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Review of Princess Cruises

Princess cruise line is a premium brand and a subsidiary company of the “Carnival group of influence”, or one of the ten cruise ship lines owned by the world’s biggest cruise company Carnival Corporation & PLC. As part of the conglomerate, the Princess line brings around a fifth of its revenue.

The Princess Cruises history began in 1965, when the company was founded by Stanley McDonald who chartered an Alaskan cruise ship MS Princess Patricia for sailings to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles during the vessel’s off-season – the winter. Then in 1965 a new ship was chartered to the Princess line – MS Italia, with a modern design and numerous innovations allowing more spacious upper decks and larger public areas amid-ship by placing the engines far in the rear. The new “Princess Italia” again operated the Mexican Riviera from LA (the Princess logo on the ship’s funnel.was placed for the first time in 1967). In 1969 the ship made its inaugural season in Alaska with round-trip itineraries starting from San Francisco. When the Italia ship’s charter ended in 1973, Princess chartered the Carla C ship from Costa Cruises (the ship was unofficially renamed “Princess Carla”).

Princess cruise line address and phone number – “24844 Avenue Rockefeller, Santa Clarita, CA 91355” (phone 800-774-6237).

The Princess line’s new history began in 1974 when the company was acquired by P&O. The new owner transferred its “Spirit of London” ship (renamed as “Sun Princess”) and 3 more ships specifically bought from “Flagship Cruises” for the Princess brand – “Sea Venture” (to become “Island Princess”), “Island Venture” (“Pacific Princess”) and the Kungsholm liner (“Sea Princess”). The first newly built and specifically for Princess ship was MS Royal Princess (1984, she also served Princess under the name “Artemis”).

An important company asset is the “Princess Tours” Alaska division (acquired in 1986) with 10 luxury rail-cars for scenic tours of Mt McKinley and capacity of over 700 guests per day. With the acquisition of the Sitmar Line in 1988, the P&O line added to the Princess brand 3 more ships (then under construction) – Star Princess (1989), and in 1990 – Crown Princess and Regal Princess, plus 2 former Cunarders ships to become Dawn Princess and Fair Princess, and the ex Sitmar’s “Fairsky” to become Sky Princess, to bring the Princess line’s cruise fleet to 10 ships. A new “P&O Princess Cruises” company was made in 2000 (October 23), which subsequently merged with Carnival Corp in 2003 (April 17) into Carnival Corporation & plc – it was an US $5,4 billion dollars deal which created the largest cruise company in the world ever, incorporating 11 different cruise ship lines.

Currently, the Princess cruise line is transferred to the Carnival’s American division, but the line’s marketing and sales in UK are under Carnival plc (aka Carnival UK, also responsible for the Cunard Line’s management). The world’s most romantic attention the Princess Cruises line received by the participation of its ships (first Island and Pacific, and later Royal, Sun and Sea princesses) in the filmed aboard actual ships “The Love Boat” TV-series aired on ABC network from 1977 until 1986. In May 2013, the newest Princess ship Royal Princess became the flagship of the line.

One of the most famous features of the Princess Cruises line is its revolutionary new “Personal Choice Cruising” program – an unstructured and individualized approach to the ship vacation travel by the innovative concept of “if you want it – when you want it”. The Princess line’s style of ship travel provides an exceptional feeling of choice and flexibility with the idea to give its guests the opportunity to customize their ship vacation in a way that most fits their personal interests and desires. Implemented in the mid 90s with the line’s new Sun-class ships, this unique concept of passengers being in control of their voyages and vacation experiences was realized by multiple dining venues on board, flexible entertainment options and the idea of cheap affordable private balcony staterooms.

In April 2016, Princess Cruises officially signed an agreement for 2 new cruise ships, due for delivery in 2019 and 2020. The 4th and 5th Royal-class vessels will be constructed as part of a previously announced agreement between Carnival Corporation (the line's parent company), and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A.

