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Princess Cruises eighth ship restarts operations

The Caribbean princess has now set sail, becoming the eighth ship in Princess Cruises’ fleet to welcome guests on board after the pandemic has stopped. The ship departed Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 28, 2021, beginning a 7-night getaway to the Eastern Caribbean.

Caribbean princess Restart operations

During a festive welcoming ceremony, the Caribbean princess officially welcomed its first new passengers after the pandemic shutdown halted the operations of the Grand-class ship.

Alexander King and Jennifer Little were greeted by senior ship officers and Princess Cruises President John Padgett upon boarding as they became the first guests to board the ship on November 28, 2021, starting his first memorable trip back to service.

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“Caribbean Princess marks the return to service of our eighth cruise ship and our teammates are delighted to serve our guests on board. ” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises.

The Caribbean princess Now offers a choice of itineraries in the Eastern and Western Caribbean, visiting popular ports of call including St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Cozumel and Princess Cays, the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas. Passengers can also choose to combine back-to-back cruises to create 14-day Eastern and Western adventurer trips.

Caribbean princess debuted in 2004 and was last updated in May 2019. Its reboot this month is the first time customers can experience many of the upgrades, improvements and innovations that have been put in place during this renovation.

Caribbean Princess Cruise Ship
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Padgett said, “This ship was our very first ship to offer the innovative Princess MedallionClass experience and features modernized venues and newly imagined spaces like The Reef Outdoor Splash Zone which provides a great setting for the whole family.”

Caribbean princess is the second Princess Cruises ship to restart this month, following Enchanted princess who resumed navigation on November 10.

Caribbean princess is part of Princess Cruises’ grand class of ships and can accommodate 3,140 guests in its 1,556 cabins, with 14 guest decks to explore and enjoy. Princess Cruises currently offers amazing vacation cruises and special offers, and interested passengers can now choose Caribbean princess for a memorable and enjoyable family vacation.

The ship now offers themed food and drink deals to immerse guests in the destinations they visit, as well as the Chocolate Journeys program. Other onboard features include Movies Under the Stars featuring movies and sporting events, the Princess Links 9-hole miniature golf course, original and innovative music production shows, Club Fusion nightclub, and more. Dedicated spaces, programs and activities are also available for young cruisers and teens.

Caribbean Princess cruise ship in port

Health protocols on Princess Cruises

As Princess Cruises continues to put additional ships into service, crossings are available for passengers who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding and are able to present a proof of vaccination.

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All vaccinated passengers must also produce a negative, medically observed COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) performed within two days of boarding all Princess cruises.

Other health and sanitation improvements aboard every Princess ship include MedallionClass contactless technology to minimize crowds and promote social distancing, face coverings required in some indoor spaces and popular locations, filtration improved air with improved HVAC systems and numerous sanitizing and hand washing stations in every vessel.

Caribbean Princess Cruise Ship