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Princess Cruises opened sales for its longest cruise yet: a 116-day cruise, touring six continents and starting at $19,999 per person for an inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

The 2,200-passenger Island Princess will visit 51 destinations, sailing to the Mediterranean, Central America, Africa, Asia and Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

In total, passengers will visit 26 countries and cover 33,500 nautical miles.

The ship will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 5 January 2025 and also pick up guests in Los Angeles, California on 20 January 2025.

The voyage includes an overnight stop in Dubai and 11 ‘More Ashore’ late-night calls in Sydney, Australia; Aqaba, Jordan; Cartagena, Colombia; and Genoa, Italy.

The cruise will give guests access to 27 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including a stop in Alexandria, Egypt enabling passengers to visit the Giza pyramids.

The UNESCO sites also including the 164-year-old Singapore Botanical Gardens, Old City of Dubrovnik in Croatia, and the Ancient Greek City of Ephesus in Turkey.

According to a Princess Cruise press release, guests can shorten their cruise to 51 to 66 days if they are unable to make the entirety of the trip.

Guest who choose the shorter voyage can depart from Fort Lauderdale or Los Angeles to Dubai, or from Dubai to either American city.

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