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Cruises and Sailing

 February 05, 2001
Star Princess To Launch With Pacific Rim Voyage

 Star Princess, the second sister ship to Grand Princess, will debut with a one-of-a kind Pacific Rim cruise when it launches in February 2002.

This once-in-a-lifetime voyage aboard the 2,600-passenger, 109,000-ton ship, will take passengers on a 26-day odyssey between Singapore and Los Angeles, including the best of Asia and Hawaii along the way. The unusual itinerary will also feature two first calls for Princess - Taiwan and Okinawa, Japan.

"I think Princess demonstrates its role as a leader in the exotic cruise market by debuting our newest and most amenity-filled ship in this fascinating region," said Dean Brown, Princess' executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. "In 1998 we raised a lot of eyebrows by debuting Grand Princess in Europe, something unexpected for a ship of that size and features. But it was an overwhelming success and we expect the same reaction to Star Princess' first cruise - in fact it is already booked well ahead of what we would expect."

Following a 15-day repositioning sailing, which will take the ship, without passengers, from the Fincantieri shipyards in Monfalcone, Italy to Singapore, Star Princess will set off on her inaugural voyage from that Asian city on February 13. The ship's premiere cruise will take in a number of exciting Asian highlights, beginning with the color of Bangkok (Laem Chabang), followed by the shopping mecca of Hong Kong, and highlighted by Princess' first call at Taiwan (Keelung for Taipei). Next, the ship will stop at two ports in Japan, including an inaugural call in Okinawa, then on to Osaka/Kyoto.

From the splendor of Asia, Star Princess will cross the Pacific to arrive in the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Passengers will sample two islands with calls at both Honolulu on the island of Oahu and Lahaina on Maui. Finally, after a relaxing Pacific crossing, this exciting journey finishes in Los Angeles, where Star Princess will become the largest ship ever based in the City of Angels.

During the cruise, passengers will also enjoy the services and features found aboard the amenity-filled Star Princess, which will feature Personal Choice Cruising - enabling passengers to customize their cruise experience with a myriad of dining, entertainment and activity options. Guests will have the freedom to do "what you want, when you want" with nine daily dining choices and three major stage shows each evening. In addition, many passengers will appreciate the special privacy afforded by the ship's 710 balcony cabins. Star Princess includes many of the same popular innovations that made headlines when her sister Grand Princess debuted, among them a wedding chapel and wedding-at-sea program, two specialty restaurants and three separate show lounges. The ship will also feature both traditional and restaurant-style dining options as part of the line's unique Personal Choice Dining program. The vessel will sport Grand Princess' dramatic trademark as well - a disco/observation lounge set high atop the ship and accessible only by a glass-enclosed, moving "skywalk."

Fares for this one-time-only itinerary begin at $5,390 US per person based on double occupancy. Third- and fourth-berth fares begin at $2,799.