Princess Cruises

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Princess - Introduction

About Princess Cruises

Princess cruises have been sailing the seven seas since 1965 – you may remember the line as being home to classic TV programme The Love Boat! Still retaining that same aura of classic glamour, Princess is now fully modern with gourmet cuisine and high-end amenities to spoil you during your stay.

They currently have 17 ships in their fleet with a wide range of variety amongst their vessels. Whether you want a ship that has 3,560 passengers or just 680 passengers - the choice is yours! There are seven different classes of ship, all with different amenities and on-board facilities to suit your needs. Popular vessels include the Royal Princess, Grand Princess and the Ruby Princess.

Would You Like Princess Cruises?

You would if…

  • You want to cruise to new and interesting locations on varied itineraries
  • You like the intimacy of a small ship with the amenities available on larger vessels
  • You would like a relaxed atmosphere on ships that are still stylish

Popular Routes

With over 360 destinations to choose from, Princess cruises criss-cross the globe. This allows you to find an itinerary tailored to your vision of the perfect holiday, whether it involves spying spectacular wildlife in Alaska, visiting historic temples in Japan or soaking in the sun on a Caribbean beach. Australia cruises have become increasingly popular, allowing you to see incredible sights like the Great Barrier Reef and explore the varied coastline of this charming destination. Wind your way up and down the Pacific Coast of the USA, or visit the timeless cities of Europe’s well-preserved ports.

Entertainment On-board Princess

Swimming pools, hot tubs, spas and fitness classes are sure to keep you feeling fit and relaxed in equal measures onboard your Princess Cruise. Yet the entertainment goes far beyond these basic amenities, including upscale boutiques, a library, theatrical performances and even an open-air cinema experience. Movies Under the Stars showcases the latest blockbusters, music concerts and live sporting events in a 300-square foot movie theatre next to the pool.

Let world-class illusionists entertain you with their over-the-top tricks and intricate slight of hand, or prepare to laugh the night away with comedy shows from some of the world’s most famous guest comedians. Visit the Piazza for live music and acrobats at all times of day, and catch live music on the poolside deck. The Love Boat Disco Party is a must-experience event, hearkening back to Princess’s beginnings with a fun and campy disco extravaganza!

There is a state of the art on-board gym and fitness classes if you fancy something more energetic. You can also visit the shops, browse the library, take a behind the scenes tours and join one of the enrichment programmes. If you’ve got a head for heights, visit the Sea Walk on Royal class ships where you journey through a walkway sticking out from the side of the ship.

For a bit of razzle dazzle, visit the theatre to be wowed by performances of hit shows such as Stardust and the musical Wicked. The Princess “Movies Under The Stars” experience will have you watching films on the big screen outdoors with popcorn and blankets whilst the “Discovery at Sea” programme will teach you art history, navigation and culinary arts & crafts.

Does this sound entertaining and relaxing? It should do! After all, Princess promise you will “come back new!”

Dining Options

There’s zero chance that you’ll go hungry on a Princess cruise! Dining is available at any time of day, from light bites to multicourse meals all prepared onsite from seasonal ingredients when possible. Princess has just teamed up with Chef Curtis Stone, voted Los Angeles’s Chef of the Year in 2016. You’ll be able to sample his delicious, award-winning meals in the main dining area, using fresh ingredients. Dine at traditional mealtimes in the Main Dining Room, visit the all-day buffet, or enjoy more casual specialty options:

  • Crown Grill – Watch master chefs at work as they prepare your seafood.

  • Sabatini’s – Take a virtual visit to Tuscany in this elegant Italian restaurant.

  • Bayou Café – Sample the sizzling spices and fresh seafood of Creole and Cajun cuisine, New Orleans style.

  • The Crab Shack – Dig into succulent crabs with a bucket and mallet, New England-style.

  • Salty Dog Gastropub - Pub food goes posh with gourmet rib eye burgers and craft beers.

For something more casual, enjoy the Horizon Court Buffet, Café Caribe and the 24 hour International café. You can also enjoy afternoon tea in the main dining room or a few scoops of ice cream from Gelato for an extra treat!

For a special occasion, enjoy your food out on your balcony for a romantic or relaxed setting as you taste your way through a four course meal in the privacy of your own room.

