Princess Cruises has unveiled details of its 2025/26 Australian summer programme featuring the Down Under debut of its flagship Discovery Princess.
The cruise line also announced the “longest ever world cruise” to sail roundtrip from Australia – a record-breaking 114-night voyage on Crown Princess.
Offering roundtrip departures from Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland, Crown Princess’ epic 2026 world odyssey will visit 48 destinations in 31 countries across six continents and cover an impressive 35,000 nautical miles.
The voyage will also claim the mantle of the longest world cruise ever undertaken from Australia, with Crown Princess carrying up to 3080 guests on its record sailing around the globe.
Guests on the cruise will visit two new world cruise ports – Alexandria in Egypt and Patmos in Greece.
They will also enjoy overnight visits to New York, Lima and Quebec and late-night stays in a range of exotic destinations including Reykjavik in Iceland and Papeete in Tahiti.
Princess Cruises Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, UK & Europe Stuart Allison said the milestone cruise was a highlight of the new programme “brimming with exciting holiday options” as Discovery Princess joins Crown Princess and Grand Princess in local waters.
Across the summer season the trio will offer 75 unique itineraries and 120 departures, with cruises ranging from 2 to 37 days and sailings available from seven ports:
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand.
Mr Allison said Discovery Princess’ Sydney debut on December 6, 2025, would be “a day to remember”, coming almost exactly 50 years after Princess Cruises first started cruising local waters.
The original Pacific Princess sailed on her first roundtrip cruise from Sydney in December 1975.
Measuring 330 metres in length and carrying 3660 guests, the 145,000-tonne Discovery Princess will be the biggest Princess Cruises’ ship to ever sail in Australia waters.
The ship will offer 22 itineraries during her four-month deployment, which will include 11 departures from Sydney.
Mr Allison said Discovery Princess and Crown Princess would be deployed in Sydney, sailing on an array of itineraries including Australia voyages and unique Tahiti and Hawaii cruise in addition to roundtrip sailings to New Zealand, Queensland and Fiji.
Meanwhile the 107,000-tonne, 2600-guest Grand Princess will be based in Brisbane and sail on 14 roundtrip cruises to destinations including Tasmania, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
For more information, visit princess.com.
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