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Blog post May 7, 2024
Grand Princess will relocate to San Juan for five months starting in fall 2025.

Michel Verdure / Courtesy of Princess Cruises

Grand Princess will relocate to San Juan for five months starting in fall 2025.

Grand Princess relocating to San Juan

Ship begins new Caribbean itineraries starting in October 2025

Princess Cruises is relocating its 2,590-passenger ship Grand Princess to San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting in October 2025 and running through March 2026. What's more, the ship will visit more ports than ever during its seven-day itineraries.

Bookings open May 16, 2024, for what is bound to be a very popular itinerary.

“Our return to San Juan after more than a decade not only reconnects our guests with a port rich in history and charm but further expands the variety of departure points across North America that our guests can sail from,” said Terry Thornton, chief commercial officer for Princess Cruises. “Puerto Rico remains one of the fastest-growing destinations in the Caribbean and continues to attract new airlift from source markets across the U.S. as well as markets in Europe and South America, which makes it a great fit for Princess. Plus, there are many outstanding options to choose from for a great pre- or post-cruise stay.”

Grand Princess was originally scheduled to sail Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific voyages from Brisbane and Sydney but instead will sail two alternating, seven-night itineraries, with departures from Oct. 12, 2025 to March 29, 2026. The new itineraries feature stops at five different and unique destinations--many of which are not available on 7-night cruises departing from Florida.

Boats are anchored in the bay near Secret Harbour on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
US Virgin Islands Dept. of TourismBoats are anchored in the bay near Secret Harbour on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Here are the two itineraries Grand Princess will offer out of San Juan: 

“We are excited to welcome Princess Cruises back home to the Port of San Juan," said Carlos Mercado Santiago, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. "This announcement underscores our commitment to cement San Juan as the leading home port in the region, where guests can sail throughout the wonderful ports of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Furthermore, the sailings will help drive economic development for both Puerto Rico and our regional partners.” 

Ain't it grand

My husband and I were aboard the 1998 inaugural cruise of the then-behemoth Grand Princess, which was one of the biggest cruise ships afloat at the time. It has since been surpassed by many others, such as the 248,663-gross-ton Icon of the Seas launched by Royal Caribbean in January. It was an amazing experience. She is grand in many ways.

Like all Princess ships, the Grand has been upgraded and offers lots of dining and delights, signature Princess amenities like the Sanctuary and Movies Under the Stars, and Broadway-style productions in the Princess Theater. It also offers Princess MedallionClass, a next-level technology with MedallionNet, good Wi-Fi at sea and food and beverage service provided throughout the ship by touchless technology.

Also on the Grand, passengers can save some money by buying into the Princess Plus and Premier packages that add up to save cruisers about 65% on essentials such as gratuities, Wi-Fi and beverages.

Interested in a cruise on Grand Princess?

If you're interested in a cruise on Grand Princess out of San Juan or elsewhere, contact a Cruiseable travel consultant to hear about all your options — and to lock in the maximum savings and all the perks. We work for you for free. Call a travel expert at 1-877-322-3773 or email [email protected] today.

Patti Pietschmann
I'm the LA Travel Diva and spend time cruising with first mate Richard, traveling the world, reviewing fine restaurants, going to plays, movies and events. It's the good life.


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