MV Golden Princess is scheduled for seven-day "Canada/New England" itienraries in Sepember and October of 2003. I'm guessing that MV Grand Princess will go straight to the Caribbean at the end of her Mediterranean season, currently scheduled for early September. Here's the text from Princess's press release announcing this schedule (http://www.princess.com/news/article...rticleId=na530
"Golden Princess' seven-day itinerary will again offer scenic cruising past the most colorful autumn displays along the East Coast, combined with a multitude of onboard dining and entertainment options. The convenient round-trip cruise from New York departs on Saturdays and sails to Halifax (Nova Scotia), St. John (New Brunswick) -- including Bay of Fundy cruising, Bar Harbor (Maine), Boston and Newport (Rhode Island). The ship offers four voyages between September 20 and October 11."
It looks like MV Golden Princess is going to "book it" from Southamton to New York since an earlier Princess press release (http://www.princess.com/news/article...rticleId=na508
) states the following.
"In addition to their Grand Mediterranean voyages, each ship will also offer a Mediterranean/ Atlantic and two trans-Atlantic sailings that will take them to a number of new ports. Grand Princess' Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona crossing on May 4 includes two first-time calls for the ship in Gibraltar and Alicante, Spain. The Mediterranean/Atlantic cruises (September 2 on Golden Princess and September 11 on Grand Princess) travel between Barcelona and Southampton, stopping at Marseille, Livorno, Cannes, Gibraltar, Casablanca (maiden calls for both ships), Cadiz (Spain -- also first-time calls), Lisbon, Vigo (Spain) and Le Havre."
That cruise has ten ports of call, so it has to be at least twelve nights -- which means that she won't be in Souhthampton until the 14th at the earliest and she's due in New York on the 20th -- six days later. Likewise, it seems likely that MV Grand Princess won't return to the Caribbean before early October based upon the dates in this paragraph.