Princess Cruises, whose vessels travel to 330 destinations around the globe, has just added Yorktown, Virginia to their list of port calls. There will be five stops in Yorktown starting in the 2024 summer season.
John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises, said “Princess is already well known for our unique itineraries that appeal to our guests who gravitate toward interesting historical and cultural opportunities and Yorktown is perfectly in tune with that philosophy, offering not only a glimpse at the Revolutionary War but also dining, shopping and activity options with wide-ranging appeal. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Kristi Olsen-Hayes, the director of economic and tourism development for York County, added, “Our community is rooted in history and it is an important part of our visitor mix. We are honored that Princess Cruises sees the value in bringing their customers to Yorktown.”
The large vessels will take over the waterfront while visiting the scenic town. The Emerald Princess, which will make two calls in Yorktown, is 951 feet long, 19 decks high, and has 1539 cabins The Island Princess, which will make three calls in Yorktown, is 964 feet long with 987 cabins. Both vessels are packed with amenities, such as restaurants, wine bars, spas, fitness centers, entertainment, and special areas for children and adults only. The Emerald Princess even boasts an art gallery.
The ships will berth at Riverwalk Landing, just east of the Coleman Bridge. Riverwalk Landing offers restaurants, shops, bicycle rental, fishing pier, handicap beach access, and more. A convenient and free trolley service and can take passengers to popular spots in town.
For those who like to stretch their legs, Yorktown is a perfect place to visit on foot. The streets are lined with historical houses and buildings. Just up the hill from Riverwalk is Grace Church, which dates to 1697. The Customhouse was built in 1720 when Yorktown was a thriving seaport. Dr. Daniel McNorton, an African American doctor, bought the building in 1882 and used it to treat African American patients. The Nelson House, from 1730, contains a secret stairwell. Both the National Park Service Visitor Center and the American Revolution Museum are within a mile of the docks.
There will be opportunities for passengers to take trips to Williamsburg and Jamestown as well. History buffs can travel from 1607 in Jamestown, the first permanent English Settlement, through Williamsburg, to the Yorktown battlefield where we gained our independence in 1781.
Princess Cruises will be releasing more information on these cruises in the near future. Those who want to plan ahead can call Princess Cruises at 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237) or visit princess.com.