Grand Princess

Grand Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Grand Princess

Year built1998  /  Age : 20
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassGrand
Building costUSD 450 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)289 m / 948 ft
Beam (width)48 m / 157 ft
Gross Tonnage107517 gt
Passengers2602 - 3122
Crew1150
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks16
Cabins1301
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2016
Christened byOlivia de Havilland

Current itinerary of Grand Princess

Grand Princess current cruise is 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands. Prices start from USD 1160 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 18 Nov, 2018 and ends on 03 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
18 Nov 16:00      Departing from San Francisco, California   
23 Nov 07:00 - 23:00     Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii   
24 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Nawiliwili, Lihue, Kauai Island, Hawaii   
25 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Hilo, Hawaii Island   
26 Nov 07:00 - 18:00     Lahaina, Maui Island, Hawaii   
01 Dec 16:00 - 20:00     Ensenada, Baja California Mexico   
03 Dec      Arriving in San Francisco, California   

Review of Grand Princess

Launched in 1998, Grand Princess is the 1st Grand-class Princess Cruises ship, together with CrownDiamondCaribbeanGoldenEmeraldRubyStar and Sapphire.

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is an US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 ml) Nassau.

Grand Princess cruise ship

When Grand Princess was being built back in 1998, the 107,517-ton, 2,600-passenger cruise ship was described by the company as "the biggest, the fastest cruise vessel in the world, the most advanced... the grandest cruise liner on the ocean." Grand Princess did actually spend a year as the biggest, fastest and most sophisticated cruise vessel at sea, but she is now dwarfed by many others which are bigger, faster, newer and more technologically advanced. Over a decade later, the main vessel design which anchors Princess' most popular class still holds its own thanks to a massive refurbishment in May 2011. The multi-million dollar overhaul of Grand Princess included a full transformation of ship's atrium into the much jazzier Piazza (a newfangled addition represented by the fleet's most recent vessels that combines theater in the round with food and drink outlets). Grand eventually got her own version of The Sanctuary, a popular adult-only sun deck that was released on Crown Princess in 2006.

Cruise itinerary program

Grand Princess itinerary program is based on 15-day Hawaii and week-long Mexican Riviera cruises with departures from Los Angeles and San Francisco CA. In the summer, Grand Princess sails in Alaska leaving out of Vancouver BC (Canada).

Cabins

Most Grand Princess staterooms are 170-sq.foot balcony rooms (502). Almost 80% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1301 staterooms in 34 categories. 27 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Grand Princess are the Grand Suites (615 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Grand Princess passengers choose between open seating and two assigned dinner seatings; breakfast and lunch in all Princess restaurants are open seating. Alternative dinner venues include the reservations-only Sabatini’s Italian and Crown Grill restaurants (both with cover). All Princess Cruises Lido buffets are open around the clock. The Wheelhouse Bar serves a pub lunch, and a grill and pizzeria offer casual snack choices. The ice-cream bars and patisseries charge for premium ice cream and specialty coffee. A wine bar offers extra-charge artisan cheeses and evening snacks. Chef’s Table and Ultimate Balcony Dining options are also available, as is afternoon tea and room service.

Follows the complete list of Grand Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Michelangelo Restaurant (ship's aft Dining Room; dinner only - offers “Anytime Dining” between 5:30 p.m. -10 p.m.)
  • Crown Grill (160-seat steakhouse/seafood restaurant, reservations recommended; on select days serves British Pub Lunch, complimentary)
  • Da Vinci Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Lunch 12-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; features “Anytime Dining” for Dinner between 5:30-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.)
  • Botticelli Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; with 2 fixed seatings at 5:45 and 8 p.m.)
  • Sabatini’s Restaurant (Italian specialty restaurant; reservations recommended). The officially named "Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria" restaurant debuted on Grand Princess in 1998. Today, it is available fleetwide. In 2017, Princess Cruises announced the restaurant's fleetwide enhancement via partnership with celebrity chef Angelo Auriana. Among the upgrades are new interior design and updated menu (with antipasti and handmade pasta dishes by Chef Auriana). The transformed Sabatini’s debuted on Caribbean Princess in April 2017.
  • Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self service, complimentary fast food bar)
  • Alfredo’s Pizzeria (complimentary)
  • Horizon Court (self service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Sterling Steakhouse (specialty restaurant).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Grand's piazza is magnificent. Its wide range of entertainment makes the versatile spot a popular destination where guests never know what they'll see. The best vantage point is from a Piazza seating, or opt for a table in adjoining lounges like the International Cafe and the wine bar Vines. Beyond the piazza, there are production shows in Princess Theatre, first-run movies in Vista Lounge, daytime music poolside by Calypso Band, and the many activities prepared by the cruise director's staff. Passengers can also enjoy the nighttime strains of Rosario Strings in ship's Grand Atrium, the individual performers and comics in Explorer's and Vista Lounges, the country band in Wheelhouse Bar, and the action in One5, a sophisticated venue that replaced the Skywalker's disco. 

