Grand Princess

Grand Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Grand Princess

Year built1998  /  Age : 21
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 Refurbishment2019
Christened byOlivia de Havilland

Current itinerary / position of Grand Princess

Grand Princess current cruise is 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park). Prices start from USD 1080 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 15 Jul, 2019 and ends on 25 Jul, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
15 Jul 16:00    Departing from San Francisco, California hotels
18 Jul 13:30 - 22:00    Juneau, Alaska
19 Jul 07:00 - 20:30    Skagway, Alaska
21 Jul 08:00 - 18:00    Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
23 Jul 07:00 - 14:00    Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
25 Jul    Arriving in San Francisco, California hotels

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 a 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 theatre 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 is the Grand Suite (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 speciality 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 speciality 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 a 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 (speciality 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. 

Grand Princess cruise ship

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 speciality 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, game shows)
  • 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 (speciality 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

Princess Cruises Grand ship is company's first Grand-class liner, with (same-designed) sisterships Golden and Star. The other (similarly-designed) vessels from this series are Caribbean, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire.

Ship's inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on May 27, 1998. Its godmother was Olivia de Havilland - US actress born in 1916 in Japan, to British parents, most popular for her role in "Gone with the Wind" 1939). Ship's naming ceremony was on September 29, 1998. The liner is a little different than its sisters. The used timber is of darker woods and the interior design is closer to Sun Class ships (smaller-sized).

During the inaugural season, many popular actors participated in shipboard live performances. 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 liners, Grand has the longest drydock refurbishment (2013). Skywalkers Nightclub was removed from the stern, but this opened space for other facilities - Crown Grill, Pizzeria, Leaves (tea lounge) and "The One5" (nightclub).

Fun fact is that the Grand ship was a background scene for an episode of UK's "The Apprentice" (TV reality game show).

Grand Princess - user reviews and comments

Photos of Grand Princess

Add Photo

Grand Princess ship related cruise news

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
2019 Jun 25 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco
2019 Jul 05 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco
2019 Jul 15 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco $1080
2019 Jul 25 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1048
2019 Aug 04 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1101
2019 Aug 14 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1080
2019 Aug 24 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1048
2019 Sep 03 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco $1099
2019 Sep 13 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $998
2019 Sep 23 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $929
2019 Oct 03 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $799
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco $1069
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco $956
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast San Francisco $669
2019 Nov 03 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1329
2019 Nov 18 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1159
2019 Dec 03 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1179
2019 Dec 18 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $1049
2019 Dec 28 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1459
2020 Jan 12 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $899
2020 Jan 22 5 days, round-trip West Coast Getaway with San Diego San Francisco $509
2020 Jan 27 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1579
2020 Feb 11 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $1119
2020 Feb 21 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1629
2020 Mar 07 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1629
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast San Francisco $819
2020 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco $1299
2020 Apr 05 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1629
2020 Apr 20 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1629
2020 May 05 4 days, one-way from San Francisco to Vancouver San Francisco $299
2020 May 09 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $699
2020 May 09 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1509
2020 May 16 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $799
2020 May 23 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $839
2020 May 23 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1599
2020 May 30 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $889
2020 Jun 06 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $889
2020 Jun 06 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1699
2020 Jun 13 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $939
2020 Jun 20 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $939
2020 Jun 20 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1789
2020 Jun 27 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $989
2020 Jul 04 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $939
2020 Jul 04 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1789
2020 Jul 11 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $989
2020 Jul 18 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $939
2020 Jul 18 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1789
2020 Jul 25 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $989
2020 Aug 01 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $939
2020 Aug 01 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1789
2020 Aug 08 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $989
2020 Aug 15 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $889
2020 Aug 15 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1649
2020 Aug 22 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $889
2020 Aug 29 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $839
2020 Aug 29 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1559
2020 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $839
2020 Sep 12 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Hubbard Glacier) Vancouver $1459
2020 Sep 22 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Vancouver $1769
2020 Oct 07 10 days, round-trip Classic California Coast Vancouver $1249
2020 Oct 17 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver $779
2020 Oct 17 38 days, one-way from Vancouver to Shanghai Vancouver $4959
2020 Oct 17 54 days, one-way from Vancouver to Singapore Vancouver $5219
2020 Oct 24 47 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Singapore Los Angeles $4399
2020 Nov 24 16 days, one-way from Shanghai to Singapore Shanghai $2079
2020 Dec 10 7 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Singapore $839
2020 Dec 17 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore $1959
2020 Dec 17 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $3579
2020 Dec 28 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore $1759
2020 Dec 28 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $3379
2021 Jan 07 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $2979
2021 Jan 07 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore $1759
2021 Jan 18 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $2979
2021 Jan 18 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore $1359
2021 Jan 28 15 days, round-trip Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam Singapore $2079
2021 Jan 28 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore $1759
2021 Feb 08 11 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Adventure Singapore $1559
2021 Feb 08 4 days, round-trip Thailand Getaway Singapore $499
2021 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Vietnam & Thailand Singapore $1239
2021 Feb 19 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $2879
2021 Feb 19 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore $1659
2021 Mar 02 21 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Grand Adventure Singapore $2879
2021 Mar 02 10 days, round-trip Malaysian Peninsula & Indonesia Singapore $1359
2021 Mar 12 11 days, round-trip Southeast Asia Singapore $1659
2021 Mar 23 38 days, one-way from Singapore to Southampton Singapore $4399
2021 Mar 23 12 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore $1359
2021 Apr 04 26 days, one-way from Dubai to Southampton Dubai $3179
2021 Apr 04 16 days, one-way from Dubai to Civitavecchia Dubai $1779
2021 Apr 20 10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Southampton Civitavecchia $1559

Grand Princess User Reviews

There are no user reviews for this ship. Be first, share your experience!

Write a Review