The still unnamed 3,560-passenger vessels will join sister ships Majestic Princess (scheduled to debut in China summer 2017), Regal Princess and Royal Princess. They will include Princess Cruises staples such as Movies Under the Stars, the Piazza and balconies in 80% of the staterooms, as well as introduce "new to the line" features. 

Carnival Corporation has a total of 16 cruise ships scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2020. Princess has not revealed where the newbuilds will be based.

Princess cruise ships names (ordered newest to oldest) year built (age) builder cost to build (in millions of USD) / class Passenger capacity (normal) Weight (Gross-Tonnage) Size comparison (length overall & width in m (ft)
Majestic Princess 2017
(new) Fincantieri
$680 / Royal 3560 143,000 330 (1083) - 38 (125)
Regal Princess 2014 (new) Fincanteri $735 / Royal 3560 142,700 330 (1083) - 38 (125)
Royal Princess 2013 (new) Fincanteri $735 / Royal 3600 142,700 330 (1083) - 38 (125)
Ruby Princess 2008 (5) Fincantieri $500 / Grand 3070 113,600 290 (951) - 36 (118)
Emerald Princess 2007 (6) Fincanteri $500 / Grand 3070 113,600 290 (952) - 36 (118)
Crown Princess 2006 (7) Fincanteri $500 / Grand 3080 113,600 290 (950) - 36 (118)
Caribbean Princess 2004 (9) Fincanteri $500 / Grand 3080 112,900 290 (951) - 36 (118)
Diamond Princess 2004 (9) Mitsubishi $400 / Grand 2670 116,000 288,3 (951) - 38 (123)
Sapphire Princess 2004 (9) Mitsubishi $400 / Grand 2670 116,000 288 (951) - 37 (123)
Island Princess 2003 (10) Chantiers (France) $360 / Coral 1970 92,000 294 (965) - 32,2 (106)
Coral Princess 2002 (11) Chantiers (France) $360 / Coral 1970 92,000 294 (965) - 32,2 (106)
Star Princess 2002 (11) Fincanteri $450 / Grand 2600 109,000 289 (951) - 32 (106)
Golden Princess 2001 (12) Fincanteri $450 / Grand 2600 109,000 289 (950) - 36 (118)
Ocean Princess 1999 (14) Chantiers (France) $150 / R class (R4) 680 30,300 181 (594) - 26 (84)
Pacific Princess 1999 (14) Chantiers (France) $150 / R class (R3) 680 30,300 181 (594) - 26 (84)
Grand Princess 1998 (15) Fincanteri $450 / Grand 2600 107,600 289 (951) - 36 (118)
Sea Princess 1998 (15) Fincantieri $300 / Sun 1950 78,000 261 (857) - 32 (106)
Dawn Princess 1997 (16) Fincanteri $300 / Sun 1950 77,500 261 (857) - 38 (123)
Sun Princess 1995 (18) Fincanteri $300 / Sun 1950 77,500 261 (857) - 32 (106).

  • registry-flags (Flag State) - all registered in Hamilton, Bermuda
  • (normal cruising) speed in knots, mph, kmph - from 21,5 kn (40 kmh / 25 mph) to 22,5 kn (42 kmh / 26 mph).
  • ship ratings - 5-star ratings of all cruise ships

Itinerary of Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises offers travelers the complete package including comfortable accommodations, comprehensive on board entertainment, options for families with children and, of course, incredible shore excursions. As it was founded in 1965, the Princess Cruises company has been able to refine their itinerary selection, and now you can sail to destinations all over the world with a vast array of diverse itineraries.

The impressive selection presents over 160 itineraries that reach over 300 ports all around the globe, with sailings ranging from 7 to 100+ days on Princess World tours. The list of Princess cruise destinations include Alaska, Europe (and UK), the whole Caribbean, Bermuda, regular Panama Canal crossing cruises, the Mexican Riviera, South America and the Pacific Islands (with Hawaii and Tahiti), Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and New England.

