Princess Cruises has created four segments of 22 to 35 days for its two 2009 World Cruises along with "Liner Voyages" of 45 to 80 days. The segments and "Liner Voyages" offer 25 ways to take part in Princess' 107-day world cruises aboard Tahitian Princess and Royal Princess. Both set sail on Jan. 14 and Jan. 20, 2009, respectively. Each full world cruise travels to more than 40 destinations on six continents. Special benefits have been announced for passengers on the full 107-day world cruise. Airfare to Fort Lauderdale and home from Rome, Dover or Stockholm is included for World Cruise passengers booking a balcony stateroom or above. All World Cruise passengers will also receive complimentary hotel and dining charges, and suite passengers will have their mini-bar setups replenished weekly. Onboard cruise credits of up to $1,000 per person will be issued to full world cruise passengers who book before Jan. 31, 2008, while those booking "Liner Voyages" of at least two segments will receive an onboard credit of up to $500 per person for early bookings.
Available segments include 35 days from Fort Lauderdale to Sydney through the Panama Canal to Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, the South Pacific and other ports in Australia. A 23-day segment from Sydney to Hong Kong includes the Great Barrier Reef and Brisbane; Rabaul (Papua/New Guinea); Guam; Osaka (for Kyoto); Hiroshima, Seoul (Inchon); and Shanghai. The 22-day Hong Kong-to-Dubai segment visits Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Bangkok; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Malaysia; Port Blair, Andaman Islands; and Mumbai, India. The final 27-day segments go from Dubai to Rome or Dover. Ports of call include Salalah, Oman, and Safaga (for Luxor/Karnak) and Port Said (for Cairo/Giza), Egypt. From there, Tahitian Princess heads for Athens; Sorrento/Capri; Rome (Civitavecchia); Cannes; Barcelona; Gibraltar; Lisbon; Cork (Cobh for Blarney Castle), Ireland; and Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), before arriving in Dover (for London). Meanwhile, Royal Princess will visit Jerusalem (Ashdod); Istanbul; Athens; Sicily (Messina); Barcelona; Cannes; and Florence/Pisa (Livorno), before the final stop in Rome.
These segments are available in a variety of "Liner Voyage" combinations. In addition, Tahitian Princess passengers can extend their voyage with a 10-day Scandinavia and Russia sailing including a call in St. Petersburg and ending in Stockholm. Or they can combine their World Cruise with a six-day transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York aboard the Queen Mary 2. Full world cruise passengers receive a discount on the QM2 sailing.