Princess Adds Another 680-Passenger Ship to Fleet

Vessel to Debut as Royal Princess, Further Expanding Line’s Exotic Offerings

Sister Ship to Popular Pacific Princess and Tahitian Princess to Enter Service in Spring 2007

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ — Princess Cruises today announced that it will expand its fleet with a sister vessel to the line’s popular Tahitian Princess and Pacific Princess. The 680-passenger ship will be named Royal Princess, taking the name of a much-beloved Princess ship which had long been cruising in Europe and other exotic worldwide destinations. Its new successor will take over a similar deployment when she enters service in spring 2007.

The 30,000-ton ship originally entered service in 2001 as a Renaissance vessel (named R8) and is currently cruising as Swan Hellenic’s Minerva II. Royal Princess will join its sisters Tahitian Princess and Pacific Princess to give passengers a cruising environment with all the hallmarks of choice for which Princess is known, including a variety of dining and entertainment options and a large number of cabins with private balconies.

“We’re delighted to welcome the new Royal Princess to our fleet,” said Alan Buckelew, the company’s president. “The Princess cruise experience is all about choice, and we’re sure this new ship addition will please our passengers who enjoy traveling aboard a smaller vessel to exotic destinations. We’re expecting that this ship will rapidly achieve the same loyal passenger following as her sisters Pacific and Tahitian.”

Buckelew added that the company’s smaller ships nicely complement its fleet of larger vessels, furthering Princess’ commitment to providing passengers with exotic itineraries and providing a “boutique version” of the company’s Personal Choice Cruising program. This includes a variety of dining experiences such as a 24-hour Lido cafe and alternative dining venues, and nearly three-quarters of all cabins featuring private balconies.

The ship will begin sailing for Princess in April 2007 after a two week dry dock to make some interior modifications. Her first itineraries will be in Europe with 12-day sailings in the Mediterranean, Holy Land and Black Sea, and details of these cruises will be announced shortly.

“With the addition of Royal Princess, this further modernizes the Princess fleet, which is already one of the youngest in the industry,” added Buckelew. “In 2007 our average ship age will be just under six years, and we know that our passengers appreciate the features and amenities we can offer with newer ships.”

Additional information is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

About Princess Cruises:

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 14 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, with sailings to all seven continents, ranging in length from seven to 30 days. The company, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2005, is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK).

Princess Cruises is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

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