PORT ST. MAARTEN – On Thursday, January 11, it will be the first four ship day for the 2018 cruise season. The four cruise ships will have approximately 12,000 passengers and crew onboard.
The vessels that will be calling on Thursday are: Regal Princess (passenger capacity 3,500/crew 1,300), ms Eurodam (passengers 2,100/crew 900), Silver Wind (passengers 294/crew 208) and Anthem of the Seas (passengers 4,500/crew 1600).
January 11 is also Princess Cruises debut since the passing of Hurricane Irma and Maria in September 2017. Princess Cruises returns with one of its newest vessels the Regal Princess that carries over 3,500 guests.
Port St. Maarten Management is looking for to Princess Cruises return and to the first four-ship day for the 2018 season. “With so many cruise lines returning to the destination, it once more demonstrates the commitment of the industry to the island. We also have several more lines scheduled for the coming months.
“Cruise tourism is slowly returning back to its normalcy. The number of vessels are on the increase each month for the high season. The first four-ship day is a very positive sign. We can all be thankful for what has been accomplished over the past months to reach where we are at today. Remember, be courteous to our cruise guests, keep smiling and give them the best service that will keep them coming back for more,” Port St. Maarten Management said on Tuesday.
Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Corporation, one of the largest vacation companies in the world. One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service.
A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.7 million guests each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from three to 114 days, allowing them to see the world and come back new.
Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess was cast in a starring role on a new television show called "The Love Boat." The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its "seawitch" logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still be seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.
Princess' 17-ship fleet offers a range of sizes and amenities. The line's largest vessels include Majestic Princess (2017), Regal Princess (2014), Royal Princess (2013) Caribbean Princess (2004), Crown Princess (2006), Diamond Princess (2004), Emerald Princess (2007), Golden Princess (2001), Grand Princess (1998), Ruby Princess (2008), Sapphire Princess (2004), and Star Princess (2002). Mid-sized vessels consist of Coral Princess (2003), Island Princess (2003), Sea Princess(1998), and Sun Princess (1995); while the line's small ship features a more intimate cruising experience aboard Pacific Princess (1999).
The most recent additions to the fleet, Majestic Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess, introduced a new generation of ships to the fleet in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Princess' more than 150 different itineraries offer travelers the opportunity to literally cover the globe, with sailings to six continents that call at more than 300 ports and destinations around the world. Destinations include the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe, Mexico, South America, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, Hawaii, Tahiti/French Polynesia, Asia, India, Africa, Canada/New England and world cruises.