Playing with sled dog puppies on a cruise ship is probably the last thing one would ever imagine doing. However, it is one of the new activities available to guests on Princess Cruises Alaska itineraries. The North to Alaska enrichment program of the line, which debuted last year, gives passengers the chance to take pictures and interact with baby sled dogs in the atrium area. The dog handlers are on hand to talk about the unique Alaskan sport.

Puppies in the Piazza

"Puppies in the Piazza" is between the three new features of North to Alaska. Travelers on Princess' Alaska cruises will be able to taste their own catch of the day for dinner. New fishing excursions, available on cruisetours and cruises, will allow passengers to select their preferred preparation by the culinary team onboard.

Additionally, cruisetour guests can meet climbers who have conquered the Denali, in the theater at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, Denali State Park. Outside the lodge they will have the chance to see a retired airplane, similar to the ones used to transport climbers to and from base camp.

Fishing and sled dog puppies activities are both complimentary. The Denali show bears at US$20 per person fee. The North to Alaska program is available on Coral PrincessCrown PrincessGrand PrincessIsland PrincessRuby Princess and Star Princess. Together, the six offer over 120 Alaska cruises in 2016 and 113 in 2017.

Princess Cruises 2017 cruises to Europe include inaugural sailings of the newest ship of the line Majestic Princess. The season offers six ships with sailings to 119 destinations from the Mediterranean to the northernmost of Europe. Passengers can choose out of 64 itineraries and 153 departures, visiting 27 different countries. Debuting in April 2017, the Majestic Princess will first set sail on maiden European cruises with 5- to 28-day Mediterranean sailings from AthensBarcelona and Rome.

In 2017 Princess offers the "More Ashore" program, crafting the new itineraries to give line's guests more opportunities to enjoy the culture and flavors of the region. With port calls that offer more time ashore, late night departures, an overnight, or a 2-day experience, during the day vacationers can see the sights and in the evening experience the nightlife of some destinations. The European highlights of the program include overnights in Saint Petersburg and Dublin, as well as late evening stays in over 15 countries.

Princess Cruises will cruise from Adelaide for the first time in 2017-2018, offering South Australians roundtrip sailings to New Zealand. Golden Princess is due to depart Adelaide January 8, 2018 with visits to Akaroa, Auckland, Dunedin, Gisborne, Melbourne, Tauranga, Wellington and scenic cruising through the Fiordland National Park. Princess Cruises also plans to make maiden calls at Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island as part of a 6-night voyage from Melbourne or a 4-night cruise to Melbourne from Adelaide.

Other options on the new Princess summer program include New Zealand cruises from other cities in Australia, a 28-night Australian circumnavigation from both Sydney and Brisbane, a 35-night roundtrip voyage to Tahiti and Hawaii, and a 22-night trip from Tokyo to Sydney via Bali, Darwin and Vietnam. Golden Princess and Diamond Princess will also sail between Australia and Japan and Singapore, with the Australian dollar (AUD) as onboard currency and no tipping on repositioning cruises to and from Australia, effective for the first time after October 2017.

Caribbean Princess

  • 7-days Caribbean (with Jamaica and Puerto Rico) from Fort Lauderdale FL
  • Mediterranean, Norway, Norwegian Fjords and Iceland cruises from Southampton
  • Repositioning Transatlantic
  • (2016) 6-8-days from Fort Lauderdale to Southern Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao); 6-day to Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, either Honduras/Costa Maya/Roatan)
  • (2016) 14-days Caribbean Adventurer (Southern and Western Caribbean)
  • (2016) 10-days Canada and New England from Quebec City to New York (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Boston, Massachusetts, Newport)
  • (2016) 14-days Canada and Colonial America from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale (Norfolk, Virginia, Bar Harbor, Maine, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Port Saguenay).
  • (2017) 12-days British Isles cruises with last night stay in Edinburgh, a new late evening stay in Belfast, and an overnight in Dublin on select departures out of London (Southampton).

