Princess Cruises is an American cruise line, which belongs to the Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the largest travel companies in the world. The company headquarters is located in Santa Clarita, California. The shipping company is a member of the Association "The World's Leading Cruise Lines ." The logo of Princess Cruises symbolizes a sea witch.
- 2.1 Current Vessels
- 2.2 Former ships ( selection)
- 2.3 New projects
The company was formed in the fall of 1965, when Stanley McDonald of Seattle, the passenger ship "Princess Patricia " (also called "Princess Pat" ) of Canadian Pacific Limited chartered cruises and thus could be conducted in the direction of Mexico. After the ship had been returned to its owner, McDonald chartered the "Princess Italia ", one of the first ships built specifically for cruising, and offered, among others, also rides on through the Panama Canal. Princess Cruises was the first cruise organizers, who received regular channel passages into the flight program. In 1968, the "Princess Italia " crossed the first ship of the Atlantic. Princess Cruises had since been sold to Boise Cascade Corporation, but was again in 1970 bought back by the company's founder.
1974 took over the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company ( P & O), the shipping company, which has now run as P & O Princess Cruises. The financial situation of the company enabled the acquisition of additional cruise ships. The mid-1970s allowed P & O Princess Cruises producer Aaron Spelling, the ships Pacific Princess and Princess Iceland as the setting for the television series " The Love Boat " to use, so that the shipping company was known to millions of viewers. During this time the saying "It's more than a cruise, it's the Love Boat " was created ( dt It is more than a cruise, it is ( the ) " The Love Boat "). The image and the characters of the series have also continued to be used for promotional purposes. 1979 founder Stanley McDonald left the company.
In the early 1980s laid Princess ships for the first time on the private island of Palm Iceland ( Grenadines ), which was later replaced by the neighboring island of Mayreau. In 1984, P & O Princess Cruises acquired the first new cruise ship, the " Royal Princess". The following year, the cruise line offered the first cruises in the Mediterranean and stationed first of the major companies, the "Pacific Princess" on the Pacific coast in San Diego. 1987 came the first cruises in Asian waters and in the Baltic Sea. In 1988 P & O Princes Cruises shipping company Sitmar Cruises ( Società Italiana Trasporti Marittimi ) and thus became one of the largest among the American cruise lines. At the same cruises were taken to New England and South America to offer. In addition, P & O summarized cruises, hotels, rail and bus travel under the Princess logo in the United States.
In 1992, the "Princess Cays " ( Eleuthera / Bahamas) to the new private island of the shipping company. 1998 ( 109,000 GT) provided with the " Grand Princess ", the largest at the time cruise ship in the world in service.
In 2000, split off from the parent company Princess Cruises, P & O and the fleet was entered in the register of Bermuda. The following year, Santa Clarita (California ) became the company headquarters. 2003 saw its takeover by Carnival Corporation & plc, a year later began a close collaboration with the Cunard Line.
The subsidiary "Princess Tours" was founded in 1972 in Seattle. Initially travel and accommodations in Alaska have been offered since 1987, the company also operates its own railway wagons ( "Midnight Sun Express " ) for rail travel. Meanwhile, Princess Tours has five of its own Guest Houses ( Lodges ).
The fleet of Princess Cruises currently has 17 cruise ships carrying more than 1.3 million passengers annually. In 2011, the capacity of the Princess Cruises fleet amounted to 36,900 passengers. The ships are more than 350 ports on all continents. The board language is English. Services and equipment are adjusted to the U.S. audience.
The " Explorer " class was born when Princess Cruises after the bankruptcy of Renaissance Cruises took over three smaller cruise ships of the " R " class.
Former ships ( selection)
In early 2010 signed the parent company Carnival Corporation & plc and the Italian shipyard Fincantieri a letter of intent for the construction of two new cruise ships, to be delivered in spring 2013 and spring 2014 is provided. The two ships are to be measured with about 141,000 gross tons and can accommodate 3,600 passengers. The first new building will bear the name " Royal Princess"; so is this name in for the third time a ship of the company. In June 2013 starts its maiden season. After two preview rides and the maiden voyage on 16 June 2013 Southampton to Barcelona will sail the Mediterranean from Barcelona and Venice; in the winter season destinations in the Caribbean to be visited. 2014, the Royal Princess will probably be sailed in the summer months the Baltic Sea. On August 28, 2012, the first building block for the second building was at Fincantieri in Monfalcone positioned ( " keel "). The vessel is " Regal Princess " hot and is thus the second ship of that name in the history of Princess Cruises. The former Regal Princess (1991-2007) continues today as the " Pacific Dawn " for P & O Australia.