Princess Cruises will base Sky Princess in Southampton for summer 2022 – the newest and largest ship the line has ever homeported in the UK.
Sky – which launched in October 2019 – will also operate Princess’s longest ex-UK season with an extra month of sailings.
Tony Roberts the line’s vice-president UK and Europe said the move showed an “incredible commitment” to the UK market.
Revealing Princess’s 2022 European deployment to media and trade partners on Thursday (19 November) he said: “Today signifies a turning point as we start to plan for the future. We appreciate your support as we start to rebuild and prepare for the future of cruising with Princess.”
Also featuring in the line’s summer 2022 European programme is Regal Princess, which will operate a roaming deployment in the Mediterranean sailing from Barcelona, Rome and Athens.
Elsewhere, Enchanted Princess – which Princess took delivery of in October – will sail out of Copenhagen.
Meanwhile, Crown Princess will offer British Isles itineraries, while Island Princess will sail Discovery voyages out of Rome and Copenhagen.
Elite membership guests are able to book summer 2022 from 2pm on 1 December and the programme goes on general sale the following day. Pricing leads in from £699pp for a seven-night sailing onboard Sky.
Roberts also announced a new Cruise with Confidence booking policy allowing customers to cancel up to 30 days before sailing and receive their cancellation fees back as a future cruise credit.
The policy is valid on bookings made until 31 January 2021 and on voyages until 31 October 2021.
Asked if 30 days would be enough to help customer confidence, when compared to some lines offering much shorter cancellation windows, Roberts said Princess was “seeking to find a balance”.