Princess Cruises started with a single ship sailing out of the Port of Los Angeles to Mexico in 1965. In 200 days, Princess will repeat its history when Royal Princess arrives in the City of Angels to embark on her maiden voyage to the Mexican Riviera on March 23, 2019.
The 3,560-guest Royal Princess first debuted in Southampton in June 2013 and was officially christened by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Significant to this ceremony was the fact that her mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, christened the original Royal Princess in 1984.
Features aboard Royal Princess include the large atrium or “Piazza,” offering entertainment and culinary delights; the overwater SeaWalk – a 60-foot-long glass walkway standing 128 feet above the ocean; an expansive Lotus Spa with The Enclave, home to Princess’ thermal suite and a hydrotherapy pool with a rain shower and air jets as well as an array of services and secluded couples treatment rooms; a live television studio; adults-only Retreat Pool and Sanctuary; and newly re-branded Camp Discovery youth center.
Before Royal Princess makes her West Coast debut, the ship will undergo a “wet dock” renovation and receive several new features, including new equipment in the Lotus Spa and fitness center as well as the arrival of the cruise line’s “Princess Luxury Bed,” created in collaboration with board-certified Sleep Doctor Michael Breus and HGTV Designer Candice Olson, to all cabins.
Royal Princess West Coast Itineraries and Dates
Royal Princess will sail on a series of cruises from Los Angeles (San Pedro) to the Mexican Riviera with port calls in Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, giving cruisers the chance to experience the local culture and flavors. Inaugural spring 2019 voyages include:
- March 23, 2019
- March 30, 2019
- April 6, 2019
- April 13, 2019
- April 20, 2019
- April 27, 2019
From Los Angeles, Royal Princess will sail up the Pacific Coast on a seven-day Coastal voyage departing May 4, 2019 to Vancouver to begin her maiden voyages to Alaska.
The Alaska season begins on May 11, 2019 and Royal Princess will offer 18 “Voyage of the Glaciers,” seven-day cruises, sailing between Vancouver and Anchorage (Whittier) with port stops in Ketchikan, Skagway, and Juneau with scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park, plus an additional glacier viewing experience at either Hubbard Glacier or College Fjord. Guests can also spend time in the interior of Alaska with a variety of cruisetour offerings, with stays at Princess Wilderness Lodges and visit Denali National Park.
Royal Princess will depart Vancouver on September 14, 2019 on a three-day Coastal cruise, returning to Los Angeles on September 17, 2019 to offer a 12-day roundtrip cruise to Alaska, including Glacier Bay. September 29, 2019 marks the return of Royal Princess to Los Angeles for cruises to the Mexican Riviera with several five-, seven- and 10-day options; seven-day California Coastal cruises and shorter four-day West Coast Getaway voyages, visiting Catalina Island.
Royal Princess ends her 2019/2020 season with a seven-day Pacific Wine Country cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver departing on May 9, 2020.