Princess Cruises has announced details of the 2010 summer program for its Australian-based superliners, Sun Princess and Dawn Princess, featuring a new Australian circumnavigation voyage with an international flavour.

The new 28-night ‘Round Australia’ itinerary onboard Dawn Princess will feature visits to Bali in Indonesia as well as visiting the capital cities and coastal highlights of each state.

Passengers can select from two Sydney departures in September 2010 and March 2011 and one Melbourne departure in November 2010, with early booking fares available from $4079* per person twin share.

Princess Cruises will have an even bigger presence in Australasian waters next summer, offering a total of 17 cruises to New Zealand from Sydney and Melbourne onboard Dawn Princess and Sun Princess – a 30 per cent increase on the 2009 season.

Guests can select from a range of 13-night, round-trip New Zealand cruises with departures from Sydney and Melbourne between October 2010 and February 2011. The first scenic voyage on Sun Princess departs Sydney on October 13, 2010 visiting seven New Zealand ports with early booking fares starting from $2199* per person twin share.

Dawn Princess will be based in Melbourne for the 2010 summer offering Victorians the choice of 9 cruises between November 2010 and March 2011, while Sun Princess will be based in Sydney full-time, offering 13 cruises during the same period.

Announcing the new program, Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia which operates Princess Cruises in Australia, said the new offerings were a direct reflection of market demand.

“We had a great response to our circumnavigation itineraries last year, so we wanted to give our guests some added value by incorporating visits to our northern neighbours in Indonesia,” Ms Sherry said.

“We’re also very excited about the continued expansion of capacity on our Trans-Tasman cruises. New Zealand is such a stunning destination, we decided to offer more opportunities for our passengers to see its natural beauty,” she said.

Other highlights of the new 2010 Sun Princess/Dawn Princess program include:

· A new 12-night itinerary to New Caledonia and Northern Vanuatu departing Sydney on October 1, 2010, onboard Sun Princess visiting Mystery Island, Port Vila and Wala in Vanuatu as well as the beautiful islands of New Caledonia. Fares are priced from $2039* per person, twin share.

· Two 13-night cruises to Fiji onboard Dawn Princess departing Sydney on October 1 and October 26, 2010 calling at New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Suva, Denarau, and Dravuni Island are priced from $2199* per person, twin share.

· A 35-night cruise to Tahiti and Hawaii departing Sydney on April 3, 2011, visiting Fiji, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii, American Samoa, Western Samoa and Tonga, priced from $5339* per person twin share.

The 77,000-tonne premium superliners both feature more than 400 cabins with private balconies and are tailored for the Australian market, with onboard currency in Australian dollars.

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