Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Princess Cruises Adds Historic Triangle to 2024 Schedule

The Island Princess. (Princess Cruises)

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Princess Cruises has announced a series of custom-curated itineraries slated for summer 2024 that includes a port stop in Yorktown and the Historic Triangle.

Five day-long stops are planned. Sailing dates, itineraries and shore excursions are yet to be announced.

“Princess is already well known for our unique itineraries that appeal to our guests who gravitate toward interesting historical and cultural opportunities and Yorktown is perfectly in tune with that philosophy, offering not only a glimpse at the Revolutionary War but also dining, shopping and activity options with wide-ranging appeal. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises and a Virginia native.

The Emerald Princess. (Princess Cruises)

Plans call for three visits by the 2,200-passenger Island Princess and two by the 3,080-passenger Emerald Princess, and will provide opprtunities for passengers to experience Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, as well.

Padgett noted the stops coincide with preparations for the 250th anniversaries of the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence.

“Our community is rooted in history and it is an important part of our visitor mix. We are honored that Princess Cruises sees the value in bringing their customers to Yorktown,” said Kristi Olsen-Hayes, Director, York County Economic & Tourism Development. “Additional visitors coming to our area via the cruise line would contribute to the region’s economy, benefiting retail, restaurants, and regional attractions, as well as generating revenue for both the commonwealth and multiple local governments.”

Princess said it will work with local tour operators to showcase the region.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this incredible opportunity to add this truly unforgettable destination experience to our already impressive array of itineraries,” said Padgett. “As a native Virginian myself, I can attest that an itinerary that offers the chance to visit Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown promises to be a most welcome addition for our guests, providing them memorable vacation experiences that they can’t find anywhere else.”

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