Coral Princess

  • 10-11-days round-trip cruises to Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale (with Jamaica).
  • 7-days Alaska cruise one-way to Whittier from Vancouver, and the reverse.
  • Repositioning Florida-Alaska through Panama Canal (LA to Vancouver, Florida to Vancouver, and the reverse).
  • (2016) 10-days partial and 15-days full Panama Canal cruises.

Crown Princess

  • 7-days Alaska cruises from Seattle (Alaska roundtrip)
  • from LA:
  • 3-days Ensenada from Los Angeles
  • 4- and 7-days Ensenada and California
  • 7-days Mexican Riviera
  • 28-days Tahiti and Hawaii
  • Repositioning Alaska to Los Angeles.
  • (2016) 5-days Caribbean (stops in Princess Cays and Dominican Republic)
  • (2016) 28-days Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa from LA to French Polynesia.
  • (2017) Northern Europe, Scandinavia & Russia from London (Dover or Southampton) or Copenhagen, featuring an overnight in St. Petersburg.
  • (2017) North Cape cruises to the Arctic Circle, visiting the Norwegian fjords.

Dawn Princess

  • Australia-New Zealand & Tasmania from Melbourne:
  • 13d AU to NZ (round-trip)
  • 6d Tasmania (round-trip)
  • Around Australia Grand cruise (from Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney)
  • 2-days cruise Melbourne to Sydney (and the reverse).

Diamond Princess

  • 8-21-days (round-trip and one-way) cruises to New Zealand from Australia and the reverse (visiting Melbourne and Tasmania).
  • ~1-month cruises Around Australia from Sydney
  • 9-27-days Asia cruises (Yokohama round-trips) from Japan
  • relocation between Australia and Asia
  • During 2017-2018 season Diamond Princess will sail between Australia and Japan and Singapore.

Emerald Princess

  • UK cruises departing from Southampton to Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Mediterranean
  • Western Caribbean cruises from Houston TX
  • Mediterranean cruises from Rome, Barcelona, Athens, Istanbul
  • Repositioning transatlantic to Europe from Florida.
  • As of November 15, 2016 Emerald Princess starts sailing from her new home port in Sydney, Australia,

Golden Princess

  • 15-days Hawaii cruises with Baja Ensenada from Los Angeles
  • 10-days Mexican Riviera cruises with Baja California from LA
  • 7-days Alaska cruises departing from Seattle WA
  • Repositioning cruises to Alaska from California and the reverse.
  • China summer season 2016 in Tianjin.
  • 2017-2018 Australian season with departures from Adelaide; Golden Princess will also sail between Australia and Japan and Singapore.

Grand Princess

  • From San Francisco CA:
  • 15d to Hawaii
  • 10d to Mexico
  • 10d to Alaska
  • 7d Pacific Coastal
  • (2016) year-round cruises from San Francisco to Hawaii, Mexico, Baja California, after the Summer season in Alaska.

Island Princess

  • 15-days transit Panama Canal cruises to Florida from California, and the reverse from LA and Fort Lauderdale
  • 11-days roud-trip Panama Canal cruises from Fort Lauderdale FL
  • 7-days Alaska cruises to Vancouver from Whitter, and the reverse
  • Repositioning transatlantic cruises
  • 12-days Mediterranean cruises from Venice and Barcelona.
  • (2016) 15-days Panama Canal cruises.

Majestic Princess

  • to be launched in 2017
  • year-round in Asia
  • to be homeported in Shanghai China for roundtrip cruises to Japan and Korea
  • (2017) 5-days from Rome (Civitavecchia) on April 4 - Maiden Adriatic Sea roundtrip cruise, visiting Kotor and Corfu.
  • (2017) 7-, 14-, 21- and 28-days Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, Athens and Rome (April 9-May 14).