To compliment the wide range of food choice, the bars on-board are all well stocked with some having a choice of up to 30 wines to choose from. Popular watering holes include the nautically themed Wheelhouse Bar or Crooners martini bar.

Drinks Packages

From morning coffee to before-bed nightcap, there’s a full menu of hydrating options on the menu onboard. The Premier Beverage Package is a popular option for those in search of all-rounder great value. You’ll be able to enjoy bottled water, specialty coffees, smoothies, sodas, wine, beer and cocktails on demand! Try something new like a cold brew coffee or mixologist-created cocktail to break out of a beverage rut. An international Whiskey Bar Menu is available on some ships, showcasing the finest single malts and blends alongside new world bourbons and ryes. And whether you fancy a full-bodied Merlot or light-as-air Pinot Grigio, sample vintages from the world’s finest vineyards in the cruise ships’ sleek wine bars.

Alongside the Premier Beverage Package, there’s an alcohol-free Unlimited Soda & More package covering unlimited mocktails, juices, hot chocolates and soft drinks. The New Grounds Coffee Package is a guaranteed pick-me-up for java lovers, offering your choice of 15 espresso-based beverages!

Service Charges

To keep tipping simple, Princess charges a discretionary service charge ranging from $13.50 to $15.50 per passenger per day. The exact amount will depend on your accommodation and itinerary. This can be pre-paid online so you don’t have to worry about tipping at all during your journey. There’s also a 15% service charge for Spa services and bars.

Amenities and Activities

Luxury is the aim of the game at Princess, and all facilities are designed to help you relax. There’s nothing like a good night of rest to give you the energy needed to tackle a long day of excursions, so drift away in the Princess Luxury Bed. Developed with sleep expert Dr Michael Breus, this bed design has been awarded ‘best cruise ship bed’ by Cruise Critic.

  • Accommodation

    All cabins come equipped with all the basic amenities that you’d find in a luxury hotel, like a satellite flat screen TV, 100% cotton linens, complimentary toiletries and waffle bathrobes. A refrigerator and digital security features help round out the amenities on offer. If you upgrade to a suite, you can expect even more pampering with gel eye masks, free DVDs and more. 

    Guest who are staying in suites will have enhanced amenities such as gel eye masks, linen spray, lip balm, free DVD library access and bath salts.

    Every day you will receive the Princess Patter daily programme and have access to the internet café, Wi-Fi and self-service laundry. The currency on-board is in US dollars, unless sailing in Australian waters where the currency will be Australian dollars.

  • Family Amenities

    Princess caters for all ages, and with that in mind there’s plenty of activities for children and teens along with group babysitting in the evenings. Teens can mix and mingle with peers in their own formal dinner event, while pizza parties and movie nights get the little ones involved with their new friends.

  • Spa and Wellness

    Visit the adults-only Sanctuary on the top deck to unwind with soothing music, fresh beverages and light spa bites. You can book an al fresco massage in a private cabana, or visit the Lotus Spa to select from an extensive menu of treatments. From a basic mani-pedi to a detoxifying seaweed wrap, you’ll emerge feeling rejuvenated and simply gorgeous. There’s also a fitness centre on hand, with weight machines, treadmills and exercise courses. Zumba, Tai Chi and Yoga are just a few options here to boost your mood. If you prefer to enjoy the fresh air, run a few laps around the outdoor jogging track!

Family Friendly Facilities

Princess have a range of facilities on-board to make families and children comfortable. They include:

  • Dedicated kids clubs to entertain children between the ages of 3 and 17.
  • Group babysitting is available in the evening for a charge
  • Children can dine with youth staff if parents want to eat alone as well as a Teen’s only formal dinner
  • Pizza parties, sports tournaments and movie nights are all available

Whilst sailing through Alaskan waters kids can even learn to become Junior Rangers as they get involved with the National Park Service.

Dress Code

A smart casual dress code is in force for most evening events. Princess recommends that women wear smart separates or dresses, and men can wear trousers and open neck shirts. Formal nights take place on a roughly weekly schedule, giving you the chance to show your fellow passengers just how nicely you scrub up in a cocktail dress, evening gown, dark suit or tuxedo.