Princess Cruises will deploy its newest ship to Australian waters next year, basing its Majestic Princess in Sydney over the 2018-19 summer season.

The 143,000 tonne vessel is now the flagship of the Princess Fleet and will be the largest ship the line has sailed from Australia. Carrying 3,560 guests, it made its maiden voyage from Italy early last month.

In her Australian season, Majestic Princess will sail 16 cruises to destinations including Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania as well as two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.

Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the deployment of Majestic Princess was testament to Australians’ love of cruising.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming our newest, most stylish and most luxurious flagship to our shores,” Allison said. “Having just experienced her preview voyage, I know Australian cruisers will love all that she has to offer.”

Majestic Princess offers 1,780 staterooms, more than 80% of which have private balconies. The ship has 13 dining options including two restaurants with menus designed by Michelin star chefs — Harmony by Chef Richard Chen and La Mer by Chef Emmanuel Renaut.

Other features include 1000m2 of shopping area and a dramatic over-the-ocean glass walkway, the SeaWalk.

Majestic Princess will join three other ships operating the Princess Cruises 2018-19 Australia and New Zealand program – Golden Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess — together offering almost 100 cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle and Auckland.

Fares aboard Majestic Princess start from $1,499 per person twin share for a balcony room on a six-night cruise from Sydney to Tasmania, departing 18 November, 2018.

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