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 of Grand Princess

Grand Princess current cruise is 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco). Prices start from USD 962 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 May, 2019 and ends on 26 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
16 May 16:00    Departing from San Francisco, California hotels
19 May 13:30 - 22:00    Juneau, Alaska
20 May 11:00 - 16:00    Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
21 May 07:00 - 16:00    Haines, Alaska
22 May 12:00 - 20:00    Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
24 May 07:00 - 14:00    Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
26 May    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).

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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
2019 Apr 21 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco
2019 May 06 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco
2019 May 16 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $962
2019 May 26 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $889
2019 Jun 05 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $949
2019 Jun 15 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1101
2019 Jun 25 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco $1206
2019 Jul 05 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1249
2019 Jul 15 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco $1339
2019 Jul 25 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1199
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 $1199
2019 Aug 24 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1209
2019 Sep 03 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco $1249
2019 Sep 13 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1179
2019 Sep 23 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $1139
2019 Oct 03 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $1089
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco $1189
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco $1139
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast San Francisco $839
2019 Nov 03 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1609
2019 Nov 18 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1499
2019 Dec 03 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1479
2019 Dec 18 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $1439
2019 Dec 28 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1829
2020 Jan 12 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $1139
2020 Jan 22 5 days, round-trip West Coast Getaway with San Diego San Francisco $449
2020 Jan 27 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1679
2020 Feb 11 10 days, round-trip Mexican Riviera San Francisco $1189
2020 Feb 21 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1679
2020 Mar 07 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1679
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast San Francisco $989
2020 Mar 29 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco $1009
2020 Apr 05 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1679
2020 Apr 20 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands San Francisco $1679
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 $749
2020 May 09 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1429
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 $799
2020 May 23 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1519
2020 May 30 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $849
2020 Jun 06 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $849
2020 Jun 06 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1619
2020 Jun 13 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $899
2020 Jun 20 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $899
2020 Jun 20 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1709
2020 Jun 27 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $949
2020 Jul 04 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $899
2020 Jul 04 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1709
2020 Jul 11 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $949
2020 Jul 18 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1709
2020 Jul 18 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $899
2020 Jul 25 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $949
2020 Aug 01 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1709
2020 Aug 01 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $899
2020 Aug 08 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $949
2020 Aug 15 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1569
2020 Aug 15 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $849
2020 Aug 22 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $849
2020 Aug 29 14 days, round-trip Voyage of the Glaciers Grand Adventure Vancouver $1479
2020 Aug 29 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier Vancouver $799
2020 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver Whittier $799
2020 Sep 12 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Hubbard Glacier) Vancouver $1399