Ocean Princess

  • 10-days Haiti cruises (round-trip, French Polynesia) from Papeete.
  • Northern Europe cruises from Dover (UK)
  • 14-days Baltic cruises (Russia and Scandinavia)
  • 8-days British Isles
  • 16-days Arctic & North Cape
  • 16-days Iceland-Greenland and Norway
  • 7-days Norwegian Fjords
  • (Mediterranean/Europe) one-way cruises from Greece and Italy (including Holy Land)
  • World Cruise to Europe/UK from Australia (South Africa route)
  • In March 2016, the ship will be sold to Oceania Cruises and renamed Sirena.

Pacific Princess

  • 111-days round-trip World Cruise from Los Angels (Panama Canal and Suez Canal transition routes)
  • 10-days round-trip cruise from Papeete to Tahiti
  • 7-days Alaska cruise from Whittier AK and Vancouver BC.
  • (2016) 14-days Caribbean Connoisseur (visiting Grenadines, BVI, Tobago, USVI).
  • (2017) Northern Europe, Scandinavia & Russia from London (Dover or Southampton) or Copenhagen, featuring an overnight in St. Petersburg.
  • (2017) Heritage itinerary, including overnights in St. Petersburg and Stockholm, departing from London (Dover).
  • (2017) 12-days British Isles cruises with last night stay in Edinburgh, a new late evening stay in Belfast, and an overnight in Dublin on select departures out of London (Southampton).
  • (2017) North Cape cruises to the Arctic Circle, with a maiden call in Haugesund, Norway. 
  • (2017) 14-days Iceland & Norway, visiting off-the-beaten path ports in the Shetland Islands and Iceland.  
  • (2017) Transatlantic passage featuring Iceland.

Regal Princess

  • Europe/Baltic from Warnemunde/Berlin, Copenhagen, St Petersburg (Russia)
  • 7-days from Ft Lauderdale Eastern Caribbean (Bahamas)
  • Transatlantic repositioning.
  • (2016)  7-days Eastern Caribbean (new port of call – Amber Cove /Dominican Republic), with St Thomas and a choice between Antigua/St Kitts/St Maarten
  • (2016) 7-days Western Caribbean (Jamaica, Princess Cays, Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
  • (2016) 7-days Canada and New England from New York (Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John and Halifax)
  • (2016) 5-days New England Fall cruise getaway from New York (Saint John, New Brunswick, Halifax).
  • (2017) Northern Europe, Scandinavia & Russia from London (Dover or Southampton) or Copenhagen, featuring an overnight in St. Petersburg. 

Royal Princess

  • Europe/UK British Isles and Baltic cruises from Southampton
  • Fall Foliage Canada/New England cruises departing from New York
  • 10-days Eastern-Southern Caribbean departing from Ft Lauderdale FL (20-days travel deals back to back)
  • Repositioning transatlantic.
  • (2016) 10-days Caribbean cruises (Eastern Voyager, Southern Medley) visiting Barbados, St Kitts, St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire
  • (2016) 4-days Eastern Caribbean (Princess Cays, Grand Turk).
  • (2017) 11-days Grand Mediterranean and 10-days Western Mediterranean - combined for a 21-days Grand Mediterranean Collection.
  • 7-, 14-, 21- and 28-days sailings throughout the Mediterranean.

Ruby Princess

  • 7-days from Seattle WA to Alaska
  • from Los Angeles around South America
  • 10-days Canada and New England “Fall Foliage” from NYC
  • 7-14days from Ft Lauderdale to the Caribbean
  • Repositioning transatlantic to Europe from Florida, to New York from Southampton).
  • (2016) 3- 5-days USA West Coast (“Catalina-Ensenada”) cruise getaways from Los Angeles (Catalina Island, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Baja Mexico/Ensenada).
  • (2016) 5-days Baja Mexico cruise getaway with overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas.

Sapphire Princess

  • 3-21-days Asia cruises from Singapore and China, visiting Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea.
  • Optional cruise tours offered in China and Japan, including along Yangtze River.
  • 2016 year-round itineraries from Shanghai - a 23-day season in Xiamen (June 15-July 7). 

