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Princess Cruises has a fleet of 15 ships ranging in size from 2,000 passengers to 3,660 passengers. The brand is famed for its Alaska sailings, but also offers cruises all over the world. Princess is widely credited for having introduced millions of Americans to the concept of a modern cruise holiday and the line is still innovating to this day with the launch of the latest member of its fleet, Enchanted Princess in 2021. The 3,660-guest vessel is 1,083 feet in length and 217 feet in height. Princess took delivery of Royal-class ship Discovery Princess in early 2022, with the vessel sailing in the Spring. A new Sphere-class of ships, each able to carry 4,300 passengers, will be introduced from 2023.

Why choose this cruise line?

Princess Cruises offers destination leadership. It sails to 330 destinations on 15 ships – and owns five wilderness lodges in Alaska. The line's tour operator partners live in, work in and know these ports better than anyone else. Local experiences are brought on board, like regional cuisine and entertainment.

Personalised service is at the core of what Princess cruise holidays provide. The team tries to make each guest feel special, from knowing you take lime instead of lemon in your gin to remembering how you like your steak cooked.

The cruise line also offers insurmountable value. Not only do guests get to explore multiple destinations yet only unpack once but cruising with Princess includes multicourse meals to remember, Broadway-style shows, comedy acts and bands plus comfortable staterooms that feature the Princess Luxury Bed. The best value of all can be achieved with the Princess Plus fare which includes drinks, fast, reliable Wi-Fi and crew appreciation for just £30 a day (worth over £65).

Tech is impressive onboard, too. Princess Cruises’ wearable Medallion opens your cabin door as you approach, saving all that fumbling around for a key card and is around the size of a 10p coin. Combined with a smartphone, the device also allows you to order food, drink and even suncream to wherever you are on the ship. You can even find out where your child (or partner) has wandered off to, join in virtual games on the top-deck screen or avoid the queues at guest services by messaging a crew member.

Aside from the tech, Princess also offers glitzy atriums, a variety of restaurants and lounges, and movies under the stars.

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Reviews for Princess Cruises

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By Diane on 19/05/2022

So disappointed with this cruise This was our 5th cruise with princess cruises. The heart has gone from this cruise line … staff seem depressed and dispirited , tired decor , food uninspiring , so dif...

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By Gillian on 19/05/2022

Excellent But the medlion was a pain.

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By Rahila on 18/05/2022

Best time ever Only we didn’t get halal meat

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By Pauline on 17/05/2022

It was great. Staff worked very hard to make it a success. The production show was amazing

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Cruising with Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises offers a traditional but relaxed style of cruising for its passengers. Hallmarks of the line include the Piazza (a central gathering area which includes shops, bars, and cafés), three main dining rooms, several pools and popular Movies Under the Stars screenings. The line’s newer cruise ships have been taking on more modern features, no doubt to attract a younger crowd, from the new Medallion tech to a digital escape room experience (Sky Princess), which combine well with the line’s more classic offerings.

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Who should travel with Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises appeals to a wide variety of passengers, from families and couples to seasoned cruisers and new-to-cruise.

Princess ships typically have a family-friendly vibe, catering to passengers of all ages. Kids’ facilities include youth and teen clubs, interactive games via Medallion and group sporting activities, from basketball tournaments to scavenger hunts and dance competitions.

Ships are modern and sophisticated and offer a relaxed and laidback atmosphere.

Princess Cruises destinations

Princess Cruises is famed for its Alaska sailings and in 2019, the cruise line marked its 50th year sailing in the region by sending seven of its ships to Alaska – its biggest deployment yet.

Princess’ destinations include the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada and New England, Antarctica, and world voyages.

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Princess Cruises Cabins

Princess Cruises offers seven to eight different types of cabins on their ships.

Suite

  • Spacious Suite with a luxury bed, sofa bed, patio with updated furniture, and a separate seating area

Club Class

  • A premium stateroom that includes a balcony with two to four chairs, separate seating area with a sofa bed and coffee table, queen or two twin beds, refrigerator and a bathroom tub and massage shower head with upgraded amenities

Mini-Suite

  • A 323 square foot suite, including a balcony supplied with a table and chairs, bathroom tub and massage shower head, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, separate sitting area with sofa bed & coffee table

Balcony

  • A 214-222 square feet suite, including a balcony with 2 chairs and table, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, comfortable queen or two twin beds, and a refrigerator

Oceanview

  • A room with a view that is approximately 146 to 216 square feet with a spacious window, comfortable queen or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, flat-panel television, and a refrigerator

Interior

  • The most affordable option of all the cabins, the room is approximately 158-162 square feet and has a queen or two twin beds, refrigerator, private bathroom with a shower, desk, and a flat-panel television

Two Bedroom Family Suite

  • For larger families or groups travelling together, this option has suite-only benefits, two bathrooms, a large living room, an expansive balcony, and sleeps up to eight people

Princess Cruises dining

Princess Cruises has a plethora of renowned dining options on all fourteen of its ships. There are different dining experiences available depending on whether cruisers want more of an elegant meal or a casual lunch; Princess Cruises has it all.

