Princess trimming Japan deployment to one ship in 2015

Princess Cruises, which has two ships sailing in Japan until later this year, will scale back its presence there in 2015.

The cruise line, part of Doral-based Carnival Corp., said Monday that is will base the 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess in Japan next summer. But Sun Princess, with capacity for 2,022 passengers, will not return, sailing instead in Australia.

Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, said in a statement that moving Sun Princess to Australia “doesn’t diminish our enthusiasm” for the market, adding that the line will review the opportunity to add more capacity as demand for cruising in Japan grows.

During the parent company’s quarterly earnings call last month, CFO David Bernstein said Japan had seen “slower-than-expected demand growth.”

“While we are experiencing growing pains in Japan, we are still very bullish on the long-term prospects for this market,” he said.

Next year, Diamond Princess will sail from Tokyo and Kobe between late April and mid-September. The cruise line is offering a range of options, from three-night trips to a 10-night cruise.

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