Sea Princess

  • World Cruise from Sydney
  • 13-days to New Zealand from Brisbane
  • round-trip cruises (various lengths) to Asia from Fremantle.

Star Princess

  • Alaska cruises from Vancouver to Whittier
  • 15-days Ensenada and Hawaii
  • 10-days Mexico Riviera
  • 7-days Ensenada and California.
  • (2016) 3- 5-days USA West Coast (“Catalina-Ensenada”) cruise getaways from LA (Catalina Island, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ensenada).

Sun Princess

  • Asia Cruises
  • 3-8-days round-trip cruises to Russia, South Korea, Taiwan from Japan (Otaru, Kobe)
  • Australia round-trip cruises from Sydney
  • 13-14-days to Fiji and New Zealand
  • One-way relocation cruises between Singapore and Australia.

Princess cruise itinerary changes

For the first time, the Princess Cruises 2018 itinerary program will offer itineraries leaving from port Adelaide Australia. The program includes the Golden Princess ship operating on round-trips to New Zealand. The first departure is scheduled for Jan 8, 2018 (ports of call Melbourne AU, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Gisborne, Tauranga, Auckland, Fiordland Park).

In the end of April 2016, Princess announced that the line's 3 Australia-based cruise ships (Dawn, Sea and Sun) will start berthing at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (Yorkeys Knob, Queensland). Princess Cruises 2016-2017 Australia itinerary program includes a total of 17 ship calls in Caims (starting from June 8, 2016 with Dawn Princess). The decision was based on simulation exercises which confirmed the possibility of safe navigation through the estuary Trinity Inlet  and Cairns harbor.

On May 31, 2016, Princess Cruises announced its 2017-2018 North America itinerary program (September 2017 through April 2018). It includes a total of 11 ships with over 230 departures on 30+ itineraries to 70 different destinations in Caribbean, Mexico-California, Alaska-Canada and Hawaii.

  • One of the Princess Panama Canal cruise ships in 2017 will transit through the new locks, on the route Gatun - Pedro Miguel - Miraflores Locks. This is the Caribbean Princess ship to offer 10-night one-way transits. Panama Canal's new locks were officially inaugurated on June 26, 2016. The smaller in size fleetmates Coral and Island will transit the canal through the old locks. The new locks are result of a 9-year USD 5,2 billion building project.
  • Round-trips from Vancouver Canada to Hawaii will be offered by Star Princess (fall 2017, spring 2018) and Emerald Princess (two 28-day itineraries to Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, fall 2017, spring 2018).
  • Princess Mexico cruises from California are offered as 7-day itineraries out of Los Angeles (to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas) and as 10-day itineraries out of San Francisco (also visiting Manzanillo). Aslo from LA will be operated 10-day Baja and Sea of Cortez itineraries to San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Puerto Vallarta, California Coastal cruising.
  • Food and wine cruises are available on 7-day itineraries from Los Angeles and 10-day from Vancouver Canada. They include a new port of call (Monterey CA) offering visiting the Pebble Beach Golf Course, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the scenic road 17-Mile-Drive (through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove).
  • The Ruby and Emerald ships will also sail on 4-day USA West Coast Getaways from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara (or Catalina Island) and Ensenada Mexico. The 5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaways are with an overnight stay in port.
  • As a first ever itinerary for Princess Cruises, Emerald will offer a 12-day roundt-rip from Los Angeles to Alaska (visiting Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Vancouver BC) with Glacier Bay scenic cruising.
  • The new itinerary program also offers more ashore time for local culture and cuisine explorations. Select Caribbean, California and Hawaii itineraries will offer extended port stays in Aruba, Curacao, St Thomas USVA, Cozumel Mexico, San Francisco CA, San Diego CA, Long Beach CA, Honolulu Hawaii, also the overnight stays in Cabo San Lucas on the 5-day Mexican cruises from LA.

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