(12:10 p.m. GMT) -- Princess Cruises has added Pacific Princess to its 2021 European line up -- marking the line’s largest ever deployment in the region.
The 670-passenger Pacific Princess will join six of the line’s other vessels -- including newest ships Sky Princess, Enchanted Princess and Discovery Princess -- with sailings out of Rome and Venice from June to October.
Princess revealed earlier this year that 2021 is set to be its biggest European season yet, with Grand Princess, Island Princess and Crown Princess sailing five new Mediterranean itineraries out of Southampton.
Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises Vice President UK & Europe, said: “Europe remains the most popular destination for UK guests and we are thrilled that the longest season in our history has just been enhanced with a wider variety of destinations on more ships than ever before.
“Having seven ships in the region - six of which are OceanMedallion-activated - is testament to the growing popularity of Princess Cruises in the UK and shows our continued commitment to offering unique onboard experiences, enhanced services and a wealth of holiday options to suit everyone.”
Grand Princess will offer the longest season from the UK, sailing a mix of Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Canada & New England itineraries from April to November.
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Island Princess will sail out of Southampton from June to October, offering Northern Europe and Mediterranean itineraries, with two new voyages, while the 3,080-passenger Crown Princess will offer 14 British Isles itineraries from April to October, including overnight calls in ports such as Dublin and Edinburgh.
With the exception of Pacific Princess, all European-based ships will offer OceanMedallion technology -- a free, wearable chip-sized disc that serves as an access point to information about you (i.e. your "digital identity") for the cruise line -- allowing Princess to customise your onboard experience. It also allows passengers to unlock their cabin door and pay for purchases, such as in the shop or at the spa.
The Medallion works in conjunction with a series of mobile phone apps, with each app offering a different function, such as checking in at embarkation, ordering food and drinks, playing games and navigating the ship.
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