Back in the day I used to love having friends and relatives on board to see us off on sailing day. They’d come to the cabin for drinks and snacks, tour the ship and then wave and watch us sail from the port as we threw confetti in the air.
I was simply a festive way to begin a cruise. And then security measures took effect and passengers were no longer allowed to have guests on board. What a bummer. It took a lot of the fun out of bon voyaging.
So the Savvy Seafarer jumped for joy upon hearing that Princess Cruises will be allowing guests aboard on emarkation day beginning with Los Angeles sailings in March.
Not only can guests see passengers off, they can stay on board for up to 4 hours, tour the ship and have lunch in the dining room (for $39 per guest, which can be applied toward a future cruise).
The program debuts in March in the ports of Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, and then roll out to New York, San Francisco and Seattle. “Long-time cruisers will recall the fun of the bon voyage send-off with their family and friends, and we’re excited to re-introduce a new, modern version of this experience,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president.
Cruise passengers will be notified about the program through the pre-cruise emails they receive from Princess as their cruise date approaches. In-port guests can be booked through a travel agent or by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, beginning 120 days before the cruise and up to six days before the sailing date. Once registered, guests will be able to input their required security information through the line’s Cruise Personalizer.
The number of guests who will be able to participate in the Bon Voyage ExperienceSM on any given embarkation day will be approximately 50.
The roll-out schedule for the launch of the Bon Voyage ExperienceSM is:
- Sapphire Princess – March 6 in Los Angeles
- Crown Princess – March 6 in Fort Lauderdale
- Coral Princess – March 7 in Los Angeles
- Emerald Princess – March 7 in Fort Lauderdale
- Island Princess – March 10 in Los Angeles
- Ruby Princess – March 10 in Fort Lauderdale
- Golden Princess – March 14 in Los Angeles
- Royal Princess – March 27 in Fort Lauderdale
- Star Princess – April 10 in Fort Lauderdale
- Caribbean Princess – May 18 in New York
- Sea Princess – June 1 in San Francisco
During the Alaska season, Sapphire Princess, Golden Princess and Royal Princess will offer the program in Seattle, beginning in May.
Call for more details: 800-PRINCESS, or by visit www.princess.com.