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Princess Cruises’ to send Island Princess to Middle East on World Cruise in 2023

Island Princess will sail a 111-day World Cruise for Princess Cruises in 2023 visiting 50 destinations across 31 countries and six continents, including Dubai in the UAE and Muscat in Oman.

The 111-day World Cruise aboard Island Princess will be a roundtrip itinerary from Ft. Lauderdale. In addition to Dubai and Muscat in the Middle East, she will also call at ports in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and North America.

The 111-day World Cruise will visit ports on six continents and will stay overnight in Dubai.

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The cruise will depart Fort Lauderdale on January 23rd, 2023, with the option for passengers to board in Los Angeles on January 19th, 2023 as well. Fort Lauderdale will be the roundtrip port for the full 111-day itinerary, while the LA itinerary will be a shorter 97-day cruise.

The 2,214-passenger Island Princess was specifically designed for Princess Cruises’ World Cruise itineraries when she was launched in 2003. Along with Coral Princess, she is one of just two ships in the fleet capable of transiting the old Panama Canal.

Island Princess in a lock on the Panama Canal.

Princess’ larger ships up to the Grand-class use the new Agua Clara locks.

Noteworthy destinations on Island Princess’ World Cruise in 2023 include include French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Israel, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica and more.

Guests will also get to see UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Petra, Mount Etna and the ancient Greek city of Ephesus in Turkey, among others.

Island Princess will stay overnight in Dubai during the cruise.

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Additionally, the itinerary will feature a maiden port call to Gythion, Greece, known as the port for ancient Sparta, as well as overnight visits to Dubai and Venice.

Princess Cruises will open bookings for the World Cruise on February 10th, 2021, with prices starting at US $19,199 per person.

Those who book before August 31st, 2021 (for both embarkation ports) will receive early booking perks onboard, such as free drinks, unlimited WiFi, included gratuities, paid-for airfare (for guests traveling from the US and Canada only), onboard credit and specialty dining.

Atrium aboard Island Princess.

Captain’s Circle members will also enjoy an extra US $1,000 in savings per guest on their cruise fare (for the first two guests), according to Princess Cruises.

With 12 bars and restaurants, a theatre, spa, fitness center, several pools and daily activities and entertainment options, Island Princess offers a mid-size cruise experience, but also features the MedallionClass Experience.

The wearable tech offering from Princess provides various new features that leverage touchless technologies and significantly enhance and personalize the guest experience, as well as support new health protocols introduced to combat the spread of COVID-19.

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