Princess Cruises to homeport two ships in Southampton in 2026

Princess Cruises has released its “most extensive UK and Europe programme ever” for 2026, which will see two ships homeporting in Southampton.

The line will sail 222 European voyages between March and November 2026, offering 20% more cruises than 2025.

On general sale from May 23, the collection features 59 itineraries visiting 101 destinations across 29 countries, with cruises ranging from five to 42 nights in length.

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Customers in the Captain’s Circle can book from May 16 and are eligible for a promotion of up to a £100 discount if they book before August 31.

The 3,600-passenger Sky Princess (pictured) will homeport in Southampton for the sixth consecutive season, and will operate sailings from seven to 28 nights in duration to northern Europe, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean.

New for 2026 is a 28-night Scandinavian & Iberian Adventure itinerary sailing roundtrip from Southampton and calling at Skagen, Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Zeebrugge, Vigo, Cadiz, Malaga, Cartagena, Lisbon and Bilbao. Prices start at £2,749.

Sky Princess will also operate a 14-night Total Solar Eclipse cruise departing on August 12, 2026.

For the first time, the 3,560-passenger Majestic Princess will sail round-trip from Southampton, offering British Isles and northern Europe itineraries for durations of 11, 12 and 14 nights.

Sun Princess will sail in the Mediterranean for the third consecutive season, operating seven, 14 and 21-night cruises from three homeports: Civitavecchia, Piraeus and Barcelona.

A seven-night sailing from Barcelona to Civitavecchia calling at Gibraltar, Marseille, Genoa and La Spezia costs from £939.

Enchanted Princess will offer Mediterranean sailings from its homeport of Civitavecchia, with five, seven, eight and 14-night cruises available.

A five-night Greece & Adriatic Sampler itinerary calling at Kotor and Corfu leads in at £469.

Sapphire Princess will operate 12-night Norway, Denmark and Sweden itineraries from its homeport Copenhagen.

A 12-night round-trip cruise to Visby, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Gdansk, Oslo and Skagen costs from £1,459.

All five ships will operate transatlantic crossings, with sailings ranging from 14 to 29 nights.

Eithne Williamson, vice-president of Princess Cruises UK and Europe, said: “There is so much to love with our 2026 Europe cruise collection, with 59 unique itineraries to choose from visiting some of the world’s most famous and iconic destinations, and the lowest fares offered at the time of Princess launching a cruise programme.

“Sun Princess, the most impressive, luxurious and stunning ship that Princess has ever created, sails the glorious Mediterranean, the number one cruise destination for Brits, for the third consecutive year.

“Majestic Princess will be homeported in the UK for the first time alongside Sky Princess, and we’re excited that UK guests can experience these beautiful ships straight from Southampton.”

She added: “We’re certain our UK guests will love the round-trip Copenhagen and new roundtrip Civitavecchia itineraries as they can combine their Princess cruise with a pre or post-cruise stay in the charming Danish capital or the historic city of Rome.”

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