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Princess Cruises Revises 2025 World Cruise Itineraries

Princess Cruises Revises 2025 World Cruise Itineraries

Following extensive consultation with government authorities and global security experts, Princess Cruises has revised the itineraries for its two 2025 World Cruises.

Due to the current state of affairs in the Red Sea and the surrounding area, the cruises will no longer visit the Middle East or Asia and will instead offer new port stops in Africa and Europe.

“A Princess World Cruise is truly the voyage of a lifetime and after careful consideration with guidance from global security experts and government authorities, we know our guests will understand and appreciate the change to our upcoming 2025 itineraries to avoid certain areas,” said Terry Thornton, chief commercial officer of Princess Cruises.

“These global events beyond our control have necessitated these reroutings but we are pleased to continue to ensure these world cruises retain destination-rich itineraries with incredible stops along the west Africa coast and the Mediterranean,” Thornton continued in a press release.

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Island Princess World Cruise

The 116-day World Cruise from North America aboard Island Princess offers roundtrip options from both Fort Lauderdale (embarking January 5, 2025) and Los Angeles (embarking January 20, 2025).

The 2025 World Cruise aboard Island Princess will now call on several ports in Africa on the way to Europe (image courtesy of Princess Cruises)

During the journey, cruisers will travel over 36,700 nautical miles, visiting 46 destinations in 24 countries and six continents. The Island Princess sailing includes visits to Bar, Montenegro and Taranto, Italy, along with inaugural World Cruise calls to the Greek island of Patmos as well as to Volos for the monasteries of Meteora.

The revised section of the World Cruise itinerary, from February 16 through April 9, departs Sydney and will travel to Melbourne and Perth, then on to South Africa. The cruise then resumes its scheduled itinerary starting in Valletta, Malta on April 9.

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Here is the revised section of the journey:

Sunday, February 16Sydney, Australia (as scheduled)
Monday, February 17 At Sea
Tuesday, February 18   Melbourne, Australia 
Wednesday, February 19   At Sea 
Thursday, February 20   At Sea 
Friday, February 21  At Sea 
Saturday, February 22  At Sea 
Sunday, February 23  Perth (Fremantle), Australia
Monday, February 24 At Sea
Tuesday, February 25   At Sea 
Wednesday, February 26  At Sea 
Thursday, February 27  At Sea
Friday, February 28  At Sea
Saturday, March 1  At Sea
Sunday, March 2  At Sea 
Monday, March 3  Port Louis, Mauritius
Tuesday, March 4At Sea
Wednesday, March 5  At Sea 
Thursday, March 6  At Sea 
Friday, March 7  At Sea
Saturday, March 8  At Sea 
Sunday, March 9  Cape Town, South Africa (overnight)
Monday, March 10  Cape Town, South Africa
Tuesday, March 11  At Sea
Wednesday, March 12  Walvis Bay, Namibia
Thursday, March 13  At Sea 
Friday, March 14  At Sea
Saturday, March 15  At Sea 
Sunday, March 16  At Sea 
Monday, March 17  At Sea
Tuesday, March 18 At Sea
Wednesday, March 19  At Sea 
Thursday, March 20  Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands
Friday, March 21  At Sea
Saturday, March 22  At Sea
Sunday, March 23  Madeira (Funchal), Portugal
Monday, March 24  At Sea
Tuesday, March 25  Gibraltar
Wednesday, March 26  At Sea
Thursday, March 27  At Sea
Friday, March 28  Siracusa, Italy
Saturday, March 29  At Sea
Sunday, March 30  Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Monday, March 31  Volos, Greece 
Tuesday, April 1  Patmos, Greece 
Wednesday, April 2   Kuşadasi, Türkiye (for Ephesus) 
Thursday, April 3  Rhodes, Greece 
Friday, April 4  Crete (Chania), Greece 
Saturday, April 5 At Sea 
Sunday, April 6  Dubrovnik, Croatia
Monday, April 7  Bar, Montenegro
Tuesday, April 8Taranto, Italy
Wednesday, April 9  Valletta, Malta (as scheduled)  

Cruisers originally scheduled to depart or join the sailing in Dubai on March 14, 2025, will now embark or disembark four days earlier on March 9 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Booked guests who disembark in Cape Town will receive a refund equal to four days’ worth of their cruise fare, and those who join earlier won’t have to pay an additional fee. Princess has stated that as a goodwill gesture, each of these passengers will also receive a $300 onboard credit.

Crown Princess World Cruise

The largest Princess ship to ever host a World Cruise, Crown Princess will sail on a 113-day adventure visiting 42 destinations in 22 countries, across five continents. The ship is scheduled to depart Auckland, New Zealand on May 31, 2025 and Sydney, Australia on June 4, 2025.

Crown Princess is the largest Princess ship to ever host a World Cruise (image courtesy of Princess Cruises)

This World Cruise will avoid the Red Sea and the surrounding region, including the originally scheduled transit of the Suez Canal. Crown Princess will sail via Africa instead of the Red Sea and Asia itinerary.

Princess has stated that the fully revised itinerary is currently being finalized and will be communicated shortly. Be sure to subscribe to Should Be Cruising for all the latest updates!

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Are you booked on a 2025 Princess World Cruise? What are your thoughts about the new itinerary? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Karstunen