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Follows the complete list of Grand Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • International Cafe (24-hour specialty coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Vines Bar (wine/seafood/sushi bar)
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Princess Grand Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, gameshows)
  • Snooker’s Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
  • Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
  • Princess Grand Casino 
  • Leaves Tea Lounge & Library (specialty teas room and library)
  • Crooners Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars)
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
  • Vista Lounge & Bar
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (hosts dance classes and quizzes, after 7:30 p.m. becomes Disco & Nightclub)
  • Scoops Bar (Sundaes Ice Cream Bar, complimentary)
  • Al Fresco’s Bar; Sea Breeze Bar
  • Grand’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Hearts & Minds (Wedding Chapel)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Conservatory (recreation area); The Sanctuary (adult-only open air area); The Oasis relaxation area
  • Calypso Reef & Pool area; Neptune’s Reef & Pool area
  • Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard, Deck Chess; Princess Links mini golf course
  • The One5 Lounge & Nightclub.

Grand Princess wiki

  • The Princess Grand ship is the first of the line's Grand-class series. Her sisters in the fleet are Golden and Star. The other vessels from this series are CaribbeanCrownDiamondEmeraldRubySapphire.
  • Princess Cruises Grand ship set sail on her maiden voyage on the 27th of May 1998. Its godmother is the actress Olivia de Havilland, most popular for her role in "Gone with the wind". The ceremony took place on the 29th of September 1998. The ship is a little different than her sisters. The used timber is of darker woods and her interior design is closer to ships from the Sun Class, which are not that big.
  • During the inaugural season, many popular actors participated in performances on board the ship. Among those were Al Martino, Lorna Luft, Bob Anderson, Rita Moreno, Red Buttons. Famous musicians that worked that year were the Canadian band "Mud Sharks" and Dominic Halpin together with his band.
  • Of all Princess cruise ships, Grand has the longest refurbishment (2013 dry-dock). Skywalkers Nightclub was removed from the stern, but this opened space for another features as the Crown Grill, the Pizzeria, the Leaves tea lounge and the new nightclub "The One5".
  • Fun fact is that this Princess ship was a background scene for an episode of the UK's "The Apprentice" TV reality.

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Grand Princess Itineraries

The below listed Grand Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 08 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco
2018 Nov 18 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1160
2018 Dec 03 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$588
2018 Dec 13 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$729
2018 Dec 23 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1358
2019 Jan 07 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$678
2019 Jan 17 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$698
2019 Jan 27 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1669
2019 Feb 11 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$749
2019 Feb 21 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$789
2019 Mar 20 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$849
2019 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast San Francisco$979
2019 Apr 06 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1599
2019 Apr 21 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1699
2019 May 06 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco$1299
2019 May 16 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1349
2019 May 26 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1379
2019 Jun 05 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1349
2019 Jun 15 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1559
2019 Jun 25 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco$1679
2019 Jul 05 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1529
2019 Jul 15 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco$1729
2019 Jul 25 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1479
2019 Aug 04 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1329
2019 Aug 14 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1349
2019 Aug 24 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1349
2019 Sep 03 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco$1339
2019 Sep 13 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco$1399
2019 Sep 23 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$1079
2019 Oct 03 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$1079
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco$979
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco$1019
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast San Francisco$799
2019 Nov 03 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1649
2019 Nov 18 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1549
2019 Dec 03 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1549
2019 Dec 18 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$1679
2019 Dec 28 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1949
2020 Jan 12 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$979
2020 Jan 22 5 days, round-trip West Coast Getaway with San Diego San Francisco$499
2020 Jan 27 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1649
2020 Feb 11 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco$979
2020 Feb 21 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1649
2020 Mar 07 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1649
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast San Francisco$879
2020 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco$979
2020 Apr 05 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1649
2020 Apr 20 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco$1649
2020 May 05 4 days, one-way from San Francisco to Vancouver San Francisco$299