Princess Cruises will bolster its fleet with a sixth ship in 2021, while Holland America Line will welcome a third new ship in 2022.

Bookings are soon to open for the first European cruises of Princess Cruises’ brand new Majestic Princess, which sets sail from April 2017.

The newest member of the Princess fleet will spend just five weeks journeying around the Adriatic and Mediterranean before she heads for her new long-term home in China.

So if you’re keen to sample the 3,560-passenger ship then you’d better move fast when bookings open on December 3rd, 2015.

The 3,560-passenger Majestic Princess, currently being built in Italy, will set sail from Rome on 4 April 2017 for a five-day cruise to Kotor, Montenegro and Corfu, Greece.

Greece will feature on the maiden itinerary of Majestic Princess
Majestic Princess will visit the Greek island of Corfu on its maiden itinerary

Departures from Barcelona, Athens and Rome will take her through to 14 May 2017, after which the ship – sister to the Royal Princess and Regal Princess – will head to hew new home port of Shanghai as Princess Cruises’ spearhead into the booming Chinese cruise market.

Princess Cruises’ 2017 European summer schedule sees six ships visiting 119 destinations in 27 countries, sailing to all corners of the continent from the Mediterranean to the Baltic states. The 64 itineraries range from 5 to 28 nights, with 153 departures across the season.

New ports for Princess include Haugesund, Norway; Oban, Scotland; Siracusa, Italy; Ulvik, Norway and St Tropez, France.

St Petersburg in Russia for Princess Cruises
An overnight opportunity in St Petersburg, Russia is a highlight of the Princess 2017 Europe season

Royal Princess will run alternating 10 and 11-day Mediterranean itineraries which can be dovetailed to create a stunning 21-day Grand Mediterranean cruise. Regal Princess will be situated further north, joining Crown Princess and Pacific Princess to sail in Scandinavia, Russia, Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords.

The debut of the line’s ‘More Ashore’ program in 2017 allows guests to enjoy longer hours onshore on selected cruises to 15 countries. This includes two-day stopovers to fully enjoy a city’s vibrant nightlife and the typically European late-night dining, overnight stays in Dublin and St Petersburg plus departures at 9pm or later.

Maiden call for Princess Cruises will be Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez, France will welcome a Princess Cruises ship for the first time.