A Princess MedallionClass Vacation allows cruisers to order meals to their balcony or on the top deck through the OceanNow on the Princess Medallion app. Through the Medallion app, cruisers can access Dine My Way which allows guests to customize their dining experience with their preferences. Princess Cruises' ships offer a variety of speciality restaurants.

Crown Grill - a steakhouse that was named among “Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses” by USA TODAY

  • All Princess Cruise ships have a Crown Grill

Sabatini’s - award-winning, trattoria-style dining experience

  • Available on Caribbean Princess, Coral Princess, Emerald Princess, Enchanted Princess, Grand Princess, Regal Princess, Ruby Princess, Sky Princess, and Discover Princess in 2022

Sterling Steakhouse - steakhouse voted among “Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses” by USA TODAY

  • All Princess Cruise ships have a Sterling Steakhouse

Chef’s Table - a multicourse dinner with the Executive Chef

  • All Princess Cruise ships have a Chef’s Table

Kai Sushi - traditional sushi bar

  • Available on Diamond Princess

Bayou Café - New Orleans cuisine with a mixture of French, Spanish and African influences

  • Available on Coral Princess and Island Princess

The Salty Dog - gastropub

  • All Princess Cruise ships have The Salty Dog

Harmony - Chinese culinary dining experience created in partnership with former chef of Wing Lei, the first Chinese restaurant in North America awarded a Michelin star

  • Available on Majestic Princess

Bistro Sur La Mer - casual French bistro-style dining with a modern twist

  • Available on Majestic Princess, Sky Princess, and Enchanted Princess

Planks BBQ - American-style dinner

  • Available on Majestic, Regal, and Sky Princess as a dinner Pop-Up event

Steamers - family-style seafood restaurant

  • Available on Majestic, Regal, and Sky Princess as a dinner-only Pop-Up event

Royal Afternoon Tea

  • Available on Enchanted, Regal, Royal, and Sky Princess in the piazza, Diamond Princess while in Japan

Princess Cruises entertainment

Princess Cruises has a large variety of entertainment options on all its ships including Broadway-calibre productions, world-class magicians, illusionists, headliner comedians, street entertainers, and live music.

Rock Opera - one-of-a-kind production that features costumes inspired by glamourous avant-garde fashion and has a musical soundtrack that spans across the genres of classic rock, opera, and musical theatre.

  • Available on Sky Princess

5- SKIES - one of the most technologically advanced production shows

  • Available on Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess

The Secret Silk - life-size puppetry show from Jen Henson’s Creature Shop

  • Available on all Princess Cruises ships

Magic To Do - magic show from Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning composer of Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, Stephen Schwartz

  • Available on all Princess Cruise ships

Bravo - a performance where opera meets popular music

  • Available on all Princess Cruises ships

Encore - inspired by Bravo!, a show that combines pop, opera and musical theatre

  • Available on all Princess Cruise ships

Fantastic Journey - a performance that combines rock-concert energy and aerial performers in a technological show

  • Available on all Princess Cruise ships

The Voice of the Ocean - based on the show, The Voice, this show comes aboard and has live performances, mentors, blind auditions, charismatic judges, and the classic rotating chairs

  • Available on all Princess Cruise ships

Movies Under the Stars - watch movies on Princess Cruise’s 300-square foot poolside movie theatre

  • Available on all Princess Cruise ships

The things we love about Princess Cruises

Cruise inclusions

  • Meals throughout the day including decadent four-course meals
  • 24-hour room service
  • Entertainment, and an endless array of activities, including newly launched Discovery at Sea programs like Stargazing, kids crafts and more

Unique selling points

Only on Princess can guests enjoy evenings spent watching Movies Under the Stars, with complimentary blankets and popcorn. Meet friends for a small bite, wine by the glass and enjoy street performer-style entertainment in the Piazza. Or spend a few hours of tranquillity in The Sanctuary — a retreat just for adults where guests can enjoy a massage, signature drinks and snacks or the spectacular sea views from their plush lounge chair.