(This article was recently in USA Today)
Princess Cruises has announced plans for an epic voyage from Los Angeles to Asia and back that includes stops in half a dozen countries.
The 60-day “Circle North Pacific” sailing on the Coral Princess kicks off Sept. 19, 2018 with a trip north to Alaska, where calls will include Ketchikan, Juneau and Kodiak. From there, the 1,970-passenger vessel will head westward to Japan, stopping in Kushiro, Yokohama (near Tokyo), Osaka and Hiroshima.
Continuing westward, Coral Princess will visit Incheon (near Seoul) in South Korea and then Beijing and Shanghai in China before heading south to the Japanese island of Okinawa. Additional stops in Asia will include Hong Kong; Halong Bay, Chan May and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Manila in The Philippines.
Returning eastward across the Pacific, the ship will make a two-day stop in Hawaii on its way back to Los Angeles. It arrives in Los Angeles on Nov. 18, 2018.
Fares for the voyage start at $8,399 per person, based on double occupancy. Princess also is selling two shorter segments of the voyage as standalone cruises. The first 28 days of the trip, from Los Angeles to Shanghai, can be booked as a standalone voyage starting at $4,039 per person. The remaining 32 days of the trip, from Shanghai to Los Angeles, can be booked as a standalone voyage starting at $4,649 per person.
The lengthy Asia sailing is part of Princess’ newly announced lineup of Exotics departures for the 2018-19 season. The lineup also includes the first sailing around South America by one of Princess’ large Royal Class vessels.