Regal Princess has returned to Southampton today (3 August), concluding its first domestic cruise and marking Princess Cruises’ return to service in the UK.
The MedallionClass ship departed on a three-night scenic cruise from Southampton on 31 July, sailing with guests on board for the first time in 16 months.
Regal Princess is sailing a series of three to seven-night UK coastal cruises until late September and will be joined by Sky Princess from 30 August.
Both ships will offer scenic cruises and itineraries with ports of call to Portland, Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock. UK cruises are available to Covid-19 vaccinated guests only.
Princess Cruises UK & Europe vice-president Tony Roberts said the atmosphere on board had been “electric”, adding: “Our summer seacations have officially begun and we couldn’t be more delighted to have Princess Cruises sailing from the UK once again.
“The atmosphere on board Regal Princess was electric and it was fantastic to see guests and crew so excited to be back on board a Princess ship. The feedback from guests has been overwhelmingly positive, noting in particular the incredible service from crew and the quality of entertainment and dining.
“We would like to thank travel agents for their continued commitment and support to Princess over the past 16 months. We’ve waited a long time for the moment when we can say ‘we are back’. We’re confident guests will agree that is has been worth the wait.”
During the operational pause Princess made its entire fleet MedallionClass. The Ocean Medallion concept includes a range of features, including keyless stateroom entry, contactless payments, simplified safety training, and on-demand food, beverages and retail items delivered anywhere on board, among other things.
Majestic Princess was the first ship in the fleet to return to service following the extended pause in operations, departing Seattle for Alaska last month.