece; the largest of the Greek Ionian islands, Cephalonia (Argostoli); a Greek isle off the Turkish coast, Khios, noted for medieval villages and an eleventh century monastery; Eidfjord, a picturesque Norwegian village; Koper (Slovenia), gateway to the capital city of Ljublijana; and Nice (France), the French Riviera beach resort town near Monte Carlo and Cannes.

Some veteran cruisers have said they enjoy adding new ports; how important are they to you?

The Princess ships will range from very large, the Grand Princess, to the small end of the fleet, the Pacific Princess, which will sail the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and Holy Land cruises. The Med and Northern Europe will get the customary heavy coverage, but some new wrinkles will include seven-day “interlude” cruises, designed to appeal to those who are budgeting time and/or money. Also, we find it appealing that Princess is offering more overnight stays, dubbed Signature Two-Day Experiences, at historically significant destinations such as Cairo and Giza, the landmarks of the Holy Land, and the magnificent palaces and sights of St. Petersburg. This is an excellent feature that allows cruise passengers to really enjoy and absorb a destination’s highlights.

So, what do you think about two-day stopovers and will they make European itineraries more appealing?

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